Aug 01, 2017 Sports
By Sean Devers
A well calculated 60 from Steven Taylor and a three-wicket haul from Roshon Primus spurred the Select XI to a 12-run win against the Guyana Amazon Warriors in their first practice match at Providence on Sunday night.
Taylor, an American born Jamaican left-hander, stroked three fours and two sixes in his 46-ball 60, but only Pakistani Babar Azam with a ball-a-run 26 with four fours reached 14 as the Select X1 reached 129-9 off 20 overs.
Primus (3-31) and Sohail Tanveer (2-25) were the main wicket takers for the Warriors who were restricted to 117-6 when their 20 overs expired despite 51 from 45 balls with three fours and a six from T&T’s Jason Mohammed and 28 from fellow Trini Steven Katwaroo.
The Warriors are preparing for their opening game on Saturday against the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in Florida and the first game saw a power outage which stopped the proceeding after 16 minutes of play with the Select XI on 18-1 from four overs.
A small, but larger crowd than the ones that usually attend Regional First-Class matches, stayed in the ‘blackout’ which repeatedly affected parts of the City on Sunday and when play resumed Taylor and Babar Azam added 48 for the second wicket on a quick outfield.
Jamaican Chadwick Walton (0) was taken at slip by Martin Guptill off Tanveer without a run on the board before the interruption.
Taylor hit Steven Jacobs, who opened the bowling with Tanveer, back over his head in his second over but played the supporting role as Azam played fluently on a slow track that kept a bit low.
After Azam was bowled by Primus, Gajanand Singh was trapped lbw to left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for a duck, teenager Kemo Paul was LBW to Jacobs for one and Rayed Emrit (9) was stumped by Katwaroo off Mohammed as three wickets fell in quick succession to leave the score on 67-5.
The 18-year-old Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan joined Taylor who accelerated after a watchful start; hitting Mohammed for 14 runs in one over with a six and a four to move into the 40’s.
Taylor, of Jamaican parentage, clobbered Primus to the mid-wicket boundary to post his fifty but was removed at 116-6 by Primus, who also got rid of Khan (13) a run later.
Sherfane Rutherford was run out for five, while Tanveer bowled Keon Joseph for a duck leaving Eon Hooper (0) and Muhammad Ali Khan (8) unbeaten.
When the Warriors began their chase of the small target, Guptill got off the mark with a boundary but soon lost his off-stump to the lively Joseph, while Assad Fudadin (0) was bowled by Ali Khan at 4-2.
Mohammed and Katwaroo joined forces and added 84 for the third wicket before Katwaroo was run out and although Mohammed batted confidently and reached his fifty, he was LBW to Khan who tormented the West Indians when Afghanistan toured the Caribbean this year.
Tanveer (18) hit a four and a six but none of the others reached double figures as the Warriors fell 12 short when their overs ran.
Meanwhile, The Warriors lost yesterday against a Leon Johnson led Guyana X1 in the Super overs after the scores were tied in the match.
The Warriors made123-6 with Kemo Paul making an unbeaten 36 with four sixes and a four from 17balls and got support from Babar Azam, who made 29. Romario Shepherd took 2-30 for Guyana who then reached123-8 to set up the Super Over.
Anthony Bramble top scored with 37, while Rajendra Chandrika made 23 as Ali Khan had 4-23 and Permaul took 2-17
Ali khan bowled the Super over and Rutherford was removed for a duck, while Johnson (6) and Bramble (8) saw their team to 15-1.
The Warriors reached 10-1 from the over bowled by Paul Wintz with Taylor (8) and Paul (1) at the crease after Guptill was dismissed of the first ball. The Warriors play their final practice game today from 11:00hrs at Providence.
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