By Sean Devers
Guyana First-class opener Krishna Arjune capitalized on a slow track with absolutely no help for the bowlers to hit 59 as Travis Dowlin’s X1 reached 148-3 against Esuan Crandon’s X1 on the truncated opening day of their three-day Carib Beer practice match at the Guyana National Stadium yesterday.
When play eventually began after the first session and 35 minutes of the second was lost due to heavy overnight and morning rain, Shemroy Barrington (2) was run out at the non-strikers end attempting an impossible second run with just six runs on the board.
Narsingh Deonarine joined the 28-year-old Arjune and together they took the score to 67-1 by tea with careful batting on the large and fast outfield as the bowlers were steady but unpenitrative in sunny conditions.
Just after tea, Deonarine, who stroked four fours in his 34, played an injudicious swipe at West Under-19 left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and skied a catch for the wicketkeeper to take to leave the score on 70-2.
Arjune, who has two centuries and averages 24.53 from 38 first-class games, looked rock solid and along with the 29-year-old Hoomchand Pooran, who played the last of his 10 first class games for Guyana five years ago, added 51 for the third wicket before Arjune was caught behind by Derwin Christian off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.
His carefully constructed 59 was decorated with five fours and lasted 223 minutes and 122 balls.
When stumps were drawn Pooran was unbeaten on 29 from 79 balls with two fours while Assad Fudadin, who swept off-spinner Zaheer Mohamed for four off the day’s final ball, was not out on six.
The match is scheduled to continue today from 10:00hrs and the Guyanese are preparing for the 2009 regional first-class season which starts on January 9 when Guyana face the Windward Islands in Grenada in the first of their four consecutive ‘away’ games in the seven team competition.
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