Foo smashes 61 as Practice Match ends in draw
By Sean Devers
Jonathon Foo smashed a typically pugnacious 61 for the Rest Team before their four-day Practice Match at the Guyana National Stadium against the Guyana team ended in a draw on the final day.
Scores: (National team 203-9 dec & 294-8 dec: Rest team 200 all out & 160-8)
The Nationals resumed the final day on 257-4 and overnight batsman Assad Fudadin retired out on his third day 117, while Narsingh Deonarine (5), Anthony Bramble (3) and Veerasammy Permaul (10) also fell in quick succession, with Royston Crandon, who got rid of Deonarine and Bramble. Deonarine picked up the last two wickets to finish with 2-13, having represented both teams to get in valuable practice.
The Rest Team, set 298 to win slipped to 90-5 when Deonarine who, also batted for both sides, was bowled off the inside edge for 20 by Keon Joseph who bowled too short and wide on an unresponsive track and fast outfield.
Joseph made the break through when he dismissed Royan Fredericks (24) at 26-1 before Ronsford Beaton had Rajendra Chandrika (6), to leave the score on 43-2. It was soon 51-3 when Robin Bacchus (12) fell to Christopher Barnwell, who also removed Rajiv Ivan (7) at 73-4.
After Deonarine departed, Foo and Crandon took the score 123 before Crandon (7) missed an impetuous drive at a rare flighted delivery from Bishoo and was comprehensively bowled. The expensive Joseph, who conceded 73 from his eight overs, had his third scalp when he orchestrated the demise of Ricardo Adams (5) as the Rest Combination slipped to 128-7.
The contest was called off the 15:40hrs when Foo missed an almighty swing at Bishoo and was bowled.
In addition to Joseph, Bishoo had 2-16 and Barnwell 2-26 for Guyana who depart there shores on Tuesday to play host Jamaica in their opening match from February 28 at Sabina Park.
The Guyanese will be led by Leon Johnson with Shiv Chanderpaul as his deputy and the 14-man squad includes six players with Test experience.