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Guyana Times article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Never before has Guyana won both the Regional Under-19 Three-day and 50-over titles in the same year.
That could change today, however, when Brian Sattaur leads the Guyana team on the field against the Windward Islands in the final of the 50-over competition at the Everest ground, Camp Road.
Already with the Three-day title in the bag, copping it for the first time since 2007, the Guyanese are strong favourites to lift the 50-over trophy having been the only team to play unbeaten in the round-robin stage, which concluded on Wednesday.
The hosts emerged with six convincing wins from as many games, chalking up 36.4 points to gain automatic entry to the final.
At the start of the last round, Jamaica seemed on course to qualify for the final, but lost by nine wickets to the eventual finalists, the Windward Islands, who copped the maximum six points for the victory as well as 0.7 bonus points from their fast bowlers.
Jamaica failed to secure even a bonus point from the game, as the Windward Islands finished on 21.9 points to edge out the boys from the Land of Wood and Water on 21.8.
In their head-to-head clash at the Albion ground on Tuesday, Guyana whipped the Windward Islands by 114 runs, racking up what was then the highest total of the competition (276-5) before restricting the visitors for 162.
It was Guyana’s largest margin of victory in terms of runs and one of two losses the Windward Islands suffered to go with three victories and one no-result.
Guyana’s impressive run this year has been led by West Indies Under-19 openers Shimron Hetmyer and Tagenarine Chanderpaul, as well as the supremely talented Kemo Paul in the batting department.
With a hundred and two fifties in the last three innings, Hetmyer is the competition’s leading runscorer with 321 runs from six innings, and had it not been for reckless strokeplay the Berbician left-hander could have easily scored three hundreds on the trot.
Chanderpaul has been more circumspect, and his approach has complemented Hetmyer’s flambouyance well at the top of the order. They added 129 against the Windward Islands and followed up with a record 176-run partnership against Barbados at the National Stadium as Guyana posted 298-5, the highest total this year.
Both recorded hundreds against Jamaica to become the only two players to reach the three-figure mark in both versions this year. Chanderpaul has ammassed 233 runs from the six games and would no doubt look to add to that tally on a wicket that he is all too familiar with, having joined the Everest Cricket Club a few years ago.
Paul has emerged as undoubtedly Guyana’s most exciting prospect this season, mixing grace and power with the bat, subtle variations with the ball and energetic fielding.
Four half-centuries from six innings is a clear indication of the role he has played down the order for Guyana and how well he has been able to build on the foundation laid by Hetmyer and Chanderpaul.
He is Guyana’s second leading runscorer with 288 runs. That apart, he has shown his versatility with the ball, testing the opposition batsmen with some lively spells of seam bowling.
Sattaur, who is yet to record a fifty in this his final year at the youth level, Akshay Homraj, Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed and wicketkeeper Kemol Savory will all look to come good with the bat and crown a flawless tournament for the host country.
Guyana’s bowling has been primarily spin-based and once again the likes of off-spinners Sharaz Ramcharran, Balchand Baldeo and Daimon Waldron, as well as the canny leg-spinner Steven Sankar, will look to exploit the Windward Islands’ perceived weakness against the slower bowlers.
The islanders struggled to get on top of the bowling against the Guyanese at Albion, with only Kersaki Jno-Lewis (42), skipper Ronald Cato (38) and Ryan John (38) getting past 30.
They would hope for a turnaround today, and given their commanding win against Jamaica in the last round, they would head into the game with renewed confidence.
John picked up 4-29 to lead the rout of Jamaica for 141 before openers Gidron Pope stroked 75 and Anson Latchman made 41 not out as they coasted to victory at 142-1 in 38.4 overs.
The first ball will be bowled at 09:30h today and admission to the venue is free.
Guyana squad reads: Brian Sattaur (Captain), Sharaz Ramcharran (Vice-captain), Balchand Baldeo, Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Shimron Hetmyer, Akshay Homraj, Keon Morris, Kemo Paul, Steven Sankar, Kemol Savory, Niall Smith, Daimon Waldron and Akel Wallace.
Windward Islands squad reads: Roland Cato (Captain), Kersaki Jno-Lewis (Vice-captain), Doran Edwards, Markeron Gordon, Kharmal Hamilton, Sherman Hooper, Derron Hypolite, Ryan John, Anson Latchman, Sherman Lewis, Obed McCoy, Craig Phillip, Gidron Pope and Tonius Simon.
First Published In The Guyana Times.