Fudadin hit 2nd innings 54 as Guyana still trail by 102 runs
By Sean Devers in Barbados
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Guyana’s newest Test batsman Travis Dowlin (41) and former West Indies under-19 left-hander Assad Fudadin (54) featured in a face-saving 84-run 3rd wicket partnership yesterday to keep Guyana in the fight against defending champions Jamaica on the penultimate day of their Regional 4-day cricket match at the Foursquare Oval in Barbados.
The pair joined forces with Guyana struggling on 56-2 in their second innings after being asked to follow on, 263 runs in arrears and the stand lasted until Dowlin seemed unlucky to be given leg before, 30 minutes before the close to David Bernard, who soon bowled Fudadin to leave Guyana wobbling on the ropes.
By the close the South Americans, who capitulated to 166 all out just before lunch from their overnight 112-5, had slipped to 161-4 in their 2nd innings with Narsingh Deonarine on 13 and Royston Crandon on 2 and Guyana still 102 runs away from making Jamaica bat again with 6 wickets in hand.
West Indies Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller’s 6th First-Class 5-wicket haul (6-42) and Tamar Lambert’s 2-8 with his part time off-spin did the damage with the ball for the Jamaicans who made 429 in their first innings. Bernard has so far picked up 3-25 in the Guyana 2nd innings.
Guyana began the day still 167 runs away from avoiding the follow-on score and quickly lost Royston Crandon (17) leg before to Miller at 136-6 after he had straight driven leg-spinner Odean Browne for 4 and lofted Miller for a massive six over the sight screen in successive overs.
Fudadin continued to play quietly and was content to work the ball into the gaps for singles on another day blessed with brilliant sunshine.
While Browne was guilty of bowling too fast and flat early in the day, the 27-year-old Miller, with a solitary Test to his name, flighted the ball nicely and produced plenty of turn from the slow pitch as he troubled the Guyanese batsmen.
Derwin Christian, whose only First-Class ton was made against Jamaica last year, joined Fudadin who began the 3rd day on 31 and together they took the score to 152 before Fudadin played a loose slash at Browne and was caught by Brendon Nash at point after batting for 131 minutes, facing 113 balls and reaching the boundary 3 times.
Esuan Crandon, whose most famous innings was his 71 in the inaugural Stanford 20/20 semi-final against Jamaica, again did not last long and was caught at bat/pad for 6 at 161-8 as Miller picked up his 6th five-wicket haul at the First-Class level.
Veerasammy Permaul was leg before to Lambert’s off-spin for a duck at 164-9 while the usually aggressive Christian was very sedate in his 17 before he was last out, bowled by Miller, 13 minutes before lunch as he went back to a ball that kept low.
Lambert supported Miller with 2-8 from 6 overs for Jamaica who enforced the follow-on leaving Guyana to bat a single over before lunch. By lunch Guyana were 1-0 with Skipper Sewnarine Chattergoon (1) and Rajendra Chandrika yet to score and 5 sessions left in the contest.
Guyana lost Chattergoon (3) just after lunch when the left-hander clipped David Bernard to short mid wicket. Chandrika again looked full of promise and along with the experienced Dowlin took their team to 56 with sensible batting with Chandrika in particular playing some delightful shots on the slightly rough but very fast outfield.
When on 36, Chandrika seemed to totally lose concentration and like he did in Antigua in the 2nd innings when he lofted a catch ‘miles in the air’ to mid-off, he lifted his head and hit Miller just over the head of mid-on for four.
In the next over he drove firmly to mid-off and charged down on Dowlin for an impossible single and was run out by Bernard by almost half the length of the pitch.
Dowlin used his feet to hit Browne over mid-on for four and then commandingly pulled him through square-leg for another boundary and his confidence increased as his innings progressed.
Dowlin, with 3 fifties from his 4 Tests, was joined by Fudadin. The DCC right-hander who leaves here Wednesday with the regional team for Australia, swept Browne for four to the delight of a Guyanese dominated crowd which had built up nicely after lunch.
After Tea, Fudadin was dropped by wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh off Lambert on 15 and responded with a six over extra cover and then dispatched Browne for a four in the next over as Guyana looked positive after the break.
Fudadin soon reached his 6th first class fifty from 96 balls, 91 minutes with 4 fours and a six as he and Dowlin posted their 50 partnership for the 3rd wicket.
With the score on 140, Dowlin (40) seemed unlucky to be given leg before by Umpire Dalton Holder after the ball cut back and hit him high.
Deonarine, one of 8 centurions this season, joined fellow left-hander Fudadin and together they took their team to 146 before Fudadin was bowled by Bernard for 54.
His 6th First-Class fifty lasted 143 minutes, 118 balls and was decorated with 4 fours and a six and his demise when well set left Jamaica large and in charge to press for their 3rd consecutive win from as many matches on the final day today.
Deonarine, in his last match before he leaves for Australia and Royston Crandon who has worn West Indies senior team colours last year will have a lot of work to do to prevent that from happening.
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