Nationals take 1st innings points from Rest Team
The National First-Class team were 42-1 in their second innings, extending their lead to 45, when day two of their four-day game ended yesterday at the National Stadium, Providence.
The Guyanese, preparing for their opening round game against Jamaica at Sabina Park from February 28, made 203-9 declared in the first innings before dismissing the opposition for 200 in 59.1 overs in the low scoring encounter on another day blessed with glorious sunshine.
Resuming on 11-1 the Rest Team were all out in the final session as only Ricardo Adams who top scored with 46. But he only got support from Royston Crandon (34) and Rajiv Ivan (31).
Leg-Spinner Devendra Bishoo removed Crandon, Zaheer Mohamed (4), Adams and Steven Sankar (0) to finish with 4-38 from 13 overs after Christopher Barnwell had gotten rid of Robin Bacchus (13) Rajendra Chandrika (13) to end with 2-12 from seven overs on the flat track. Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul also had 2-57 from 16.1 overs.
The only partnership of note was the 47 for the seventh wicket posted by Crandon and Adams. When the Nationals batted a second time, they lost Sewnarine Chattergoon, who was bowled off an inside edge playing a lazy shot to fast bowler Raun Johnson for six before Assad Fudadin, who was 21 not out when stumps were drawn and Skipper Leon Johnson (5*) saw their team to the close without further loss.