By Sean Devers
The lone Demerara senior cricket trial match will now be contested on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 09:30hrs each day at the Everest ground on Camp Road.
The two-day trial match was postponed from yesterday and today and according to a Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) executive, the match will now be a three-day affair.
This game will be used to select the Demerara team for next month’s Inter-County four-day Cricket tournament after the commencement of the first round of the Guyana Cricket Board’s (GCB) Inter-County tournament was pushed back from this Thursday. It is understood that the competition will now be played from December 2.
Former West Indies opener Ryan Ramdass, who played his only Test in 2005 in Sri Lanka, has been added to the list of invitees. The right-hander has played 21 First-Class matches and enjoyed a wonderful 2005 season when Guyana had to play all of their matches away from home due to the flood that year. However, when he returned from Sri Lanka he had string of low scores towards the end of 2005 and has not played for Guyana in eight years. At 30, he now gets a chance to resurrect his career.
The 33-year-old Ramnaresh Sarwan is the only other player with Test experience in the trials with 15 tons in 87 Tests. The classy middle order batsman from the Island of Wakenaam has not played a Test since July 2011, but now fully recovered from a wrist injury sustained in the CPL and with just a single division one game since then, he will be looking to return to form in the trials and Inter-county tournament as he attempts to revive his International career.
The 26-year-old Chris Barnwell who has played six t20 Internationals for the West Indies will lead one of
the sides, while 26-year-old left-hander Leon Johnson, the other player with West Indies International experience in the trials squad with three ODIs under his belt, will Captain the other side on Thursday.
With Joseph Perry and Demerara under-19 Keeper Kemol Savory selected as the Wicket-Keepers, National Keeper Derwin Christian who has played a pair of t20s for the West Indies and former Guyana under-19 stumper Dexter Soloman are notable omissions.
Guyana left-handed openers Robin Bacchus and Trevon Griffith are both attacking batsmen and were belatedly included after their shocking omission when the first list was announced.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul, the 17-year-old son of the most capped West Indies Test player Shiv Chanderpaul, is among those called although
Johnson’s Team: Leon Johnson (Captain), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Shemroy Barrington, Balbinder Shivpersaud, Zaheer Mohamed, Vishal Singh, Amir Khan, Joseph Perry, Randy Knights, Shaquille Williams, Andre Stoll, Paul Wintz, Totaram Bishun, Raj Nanan, Trevon Griffith, Ryan Ramdass
Barnwell’s Team: Christopher Barnwell (Captain), Rajendra Chandrika, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Yetesh Dhanpaul, Steven Jacobs, Arvin Seepersaud, Kemol Savory, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Pattadin, Carl Rambarose, Trevor Benn, Kellon Carmichael, Antonell Atwell, Robin Bacchus, Jeetendra Sookdeo.
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