Jul 22, 2009 Sports
By Sean Devers in Jamaica
In association with Digicel, TCL, Western Union, GSL, Pepsi, Smalta & Demerara Power Company
Jonathon Foo hit a confident 51 and Alex Amsterdam took 4 last session wickets to keep Guyana in the hunt for first innings points against defending champions Barbados at the Jamalco ground yesterday in their 4
th round TCL group Regional three-day Under-19 cricket series.
At stumps Barbados were 83-5 replying to Guyana’s 169, still needing 87 runs for first innings points with five wickets in hand going into the second day today.
Foo hit 3 fours and 2 sixes from 62 balls and 72 minutes in his 51 as Guyana were dismissed at Tea with Barbados Skipper Jason Holder taking 4-34 and left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican 3-27.
Amsterdam, picked more for his left-handed middle order batting, took 4-12 from 15 overs off steady off-spin to leave Barbados in a dodgy position heading into the penultimate day.
Watched by a handful of spectators in uncomfortably hot conditions, Guyana elected to bat on a rough and heavy outfield. Trevon Griffith (rapped painfully on his left hand in the first over from Jeremy Marshall) put together 56 with Skipper Anthony Bramble against a new ball attack which sent down a barrage of short balls on a track with pace and bounce.
With the Bauxite trains passing regularly just beyond the boundary and the fumes of Caustic Soda from the Jamalco Factory floating across the ground, (located in Clarendon, an hour away from Kingston) the Guyanese openers batted intelligently against the short-pitched attack.
Although a ball grazed his helmet for four leg-byes, Griffith got under most of the short balls and flicked Jason Holder elegantly off his legs for four when he pitched up before pulling the pacer over mid-wicket for six.
Bramble, who made 78 after being promoted to open in the last game, played the supporting role as the openers grew in confidence as their innings progressed.
Griffith, who scored the tournament’s first century, drove Marshall down the ground and punched him gloriously through cover for boundaries in one over before Bramble (10) pushed at a ball which left him and bounced from Holder and was caught behind.
Jeetendra Sookdeo, one of eight players who played last year, never suggested permanence and was caught behind off Warrican for one as Guyana slipped to 59-2.
Royston Alkins and Griffith took the score 68 before the DCC left-hander again wasted an opportunity for a substantial score when he was taken at gully off medium pacer Kyle Mayers. His 34 lasted 70 balls, 86 minutes and was decorated with 4 fours and a six.
Foo began his innings in positive fashion and by lunch was unbeaten on 34 which included two effortless sixes off the spinners while Alkins, whose first four scoring shots were boundaries, fell off the last ball before lunch; caught at slip playing forward to leg-spinner Mario Miller. His 19 came from 35 balls and his demise ensured the session was an even one with Guyana scoring quickly but losing wickets also.
The plot to exploit Guyana’s discomfort to short bowling continued after Lunch and Seon Hetmyer (1) got himself into an awkward tangle as he fended a bouncer from Holder who did well to hold the lobbed catch low down on his follow through to leave the score on 116-5.
Foo continued to stroke the ball with authority and soon reached his 2
nd fifty at this level before he was leg before to Holder who hardly bowled a pitched-up delivery.
Foo’s 51 came from 62 balls, 72 minutes with 3 fours and 2 sixes and he departed with his team on 136-6.
Totaram Bishun, who has shown very good batting temperament, found a short ball from the impressive Holder too hot to handle and fended it to gully before he had scored as Guyana slumped from 113-4 to 136-7.
Amsterdam (26*) soon ran out of partners as Keon Joseph (5) was run out and debutant Antony Adams (3) and Seon Daniels (0) were removed by Warrican who took his wicket tally to 22 scalps as Guyana lost their last 7 wickets for 56 runs.
The Bajans began their reply at the start of the final session and lost their first wicket when Kraigg Braithwaite, who was a member of the West Indies 1
Test squad in St Vincent, edged part-time off-spinner Amsterdam to slip where Griffith took a stupendous catch low to his left and almost behind him. Braithwaite made 22 and Barbados were 42-1 in windy conditions.
Barbados’ deficiency to spin was again exposed as Amsterdam got rid of Dario Cummins (0) and Royston Chase (3) as Barbados slipped to 52-3
Anthony Alleyne, who scored a ton in the last round stayed around for 104 minutes and hit 5 fours in his 30 before he was bowled by Griffith at 66-4 before Holder, who seemed intent on wasting time in overcast conditions, was bowled by Amsterdam for 3 just before the close as Guyana fought themselves back into the game.
Coach Hubern Evans said while he was disappointed with the batting performance, he was pleased with the work in the final session, especially Amsterdam who did not try to do too much with the ball except to hold a steady line and length.
Evans though is hoping for an improved showing from his leading bowler Bishun who struggled with his direction and pace in his 3-over spell which cost 10 runs yesterday.
Guyana left out left-arm pacer Andre Stoll, pacer Ronsford Beaton and opener Herrell Greene for their starting X1.
T Griffith c Reifer b Mayers 34
A Bramble c Wkp Dowrich b Holder 10
J Sookdeo c Wkp Dowrich b Warrican 01
R Alkins c Alleyne b Miller 19
J Foo lbw b Holder 51
S Hetmyer c&b Holder 01
A Amsterdam not out 26
T Bishun c Chase b Holder 00
K Joseph run out 05
A Adams c Reifer b Warrican 03
S Daniels lbw b Warrican 00
Extras (lb-11, b-1, nb-7) 19
Total (all out off 47.4 overs) 169
56, 59, 68, 113, 116, 136, 136, 154,169,169
Marshall 6-1-24-0, Holder 12-2-34-4, Mayers 6-1-26-1, Warrican 9.4-2-27-3, Miller 9-1-30-1, Chase 5-1-16-1
K Braithwaite c Griffith b Amsterdam 22
A Alleyne b Griffith 30
D Cummins c Alkins b Amsterdam 00
R Chase b Amsterdam 03
R Reifer not out 14
J Holder b Amsterdam 03
K Mayers not out 06
Extras (b-1, nb-3, w-1) 05
Total (for 5 wickets) 83
42, 42, 52, 66, 69 Joseph 5-0-20-0, Daniels 4-1-16-0, Amsterdam 15-9-12-4, Adams 8-3-15-0, Bishun 3-0-10-0, Griffith 3-1-6-1.
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