Deonarine (3-18) leads Guyana fight back
By Sean Devers in Antigua
In association with Leisure Inn, Carib Beer, Tower Hotel & Raphael’s Reality
A five-wicket haul (5-96) from leg-spinner Imran Khan helped Trinidad and Tobago to a 143-run first innings lead against Guyana on the penultimate day of their Regional 4-day Day/Night cricket match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium yesterday. But the South Americans were fighting back by the close; claiming 5 T&T wickets for just 8 runs to set up what could be an exciting Guyana run-chase on the final day today.
By the close, T&T had slumped from 131-2 to 139-7 with Deonarine, belatedly brought into the attack, taking 3-18 from 6 overs. Denesh Ramdin (4) and Imran Khan (4) were the unbeaten batsmen as T&T enjoy a lead of 290 going into today’s final day.
Even with the excellent drainage system, heavy early and mid-morning rain delayed the start of play by 75 minutes although the ground showed no signs of the downpour when the action commenced at 14:15hrs.
The biggest disappointment was the small crowd support for a Sunday but many here attributed that to the absence of the big name players like Sarwan, Chanderpaul, the Bravos, Pollard and Barath and the fact that a major football ‘double header’ was played at the ARG last night which attracted thousands of fans.
Guyana, chasing T&T’s 416, began the day on 171-4 and quickly lost Narsingh Deonarine who added 10 to his overnight 33 before he got a good delivery from Ravi Rampaul and was taken at slip at 182-5. His 43 included 4 fours and lasted 87 balls and 97 minutes and his partnership with Singh was worth 49 runs.
Singh was next to go when he edged a googlie from Khan to slip at 184-6 as T&T maintained the pressure. Derwin Christian got going with 3 smashing boundaries, 2 off successive ball from Rampaul and by lunch he was on 16, Crandon was on 10 and Guyana 213-6.
Just when he appeared set for a 50, Christian, who batted very well on the slow track, was caught at bat/pad as he pushed forward to off-spinner Sherwin Ganga at 255-7. Christian and Crandon who ensured Guyana passed the 266 follow-on score by hitting Khan for six over long-off, put together 71 for the 7th wicket with Christian hitting 5 fours and a six in his 54-ball and 65-minute innings, while Crandon who hit 3 fours and a six in his 79-ball and 78-minute 40, also fell when insight of his 50.
Davendra Bishoo was taken under the bat for a duck off Khan at 256-8 before Crandon seemed a bit unlucky to be LBW to Khan at 273-9.
Brendon Bess did not suggest permanence and was LBW to Khan for a duck leaving Veerasammy Permaul unbeaten on 4 as Guyana were dismissed in sunny conditions143 short of T&T’s total. Test off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth (2-67) supported Khan for T&T who were off to a horrible start when Simmons edged Bess to Christian in the first over before T&T had scored.
Bess, bowling with genuine pace and good control on the placid surface, got wonderful support from Crandon who operated with great accuracy.
Assad Fudadin was asked to keep one end ‘locked up’ with his medium pace and did a commendable job for his team as he moved the ball both ways and bowled a good line. He also got rid of Guillien for 16 just before Tea to leave T&T on 39-2 at the break with Ganga on 22.
After the break T&T were kept in check by controlled bowling and Bishoo produced his best spell of the game although he was lofted for a six by Jason Mohamed. Deonarine had Mohamed caught at bat/pad at 131-3 while Sherwin Ganga ended in the same crease with his brother and was run out for one, 2 runs later.
Dave Mohamed (0) was leg before to Permaul at 136-5, while Deonarine got rid of Rampaul (0) and Ganga in 2 balls as Guyana fought back in sensational fashion.
Play is scheduled to commence at 12:20hrs today to make up for time lost yesterday and with Guyana’s coach Rabindra Seeram saying that his team will hunt down any total around 300 to try and win the game, an intriguing final day is anticipated.
In scores from the other two games:
Jamaica vs Leewards
Leewards 62/2 (stumps) Morton 42* Liburd 14*
Leewards 188; Jamaica 379/8decl
Powell 0, Hodge 0 Willett retired hurt. Wickets: Powell 1 Bernard 1
Hinds 70, Pagon 67, Lambert 58, Wkts: Baker 4/80, Tonge 3/95, Martin 1/76
Leewards Inns: Morton 60, Thomas 52; Bernard 4/38, Miller 3/54, Powell 1/34
Barbados vs Combined Campuses
Combined Campuses 0/0 (stumps)
Combined Campuses 213 Barbados 301
Play Abandoned on Day Three
Richards 22, Haynes 52, Edwards17,Hinds 29, Stoute 74 Wkts: McClean 1, Wallace 3, Bennett 1, Kantasingh 1, Austin 4
1st Inns: Parris 49; Charles 4/46, Hinds 3/41—Stoute 74, Haynes 52; Austin 4/87
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