T&T need 193 to avoid innings defeat today
By Sean Devers
A magnificent unbeaten 132 from Taignarine ‘Brandon’ Chanderpaul piloted Guyana to 310-9 declared on the second day of their third and final round Regional Under-19 3-day cricket encounter against Trinidad and Tobago at the world famous GCC ground Bourda, yesterday.
The 18-year-old Chanderpaul became the only batsman to ‘carry his bat’ at this level; batting from start to finish as he produced the glue which held the Guyana innings together.
The West Indies U-19 left-hander was at the crease for 482 minutes; faced 374 balls for his second ton at this level which was decorated with 12 delightful fours and a six. The Everest batsman began his innings at the start of play on Wednesday and he was still there when Guyana declared at Tea, yesterday.
By the close T&T were bowled out for 117, 94 runs short of avoiding being asked to follow-on in a match that Guyana must win today to lift their 13th title at this level. Off-spinner Sharaz Ramcharran picked up 2-39 from 18 overs, Steven Sankar (2-25) and Daimon Waldron (2-9).
Guyana enforced the follow-on, leaving T&T to make 193 to avoid an innings defeat today.
On a day blessed with brilliant sunshine Guyana resumed on 228-5, Chanderpaul on 79 and Kemo Paul on 13; the pair took the score to 229 before Paul was well taken by a diving Justin Joseph at point off Anderson Phillip after adding just a single to his overnight score.
Guyana quickly lost Kemol Savory for a duck when he played a big shot only to find mid-off, Samuel Roopnarine striking at 232-7 to leave Chanderpaul in danger of running out of partners when just short of his ton.
Chanderpaul, who maintained his composure and picked the gaps intelligently, however found a useful partner in Waldron who offered him excellent support as the partnership built nicely in sweltering heat.
On an outfield which was slightly quicker than on the opening day and a pitch that got slower, Chanderpaul, watched by his father Shiv Chanderpaul and sister, played an imperious off drive off Roopnarine and followed it up with a punishing pull for four off a Jesse Bootan full toss to move into the nineties.
With nine First-Class matches under his belt, Chanderpaul reached his first Regional hundred on home soil with a stupendous drive back past Bootan, his 11th boundary, to follow up his 104 against the Leewards last year. His well constructed century took 433 minutes and came from 339 balls.
He celebrated with a thumping pull off Seetal Akeel which reached the mid-wicket boundary like a bullet, stepping on the gas after reaching his century. Waldron (13) edged Seetal to the Keeper at 280-8 before Sankar was removed by Joseph for a duck three runs later.
Chanderpaul, then lofted Joseph to deep mid-wicket where Brandon Jaggernauth floored the catch in the penultimate over before Lunch with his score on 126. By lunch Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 132 and Guyana on 310-9 at which time the declaration was made.
Roopnarine (3-60), Joseph (2-73) and Seetal (2-44) were the wicket takers for T&T. When the visitors began their reply they quickly lost Amir Jangoo (8) who edged a catch to the Keeper at 18-1 before Brian Christmas, who was peppered with a barrage of short balls on a dead track, was trapped LBW by Basdeo for six at 25-2.
Opener Jeremy Solozano majestically cut Paul behind point before caressing the next ball gloriously for four as he and Camilio Carimbocas carried the score to 49 before they both departed in the space of a run to leave on 50-4.
The stylish 18-year-old Solozano was taken head-high by Skipper Brian Sattaur for 23 after batting for 81 minutes and facing 76 balls. The T&T Captain hit four boundaries in his innings and again flattered to deceive.
A brilliant piece of fielding at square cover by Sattaur accounted for Carimbocas (12) vie the run out route and by Tea T&T were 51-4. In overcast conditions after Tea, another spattering of spectators saw the Guyanese bowlers work hard for almost an hour without success as Brandon Jaggernauth and Jameel Maniram carried T&T to 82 before off-spinner Waldron removed Maniram for a 60-ball 23 (3×4) to bring Justin Joseph to the wicket.
Ramcharran looked the best Guyanese spinner and soon got rid of Joseph (1) to leave the teenagers from Carnival Country precariously placed at 86-7 with a strong breeze blowing across the ground and a rainbow in the sky.
Just before the close, a Sankar googly which kept low trapped Phillip LBW for an aggressive 23 (4×4 1×6) and one run later it was 113-9 when Waldron got one to bounce for wicket-keeper Savory to hold the catch on the second attempt, sending Bootan on his way.
Today’s final day is set to commence at 09:55hrs and admission is free.
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