Chanderpaul visits son at National U-15 trials
Hemraj (2-7 & 53) star in penultimate trial
By Sean Devers
West Indies runs machine Shivnarine Chanderpaul yesterday made an appearance at the second and penultimate Guyana 50-over under-15 trial match at the DCC ground to visit his son who is involved in the matches.
Chanderpaul’s visit was the highlight of the day for the wide-eyed youngsters hoping to make the Guyana team for the regional under-15 championships which starts in Guyana on April 6 and provided a rare opportunity for three generations of Chanderpaul cricketers to be at the same cricket ground together.
Chanderpaul, his father Kemraj (credited with being Shiv’s first coach) and his eldest son Brandon took time out to pose for photographers along with Chanderpaul’s wife Amy and their year-old baby Bradley, who seemed only too delighted to play with his half-brother. And while Shiv, recently awarded Guyana’s third highest national award, is accustomed to having thousands flock cricket grounds to see his dependable batting, it was the former West Indies Captain who was the spectator yesterday as his son opened the batting.
Still with two more years left at this level, Brandon’s temperament is already compared to his father’s and while the little left-hander from GYO might still not be strong or established enough to replicate his father’s reverse sweeps for six, little Brandon rarely gives his wicket away and can bowl with both arms.
Yesterday Brandon made just seven before cutting a ball to point off pacer Mark Anthony to leave Ricardo Adam’s X1 on 9-1, but spending time with his father, grandfather and baby brother at the same time was surly a memorable moment for future national hopeful.
Christopher Surat (7) was stumped off Rajendra Dasrat at 24-2 while Anthony Rigby was run out for six as Adams’ X1 slipped to 28-3.
The skipper offered resistance with a 51-ball 35 with three fours and a six and Sunil Rupee looked good in his 57-ball 24 but nobody else reached double figures as extras contributed 28 in a total of 164-12 off 49.1 overs.
DCC leg-spinner Omesh Danram had 3-3 from four overs while Hemraj took 2-7 with his left-arm spin for Shaquille Williams’ X1 who reached 172-7 off 48.2 overs when the game was called off in fading light.
Brian Sattaur (14) and Karamchan Mahabali (27) added 36 for the first wicket before the very impressive Kareem Naughton removed Sattuar and Kevin Ramdeen got rid of Mahabali at 53-2.
GYO’s Mohan Ramdeen again looked good in his 23 but it was Hemraj who stole the show with an accomplished 53 from 54 balls with five fours and two sixes.
The final trial is scheduled for today at the DCC ground and the Guyana squad, which will play Barbados in their opening match, should be selected this afternoon.