By Sean Devers in Jamaica In association with Digicel, TCL,
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Left-arm unorthodox spinner Totaram Bishun grabbed 3-8 from 9 overs to lead a Guyana fight back against hosts Jamaica on the opening day of their second round TCL Group Regional Under-19 three-day cricket match at Sabina Park yesterday.
Bishun plucked out 3 wickets in the space of 10 runs to leave Jamaica on 67-4, still 93 away from the 160 made by the Guyanese.
Left-arm spinner Patrick Harty snatched 4-52 from 16.3 overs for Jamaica on a slow track and heavy outfield, after Guyana were asked to bat first in overcast conditions.
Trevon Griffith, the first centurion in this year’s competition, added 29 for the first wicket with Herrell Greene (8) before Greene top-edged a hook at left-arm pacer Romeo Dunka high to cover while Griffith also fell to the hook shot at 48-2.
Griffith again looked in impeccable form and brought the handful of spectators to life with a gorgeous straight drive which was followed up by two disdainful whips off his pads for boundaries in one over from pacer Nicholson Gordon.
The ploy was to bowl short at the left-hander who was not afraid to hook but after top-edging Dunka for six over fine-leg, Griffith could not resist the temptation to hook and hit a ball straight to deep backward square after being dropped at the same position off the previous delivery as Gordon got his revenge.
Griffith ‘s cameo 38 lasted 35 balls and 50 minutes and was decorated with 5 fours and six.
Jeetendra Sookdeo (2) struggled for 28 minutes to get the ball away before he edged a catch to the keeper at 48-3 while Seon Hetmyer (7) and Jonathon Foo (16) fell in the space of 2 runs just before lunch as Guyana slipped to 74-4.
Hetmyer was LBW to Garth Garvey while Foo, in his 6th year as a Guyana youth player again orchestrated his own demise with impetuosity. Foo, who was caught on the cover boundary for a first ball duck in his previous innings when Guyana lost to the Leewards, charged down at Harty minutes before lunch and was taken at mid-off to again expose his lack of mental fortitude in national colours.
From 81-5 at lunch, Royston Alkins and debutant Alex Amsterdam batted responsibility to add 58 for the 6th wicket before both batsmen threw their wickets away in the space of a run to leave Guyana on 133-7.
Amsterdam, who hit 2 fours in 100-ball 29 offered a soft return catch to leg-spinner Akeem Dewar while Alkins inexplicably unleashed a wild swipe at Dewar high to mid-off after doing all the hard work. His 30 came from 118 balls and included a solitary boundary.
Harty quickly removed Skipper Anthony Bramble (2) and Bishun (2) as Guyana slumped to 133-9 before last man Seon Daniels hit 3 massive sixes in an entertaining 9-ball 20 before he missed a big slog-sweep at Harty and was LBW leaving Ronsford Beaton unbeaten on 3 on debut as the Guyana innings ended at Tea.
Dunka (2-34) and Dewar (2-21) supported Harty for Jamaica who were soon 30-1 in reply when Beaton, who bowled with genuine pace, trapped Brian Clarke (6) LBW. John Campbell (17) was ju
St beginning to look ominous when he recklessly hit Bishun’s first ball high to mid-off to leave Jamaica on 44-2.
Bishun quickly removed Ramon Senior (1) and Garvy (1) as Guyana, who like Jamaica lost their opening match, fought back.
Skipper Paul Palmer was still their on 20 at the close while Jermaine Blackwood was with him on 7 and Jamaica, without premier batsman Andre Creary (who is reportedly carrying an injury with the make-shift West Indies squad which lost the 1st Test to Bangladesh yesterday) still need to do some work with the bat today on a track that should play quicker than it did yesterday.
Guyana Coach Hubern Evans said he was again disappointed with poor shot selection of his main batsmen and is hoping that his bowlers can restrict Jamaica today.
Guyana’s fastest bowler Keon Joseph pulled a hamstring muscle just before the match while Andre Stoll and Anthony Adams were the others players left out yesterday.
The 7 players affected by the ‘flu’ have all recovered and Manager Alvin Johnson expressed disappointment with the level of application and mental strength being shown by most of the players.
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