Chandrika warms up for Jamaica with unbeaten ton
Twenty-two year old former West Indies Under-19 opening batsman Rajendra Chandrika yesterday warmed up for Guyana’s opening Regional 4-day match against host Jamaica from next Friday with an attractive unbeaten century on the first day of a two-day practice match at Bourda.
The Enterprise right-hander, who plays for Everest in local cricket, stroked the ball sweetly on the slow track in sunny conditions to help Assad Fudadin’s X1 to 222-2 by the close against Davendra Bishoo’s X1.
Chandrika averages 25.45 from six First Class matches for Guyana and represented the West Indies youths in the 2007 Senior Regional 50-over series. He added 80 in a solid opening partnership with the Shemroy Barrington who played some delightful shots in his 42 before he played no shot to a leg-spinner from a Bishoo google and was leg before.
Twenty-three year-old former West Indies Under-19 Skipper Leon Johnson, who has played 3 ODIs for the West Indies and averages 26.50 from 20 First-Class matches, also looked in good touch before he pulled a short ball from Bishoo to deep mid-wicket after making 50.
Chandrika then retired ‘out’ to give others an opportunity to bat and by the close Vishal Singh, who like Steven Jacobs was drafted into the side after Sewnarine Chattergoon and Narsingh Deonarine were forced to pull out with injury, was unbeaten on 13. With him is skipper Fudadin on 9.
Play on the second day is scheduled commence at 09:30 today.