Fudadin hits ton in National team practice match
Vishal Singh continues good form with 68
By Sean Devers
On a flat track in scorching heat at the Police ground Assad Fudadin stroked an accomplished 106 while Vishal Singh continued his good form with 68 as the Guyana National team reached 287-8 against a Leon Johnson-led Rest side yesterday on the opening day of their 3-day practice cricket match.
The 24-year-old Fudadin reached the boundary 10 times and cleared it on 4 occasions in his 117-ball ton while Singh’s 68 was decorated with 8 fours from 133 balls.
Fast bowling all-rounder Esuan Crandon finished unbeaten on 43 with 3 fours and a six and along with Trevor Benn, the first Police cricketer to gain selection on a Guyana First-Class team since Mark Burnette played against the Leewards in 1994, added 46 in an unfinished 9th wicket stand.
Former Guyana under-19 off-spinner Steven Latcha took 3-40 from 19 overs while left-arm unorthodox spinner Totaram Bishun, another former Guyana under-19 spinner, supported with 2-91 from 23 overs.
Fudadin, who averages 29.90 from 27 First Class games with 5 fifties, batted solidly for the National team, without West Indies players Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Travis Dowlin and Narsingh Deonarine who are returning from Australia.
Sewnarine Chattergoon was also absent yesterday due to illness of his mother.
TCL Group West Indies under-19 left-handed opener Trevon Griffith (8), who leaves the region on December 30 for next year’s under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, was removed by Trevon Garraway at 25-1 while Ex- West Indies youth batsman Rajendra Chandrika (31) was run out at 48-2 just when he seemed set for a good score.
From a lunch-time score of 87-2, Fudadin and the diminutive 20-year-old Singh took the score to 182 before Fudadin, was taken at point off former Guyana youth pacer Keyron Fraser at 182-3, just before Tea.
Bishun trapped West Indies ODI player Royston Crandon leg before for 7 at 208-4 while Latcha, who bowled with good control despite struggling to turn the ball, had Deon Ferrier (7) caught behind to an arm-ball at 227-5.
Latcha then had Singh, who played his solitary First-Class match against Barbados this year, taken at deep mid-on at 228-6 after he was dropped in the same position off the same bowler.
Bishun removed Derwin Christian (1) and Latcha got rid of Veerasammy Permaul (7) to leave the score on 241-8.
The left-handed Esuan Crandon batted positively and got good support from the level-headed Benn as the pair of pacers defied the bowlers in a productive unfinished partnership.
Pacer Keon Joseph, the other Guyanese in the TCL Group West Indies under-19 team to visit New Zealand, was rested due to a niggling but not serious ankle injury.
Guyana face Trinidad and Tobago in Antigua from January 15-18 in the historic inaugural Day/Night First-Class match in the West Indies.
The squad, which should be led by Ramnaresh Sarwan, is expected to break camp on Christmas Eve day before returning to the City on January 4.
Coach Rabindranauth Seeram said that he is satisfied with the level of fitness shown by the players after their recent training camp. Seeram said that it is unclear if the team, which could depart Guyana on January 13 for their first match, will have a practice match under lights with the pink ball before they leave.
It is understood that the Guyana National Stadium (the only facility in Guyana with proper lights for night cricket) is unavailable.