Pooran (107), Singh (101), Permaul (5-76) excel in opening round
By Sean Devers
With a winner’s prize of $200,000, the President’s cup three-day cricket competition was supposed to be a replacement for the annual senior Inter County competition but the opening round game between the Clive Lloyd Super Cats (CLSC) and the Rohan Kanhai Strikers (RKS) at DCC lacked the competitive edge and appeared more like a glorified trial match.
When the game was called off at 16:00hrs on the final day yesterday because the DCC players had to use their ground for practice, RKS, set 351 to win in a just over a session, were 159-4.
Scores: CLSC: 416 & 194-5 declared, RKS 260 & 159-4.
According to President of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Chetram Singh, the Inter County country three-day tournament was squashed because of the consistent poor performances of the Essequibo team, but the new competition which also involves the Lance Gibbs Tigers and is being played among the top 48 players in the country was almost farcical with two wicket-keepers (none of whom batted when RKS batted in their first innings) used to do duties behind the stumps in the same innings.
CLSC’s Skipper Leon Johnson demoted himself to number seven in his team’s first innings while Kaieteur Sports was informed that the selectors (at the venue to watch the performances of the players ahead of the Carib Beer regional first class competition which starts in December) wanted to dictate who should bat and bowl and when they should do so although, if as the GCB Press release indicated, they had no authority to interfere with the duties of the coaches and captains in GCB run competitions so as this one.
“The selectors sent a batting order and instructions as to who should bowl. I have no problems with that if this was a trial game but we are trying to win a competition with prize money and everything and this is the first time I have never seen the selectors get involved in the inter county games. This whole competition seems to be a waste of time,” one of the coaches lamented yesterday.
A senior player added that when he saw two keepers who had not batted going out to keep, he knew this could not be a competition as they had been told.
First-Class batsman Hoomchand Pooran showed his experience with a solid 107 while 2007 Guyana under-19 player Vishal Singh stroked a well compiled 101 and got support from West Indies under-19 Vice Captain Steven Jacobs who batted very well for 59 in CLSC’s first innings.
Johnson chipped in with 47, while Rakesh Goberdhan (47) and former West Indies under-19 batsman Richard Ramdeen (35) were also among the runs for CLSC as pacers Paul Wintz (4-47), Trevon Garraway (3-73) and Kyron Fraser (2-60) bowled well.
First-class opener Krishna Arjune looked confident and showed no signs of his shoulder injury in his 73-ball 68 while former West Indies under-19 left-hander Gajanand Singh (45) and Rakesh Goberdhan (41) also contributed with the bat in RKS’s reply.
West Indies under-19 left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (5-76), off-spinner Zaheer Mohamed (3-46) and pacer Esaun Crandon (2-35) did the damage with the ball for CLSC.
Jacobs was again among the runs in the second innings with an accomplished 54 while Berbician Ranga Lachigadu scored 76. Johnson was unbeaten on 18 when the declaration was made 30 minutes after lunch yesterday after Orin Forde had picked up 3-25 with his off-spin and Garraway 2-22. Former Guyana wicket keeper Delroy Jacobs enjoyed a good game behind the stumps with four dismissals for RKS.
Gajanand Singh (38) and Skipper Narsingh Deonarine (25) got starts in RKS second innings as Arjune again batted soundly. But with some of the fielders showing little enthusiasm during the closing stages of the game and Kelon Carmichael and Anthony Bramble surprisingly being sent ahead of the specialist batsmen, the game ended with most of the spectators shaking their heads in disappointment at the apparent waste of money on a competition that is not really a competition.
Contrary to the Laws of cricket, just once scorer was present for the first round game which had a reserve Umpire and a Match-Referee.
CLSC and LGT face each other in the next round at Bourda from Tuesday and while Chairman of the GCB Competition’s committee informed that the competition should be played with the Carib Beer regulations, one of the umpires yesterday confirmed that the selectors made up their own ‘regulations’ as the match proceeded.
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