Sinclair, Chandrika score second day fifties
By Sean Devers
On a day blessed with glorious sunshine and on a slow second track already showing
signs of ‘cracking’, medium pacer Chris Barnwell bowled with immaculate control to grab 5-57 to lead Leon Johnson’s X1 to a 46-run lead over Vishaul Singh’s X1 despite a confident 58 from wicketkeeper Jason Sinclair as the first four-day practice match for the Guyana Jaguars continued at Bourda yesterday.
Resuming on 16 without loss in reply to the 240 made by Johnson’s XI, Singh’s X1 fell for 194 on the stroke of Tea before Rajendra Chandrika fashioned an entertaining unbeaten 53 as Johnson’s X1 reached 73-2 and extended their overall lead to 119 going into the penultimate day today.
Kandasammy Surujnarine (4) was the first to go, caught behind by Anthony Bramble off Barnwell to leave the score on 37-1, while the 27-year-old who has 36 wickets from 25 First-Class matches, removed Shemron Hetmyer (4) and Skipper Singh for a duck with the score on 38.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul (26) provided Bramble with the third of his four catches behind the stumps as Paul Wintz struck at 50-4 before Ricardo Adams (20) skied left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul to leg-slip as Singh’s X1 slumped to 50-5. By Lunch they had progressed to 79-5 with Royston Crandon and Steven Jacobs at the crease.
Just after the interval, Jacobs (1) was trapped LBW to a ‘pumped-up’ Barnwell when Jacobs opted to play no shot to one the cut back and Singh’s X1 were on the ropes at 80-6.
Crandon (12) soon edged a drive to slip to give the impressive Barnwell a five-wicket haul and leave the score on 87-7 and Singh’s X1 were in danger of being dismissed for a double digit total.
However, 17-year-old Kemo Paul and Sinclair joined forces to embark on ‘operation rebuild’ and
both batsmen played an array of spanking shots on the parched outfield to spearhead a spirited lower order fight-back with an entertaining 78-run eighth wicket partnership.
Sinclair, who reached the boundary six times in his 58, pushed forward to one that ‘stopped’ on him and lobbed an easy catch to point as left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie broke the valuable partnership at 165-8.
Paul, whose 37 included two fours and a six, was then taken at long-on trying to clear the boundary off Permaul at 181-9 before Motie wrapped up the innings when he had Anthony Adams (2) caught behind.
Motie (2-28) and Permaul (2-34) offered good support to Barnwell for Johnson’s X1 who lost both openers at 38 to off-spinner Jacobs who has 2-12 so far.
Trevon Griffith (9) punched Jacobs to extra-cover after stroking pacer Raun Johnson majestically past his ankles for four, while the left-handed Robin Bacchus fell for his second duck in the match when he pushed forward to one that bounced and spun for Crandon at slip to hold a stupendous one-handed catch, diving to his right.
Chandrika then dominated the unfinished third wicket stand of 35 with Narsingh Deonarine (8) with several audacious shots to the delight of a small gathering.
The stylish right-hander hammered Jeremy Gordon, who again bowled with genuine pace on a ‘dead’ track, down the ground and flicked him elegantly to long leg for another boundary.
Chandrika fought fire with fire and survived a testing period against Gordon who peppered him with a couple of quick shorts balls before Chandrika got deep into his crease and disdainfully pulled Anthony Adams for his 10th four to reach his 50 after smashing the spinner for three boundaries in the over. Upon reaching his half-century Chandrika has scored 10 of the 11 boundaries in the entire innings.
Play is scheduled to commence at 09:30 today.
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