By Sean Devers
Yesterday was an auspicious day for Guyana’s cricket as according to the playing conditions, their National
under-19 team captured their first ever Regional one-day title with a comprehensive 44-run victory against Barbados in the final preliminary round of this year’s tournament at the National Stadium at Providence.
West Indies U-19 opener 18-year-old Shemron Hetymer became the only batsman to score two centuries in this tournament which began in 1998. The Berbician followed up his 116 in 2012 against the Windwards with a savage 123 from 102 balls with 14 fours and along with an unbeaten 104 from Tagenarine Chanderpaul, spearheaded Guyana to an imposing 298-5 from 50 overs on a batting paradise, after winning the toss.
Barbados, needing the score at 5.98 per over to win, reached 254 all out off 49.3 overs with Skipper Joshua Drakes leading from the front with fighting 75 in a futile battle, while Lee-Germon Gaskin also batted well with a 69. Leading wicket-taker off spinner Sharaz Ramcharran (4-59) and leg-spinner Steven Sankar (3-51) continued to be among the wickets for Guyana.
Earlier, Hetymer, who scored 84 on Tuesday at Albion, and fellow Windies youth Opener Chanderpaul, who stroked eight fours and a six in a cultured undefeated 103 from 151 balls, added a record 176 opening stand and shared in their second consecutive century partnership after posting 129 against the Windwards on Tuesday at Albion.
Yesterday before a spattering of fans in sultry conditions, the First-Class pair fashioned contrasting centuries with Chanderpaul, like he did on Tuesday, contented to play the supporting role while the explosive Hetymer tore into the hapless Bajan bowling attack.
Fast bowler Keon Harding and Guyanese born off-spinner Neil Persaud opened the bowling and Hetymer waded into them with an array of brutal shots, while Chanderpaul picked the gaps with surgical precession as he accumulated his runs in watchful manner as the pugnacious Hetymer blazed away.
Both batsmen ran hard between the wickets and kept each other’s company for 30 overs before Hetymer, who made 92 last year against T&T, played around one from Harding and was bowled, to end with a tournament high of 321 runs.
Hetymer seemed well set to surpass fellow Guyanese Hemraj Garbarran’s unbeaten 158 against Canada on home soil in 2000, to register to highest score in this competition when he departed to make way for his skipper Brain Sattaur, desperately hunting his first 50 of the tournament.
Sattaur, the only person to lead Guyana to the ‘double’ crown, after the team took the three-day title last month, proceeded to clout the bowlers with contempt and disdain to race to 38 off four fours and a six before he was run out at 252-2 to break his 78-run stand with Chanderpaul.
Kemo Paul, the tournament’s best all-rounder, hit two towering sixes and a four in an explosive 19 to take his run tally to 288 runs before he skied a catch to cover off Drakes, hunting quick runs, at 287-3.
Five runs later Askay Homraj was removed by Drakes for a first ball duck even as Chanderpaul progressed steadily to his first 50-over ton which he got in the penultimate over to join Hetymer as the only batsmen to score hundreds in both versions of the tournament in the same year.
Guyana fell two runs short of only their second 300 total after making 317-8 against the Windwards in 2012 in Barbados, with Chanderpaul, the son of Test batsman Shiv Chanderpaul, joining Narsingh Deonarine (who scored the first century in this format in 1999 in Barbados) Garbarran, Assad Fudadin and Hetymer as the Guyanese with a three-figure score in regional 50-over under-19 cricket.
When Barbados began their run chase they lost their leading run scorer Nicholas Kirton (10) at 25-1 when he top-edged Ramcharran before Paul trapped Akil Greenidge LBW for 10 at 58-2.
Meanwhile, Drakes, who buckled down to play in a gritty manner as he mixed caution with aggression, soon reaching his first fifty of the tournament. Drakes celebrated by driving Steven Sankar for a well timed four before effortlessly lofting the leg-spinner for six and put together 71 in the third wicket partnership with Lee-Germon Gaskin before he missed a paddle sweep at 139-3 and was bowled by Sankar who also accounted for Shamar Springer for 15 at 164-4.
When Gaskin was stumped off Ramcharran after facing 100 balls and reaching the ropes four times, Barbados had slipped to 225-7 and with five overs left the game was all but done and dusted. Guyana will play in tomorrow’s final at Everest.
The Closing Ceremony was set for last evening at the GCC pavilion.
Oct 16, 2018By Sean Devers in Trinidad In association with Regal, Vnet, Noble House Seafoods & Cascadia Hotel In murky conditions and played before virtually empty stands, Guyana Jaguars, led by a 79-run...
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