Face unbeaten Marooners today
By Sean Devers in Barbados
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Today at the Kensington Oval unbeaten Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) Marooners face-off with the wounded Guyana Jaguars who have lost both of their matches played and will be looking to desperately claw their out of a hole to finally register their first points in the tournament.
The contest commences at 13:30 hrs and will the third day/night game for the South American Franchise in a row and should have the advantage of playing under lights tonight.
The track at Kensington is one of the better ones in recent times, with pace and bounce but full of runs especially for teams that bat first in the natural light.
The outfield is immaculately manicured and lightening fast but so far only Skipper Leon Johnson who made 55 in the opening game but a duck against Jamaica and the walking run machine and consummate professional Shiv Chanderpaul with 101 in his only game, have reached 50 for the Guyanese.
Chanderpaul will be motivated by the fact that he needs only 32 runs to pass Floyd Reifer’s 2,878 runs to become the leading run scorer in regional 50-overs cricket.
The 42-year-old feels conditions at the ‘Oval’ are good for batting if you understand how the build an innings. “I felt good batting but we kept losing wickets and if we had more partnerships at the top we would have won,” said Chanderpaul after his second ton at this level to go with his 11 in ODIs.
Chasing 250 in 50 overs the Jaguars started in horror fashion and were hanging on for dear life before Chanderpaul and Raymond Reifer added 77 for the fifth wicket to start the repair but Reifer, all-rounder Steven Jacobs and wicket-Keeper Anthony Bramble all failed to build on good starts.
Shemron Hetymer is arguable the most exciting young batsman in the region and is still learning about the importance of good shot selection and the value of patience as an opening batsman, while Assad Fudadin seems be to caught in two minds; to buckle down bat through the innings or to try to score quickly. Johnson, Fudadin and Heytmer were beaten for pace and bowled in the last match and need to adjust to the faster track here if they hope to give their team a good start.
That’s the difference with Chanderpaul. He quickly assesses conditions and plays to suit them
as his 101 from 96 balls with 12 fours and a six showed. He needs one more century to Join Sarwan, Floyd Reifer, Gayle and Keith Atherton with three centuries and two more to match Brian Lara who has the most regional 50-over tons and he is again expected to be the glue that holds the Jaguars batting together.
Chris Barnwell, back in the team after missing the first match due to a hand injury, again failed at the Regional level despite his obvious talent and dominance in local cricket. He came to the crease with 42.4 overs to bat and the patience of even his diehard fans must be growing thin.
Jacobs, who was batting confidently before he hit his wicket, was the best bowler in both matches and his 20 overs of off-spin have only conceded 56 runs. Test leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo has been the most disappointing with his 19 overs going for 132.
Permaul and Reifer have bowled well in spurts but have both been expensive, while Beaton has bowled with genuine pace but has served up too many lose balls.
The CCC have been beaten by Guyana six times but after an upset win against Jamaica, followed by another victory against the ICC Americas, the Marooners sit at top of the points table.
The students should be brimming with confidence and hunt only their second win in eight matches against Guyana to remain on top and further dent Guyana’s hopes of qualifying for the semis in Antigua and lifting their 10th title and first in 12 years.
In the two matches so far the Jaguars lacked grit, determination and fight, things that Chanderpaul, the oldest player in the tournament possesses. The Guyanese have scored 250 plus totals three times against CCC. But all three were made at Providence and today they will know anything less than 260 will give CCC a great opportunity to win.
For that to happen Skipper Jamal Smith, Amir Jangoo who made 52 against ICC Americas, Kyle Corbin who scored an unbeaten 47, Vikash Mohan, and Cassius Burtonas made 38 not out as CCC reached 184-3 to win by seven wickets, will have to fire with the bat for CCC, while veteran Ryan Hinds, the only player with 1000 runs and 60 wickets in regional one day cricket can also contribute with the bat.
Christopher Powell, Keon Harding, Jermaine Levy, Nino Henry, Hinds, Mark Deyal and Vikash Mohan will need to be good with the ball and once again there will be live Radio commentary on NCN Radio.
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