By Sean Devers
The inability to build on good starts is becoming an epidemic at all levels of West Indies cricket and Saturday was no different when the Guyana Cricket Inc held its last practice match for the year at the Everest ground as the Guyana Jaguars continued their preparation for next month’s NAGICO Super50 Regional One-Day cricket tournament in Trinidad & Tobago.
Seven batsmen in the match got to 15 but only the right-handed Rajendra Chandrika reached 50 as Chris Barnwell’s X1 were dismissed for 130 in 39.2 overs on another slow track in sweltering heat.
Vishaul Singh’s X1 feared even worse when they batted and crumbled for 115 in just 30 overs. Leg-Spinner Devendra Bishoo added 3-25 to his 4-28 in Friday’s first practice match to help his team to a 15-run win. The players will now take to break for Christmas before returning on January 2 for three more matches at the Providence and Bourda before the squad to travel to Carnival Country is selected.
This was the second win in two days for all-rounder Barnwell as he continues to advertise himself as Guyana’s best limited overs Captain. But Barnwell, like the other batsmen, must start stringing together consistent scores if Guyana are to claim its first Regional 50-over title in a decade.
Saturday, impetuous shots by ‘set’ batsmen, rather than unplayable bowling orchestrated the demise of most of the batsman as only Chandrika and the fast improving Kandasammy Surujnarine put together a half-century partnership in ideal conditions for cricket at Camp Road.
Chandrika, a stylish stroke player from Enterprise on the East Coast of Demerara, reached the boundary five times in his fluent 53 and along with Surujnarine (18) shared in a 50-run stand for the second wicket before the right-handed Surujnarine departed.
West Indies under-19 left-hander Tagenarine Chanderpaul, who, like fellow Guyanese Shemron Hetmyer, should gain selection for the Regional under-19 which will participate in the Super50 tournament along with the six Regional teams, was looking good for a big score before the teenage son of Test veteran Shiv Chanderpaul, fell for 20.
After that only Barnwell, who thumped two fours and a six in 17, offered any resistance as Steven Jacobs, a serious contender for the One-Day team, captured 3-27 from 10 tidy overs of off-spin.
When Singh’s X1 began their run chase, Hetmyer looked confident and reached the boundary twice before he was sent packing for 30 and only the Skipper, who hit four fours in 21, offered any prolonged resistance after that.
Permaul, who shows indications that he could develop into a genuine all-rounder, finished unbeaten on 16, while promising 17-year-old fast bowling all-rounder Kemo Paul clobbered two sixes in 13.
Spinner Royston Crandon (3-31) and pacers Paul Wintz (2-21) and Keon Joseph (2-28) supported Bishoo with the ball.
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