Windwards in charge
On a hard wicket that offered much support for the fast bowlers, Windward Islands have the upper hand on the second- day of the three-day match after dismissing Guyana for 147 in 52 overs and responding with 127 for three in their Regional Under-19 Cricket encounter at Queen’s Park.
Windward Islands, after winning the toss and electing to field, had Guyana’s opening batsmen in early trouble with Brian Sattaur and Tagenarine Chanderpaul not lasting long at the wicket.
Sattaur was the first wicket down, caught by wicketkeeper Horlice Blair for six off the bowling of fast bowler Shaquille Brown with the score on 12. Chanderpaul, son of West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, followed soon after, caught by Gordon Pope off the bowling of fast bowler Preston McSween for nine.
Chandrapaul Hemaj who came in at number three was caught at second slip by Gidron Pope off the bowling of Brown for four and at this stage the score was 35 for three. Shimron Hetmyer and captain Shawn Pereira tried to steady the ship and put on a partnership of 36 before Hetmyer played a loose shot and was caught by Ray Jordan off the bowling of Taryck Gabriel for 40.
Ricardo Adams came in at number six to join his captain Pereira and the pair played cautiously until lunch. They put on a partnership of 49 runs and at lunch the score was 105 for four. On resumption the Windward Islands captured another
Guyanese wicket, as fast bowler McSween had Adams caught by wicketkeeper Blair for 37.
Moham Ramdeem joined Pereira at the wicket and two balls later in the same over, McSween also had Ramdeem caught at the for a duck. Guyana was now 121 for six after 38 overs and in dire straits.
Romario Shepherd was the next batsman in and just when Guyana could not afford to lose another wicket, Shepherd fell victim to McSween for two runs, brilliantly caught at square leg by Rolando Cato.
Gudakesh Motie joined his captain but after adding a mere eight runs to the score, he was dismissed off the bowling of left arm orthodox bowler Larry Edwards to catch by Cato. The score was now 136 for eight off 47 overs.
Denesh Mangal and Pereira batted cautiously before Pereira’s dogged resistance came to an end when he was lbw for 31 off the bowling of Edwards. Mark Tyrell was the last batsman in and he was dismissed in the same over for two, caught by Keon George.
McSween finished with four wickets for 55 runs in 12 overs and Edwards ended with three wickets for 19 runs in 15.5 overs.
Windward Islands began their response at 2.12 p.m. and lost a wicket in the first over, when Pope was caught by Pereira off the bowling of fast bowler Romario Shepherd for a duck.
Jalani Robinson joined opener Keon George at the crease and the pair batted well to remain at the crease until tea.
Windward Islands lost a wicket in the first over after tea as left- arm orthodox bowler Motie took the wicket of Robinson for seven thanks to a brilliant catch by Ramdeem.
Taryck Gabriel came in to join George and the pair looked solid at the crease, playing some confident shots around the ground. Gabriel brought up his half century and ended the day’s play on 71.
However, George was out hit wicket for 44 in the third last over of the day.
At Kensington Oval, Barbados chased leather the entire day as Trinidad and Tobago, batting first, marched to a dominant 273 for 5 with Ewart Nicholson stroking a classy, unbeaten 104. He got good support from Stephan Wharwood who chipped in with 61. Barbados’ best bowler so far has been the persevering left-arm quick Darnell Greenidge who has so far captured 2 for 38.