By Sean Devers in Trinidad In association with Busta, Noble House Seafoods & Carib Beer
Guyana had something to smile about yesterday as 20-year-old Steven Jacobs unleashed an array of pugnacious shots in an entertaining 54 on another rain-hit second day of the WICB Regional four day match between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago at the Queens Park Oval.
By the time bad light stopped play 17:47hrs, the hosts were 53-1 off 18 overs replying to Guyana’s 282 after Sewnarine Chattergoon (68) and Skipper Travis Dowlin (42) wasted good starts with impetuosity.
Jacobs, who struck six fours and a six in his 72-ball half-century also failed to bat to the end as leg-spinner Imran Khan (5-42) removed Jacobs and Brandon Bess in two balls to finish off the Guyana innings.
Needing 283 for first innings points, T&T began their reply with 27 overs left on the second day and by the close had reduced the deficit to 229 with schoolboy Adrian Barath on 29 and Skipper Daren Ganga on seven.
Founded in 1891, the Queens Park Oval is one of the larger and more colorful cricket venues in the region but the empty stands and murky weather combined yesterday to produce a bland atmosphere.
Guyana resumed on 129-3 with Chattergoon on 42 and Dowlin on 14 and the pair batted responsibly in overcast conditions. Chattergoon reached his 18th half century at this level and first for the season and only played at balls he had to as he looked set for a long innings. Dowlin was a bit more adventurous and survived a confident leg before shout on 31 from debutant pacer Navin Stewart who bent his back and tested the Guyana captain with a few shorts balls on a track with little help for the pacers.
Daren Ganga used an all-pace attack for most of the first session and reaped success when Chattergoon played a rare impetuous shot and edged a loose cut to a wide ball from Rayad Emrit to leave Guyana on 173-4 and spoil all of his diligent work.
His 68 lasted 121 balls and was decorated with four fours and a six as he played the supporting role in the 69-run stand with his Skipper.
Assad Fudadin joined Dowlin with rain again threatening to interrupt the action and after facing just three balls, the players were sent scurrying off the field at 11:13hrs due to more rain. Play resumed at 13:18hrs and when eight away from his 20th First-Class ton, Dowlin hit the first ball from Khan (a full toss) straight to mid-on to leave Guyana on 184-5.
Four minutes before the re-scheduled 15:10hrs Tea break, another shower stopped play with Guyana on 277-8 with Jacobs on 53 and Veerasammy Permaul on one. Jacobs was caught behind and Bess leg before as Khan captured his second five-wicket haul.
Khan (7) then clipped a Chris Barnwell full-toss to Leon Johnson at short leg as Trinidad and Tobago slipped to 20-1 before Ganga and 18-year-old Barath saw their team to the close without further loss.
Barath looked very solid yesterday afternoon and along with his experienced 30-year-old Skipper will want to extend the second wicket partnership well into the first session today for the likes of the exciting 20-year-old Daren Bravo and others to build on.
The Guyanese will have other ideas and if Bishoo and Permaul can bowl with consistency an intriguing of cricket could be anticipated today.
But a couple a magnificent cover driven boundaries and a scintillating pull for four off Barnwell just before the close would have reminded the South Americans of Barath’s class.
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