By Sean Devers
Former West Indies U-19 left-arm spinner 20 year-old Gudakesh Motie’s success
continued in senior cricket when he took 5-57 for Vishaul Singh’s X1 at Bourda on the last day of the Jaguars’ three-day practice in preparation for the second half of the PCL First-Class tournament.
Taignarine Chanderpaul and Test opener Rajendra Chandrika then gave Singh’s X1 a solid foundation as the game against Robin Bacchus’ X1 ended in a draw on the rain affected final day yesterday despite 54 from Chanderpaul Hemraj and impressive bowling from West Indies Test leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo who captured 4-33.
Scores: Singh’s X1 (383 & 130-5), Bacchus’ X1 (191). Bacchus’ X1 resumed on 115-4 with Chanderpaul Hemraj on 37 and Bishoo on two and they took the score to 127 before Bishoo (4) had his stumps rocked by Keon Joseph who then trapped Sherfaine Rutherford LBW for a duck without addition to the score.
Motie then removed Hemraj and Paul Wintz (0) as two wickets tumbled at 141 before Kemol Savory (28) and Anthony Adams (29) staged a rear guard recovery to push Bacchus’ X1 to 185.
But Test left arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul had Adams LBW before Motie polished off the innings on the stroke of Lunch. Permaul (3-40) and Joseph (2-29) supported Motie for Singh’s X1 who reached 130-5 by the close.
The 19 year-old Chanderpaul scored 81 against Jamaica in the last PCL match in 2015 and yesterday he and Chandrika put together 40 for the first wicket before Chandrika was bowled for 29 with four fours, by Raun Johnson.
Kevin Boodie struck two fours in 10 before he hit Bishoo to point with the score on 63-2. Chanderpaul who has played 10 First-Class matches, continued to bat with confidence. He rocked back and pulled Wintz disdainfully for a couple of boundaries under overcast skies as the persistent drizzle got heavier.
After two stoppages for rain and an early Tea, play resumed. Chanderpaul seemed in a hurry
to get after Bishoo and after a few aggressive shots found the fielders, Chanderpaul threw his wicket away when a mistimed a pull was skied to Raymon Reifer at mid-on as Bishoo struck at 85-3.
Bishoo flighted the ball teasingly while Jonathon Foo extracted prodigious bounce and turn from a track with moisture, beating the bats of the left-handed pair of Reifer and Skipper Singh. But it was Bishoo who bowled Reifer ‘through the gate’ when he essayed a big cover drive to a perfectly pitched leg break which turned back to hit the off stump with the Bajan on 12 and the score on 98-4.
Seven runs later Bishoo induced Singh (12) to push forward and trapped him LBW at 105-5. Anthony Bramble (15) and Permaul took their team to the close. The Guyana Jaguars face the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force from next Friday in the sixth round as the PCL resumes.
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