By Sean Devers
Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble stroked a responsible half-century to orchestrate a late afternoon
recovery for Guyana Jaguars against the Barbados Pride despite a four-wicket-haul from left-arm spinner Ryan Hinds on the opening day of their third round WICB Four-Day First-Class Cricket Franchise at Providence yesterday.
Replying the 260 made by the Jaguars, the visitors were four without loss from two overs when bails were lifted with Kyle Corbin and Skipper Carlos Braithwaite, who opened the batting in a place of Omar Phillips (struck on his body at short-leg from a vicious pull from Rajendra Chandrika) the not out batsmen. Phillips is expected to bat today.
The Bajan won the toss and asked Guyana, who left out Keon Joseph and Taignarine Chanderpaul, to bat on a straw coloured track which is already offering prodigious turn for the spinners. They lost Trevon Griffith (15) at 21-1 after the left-hander, in his first match for the season, was just beginning to flow with a couple of scintillating boundaries when Braithwaite knocked out his off stump.
Chandrika, who was bowled twice without playing a shot in the last match, looked compact yesterday and played some glorious shots in his stylish 34 from 103 minutes and 83 balls and reached the boundary four times before he played across one from Dwayne Smith that he could have on-drove and was LBW after adding 53 with Shemron Hetmyer for the second wicket.
From 74-1 half-way through the first session, the Jaguars slipped to 83-3 by Lunch as Guyana’s leading run-scorer Narsingh Deonarine (2) was deceived by a ball that ‘stopped’ on him, lobbed a catch to square-leg where substitute Royston Chase took the top-edged offering to leave the hosts 76-3.
Hetmyer, unbeaten on 28 at the interval, looked rock solid and displayed excellent temperament and shot selection, traits that were previously missing from his game a few months ago.
After Lunch, the West Indies under-19 left-hander continued to look enterprising as Hetmyer, in only his second match at this level, survived a very confident appeal by the Bajans for a catch when he seemed to glove one to short-leg off Jomel Warrican. However, two balls later, Hetmyer pushed forward to one that
pitched way outside the off-stump and looked shocked when Umpire Nandkumar Shivsankar adjudged him out LBW at 105-4. His 47 lasted 103 minutes, 98 balls and was decorated with six fours.
Skipper Vishaul Singh, in his first game for the season, cleverly accumulated runs by working the balls into the gaps and seemed set for a big score after batting for 77 minutes and facing 50 balls when Hinds got one to dip at the end of its flight. The diminutive left-hander got himself into a mighty tangle and overbalanced as he played around the ball and was trapped LBW as the Jaguars slumped to 136-5.
Reifer was willing to use his feet to stroke Hinds with consummate ease through cover before he played over a perfectly pitched yorker from the experienced left-arm spinner and was bowled for 15 at 139-6.
Hinds, back in the Barbados team for the first time in two years and holder of the record for best bowling figures in Regional cricket, was in the middle of an excellent display after off-spinner Ashley Nurse had bowled too short in a disappointing spell yesterday.
Guyana one-day Captain Chris Barnwell (24) looked positive and favoured the sweep before his 28-run stand with Bramble was broken just before Tea when Barnwell ‘nicked’ a catch to wicket keeper Shane Dowrich to give Warrican his second wicket as Tea was taken at 167-7.
Veerasammy Permaul (3) was trapped LBW to Hinds at 174-8 before Bramble, playing one of his better innings, was joined by Devendra Bishoo (15) in crucial 59-run for the ninth wicket as Bramble reached his second fifty at this level from 106 minutes and 89 balls with five fours and a six off Hinds.
Bramble, curbed his natural aggression and showed an airtight defence but galloped past his
previous best score at this level of 64 by launching a brutal attack on Hinds lifting him for six over mid-wicket before two dismissive fours in the over reached the boundary like scud missiles.
Bishoo offered great support to Bramble as the Albion pair took their team past 200 before Bishoo was bowled by Miguel Cummins who struggled on the sluggish pitch in sultry conditions to leave Guyana on 233-9.
Bramble changed gear as he and Ronsford Beaton (3*) took the score to 260 before the 33-year-old Hinds ended the innings at 260. Warrican (2-52) and Smith (2-26) supported Hinds with the ball.
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