Guyana playing for pride in final round

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - Throughout this year’s West Indies Cricket Board’s organised and sponsored Regional 4Day tournament, Guyana’s coach Esuan Crandon has been calling on his batsmen to put their best foot forward, exercise patience, capitalize on their good starts and score heavily.

It was no different yesterday, when the former national cricketer told Chronicle Sport in an invited comment, his wish is to see one of his batsmen, moreso a younger one, apply themselves and get a ton, emulating the 38 year old Shivnarine Chanderpaul, following his team’s practice session at the Guyana National Stadium.

The Veerasammy Permaul led Guyana lineup which now has 18 points following their emphatic 46- run win over the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) team in the last round, will be taking on double defending champions Jamaica who has 48 points over the next four days.

Even if Guyana rides on the same waves that brought them their first victory over CCC last week at the Guyana National Stadium, and do the impossible by defeating the Jamaicans in this encounter, it would be in vain since they would not be able to make the final four of the competition.

Those positions have already been occupied by Jamaica, Windward Islands, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago who have 48, 48, 36 and 36 points respectively, with Guyana lying in fifth position on 18 points, hence this match would only see them playing for pride.

“Our focus is just to go out there and play positive cricket, which would in turn enable us to finish on a high. This is our last game of the tournament and a lot is at stake, especially for our batsmen who need to step up.

I would like to see one of them getting a ton, especially from our younger guys such as Leon Johnson, Assad Fudadin, Narsingh Deonarine and Rajendra Chandrika, since the only person who has scored a century for us this year is Shiv” said Crandon.

Crandon was referring to Chanderpaul’s second innings 108 against the Trinidadians in the fourth round, a game Guyana lost by 46 runs before they drew a bye and later defeated CCC, following a two year hiatus of cricket, at the same venue for the Jamaica clash.

Even though he has not recorded a century to date, Johnson, who is also Permaul’s deputy is the team’s leading run scorer with 360 runs, followed by Fudadin who has so far aggregated 285 runs.

“Definitely, there is a lot at stake in this game. The Jamaicans are not only the defending champions, but they have showed why they are by defeating everyone who was placed before them, so it would be nice for us to go out there and be the first to stop them, as that would be a positive for us, while enabling us to finish strong at the end.”

He added, “At the end of the day, we can talk about it over and over in the dressing room time and time again, but it is up to the individuals to go out there and do it. It is going to take a lot;   it will not come easily as the Jamaicans have been playing some good cricket.

So far, and judging from what we have seen and heard  their bowling is their strength so obviously it is going to be tough for our guys, but mentally they would need to go out there and tough it out and go on to record a century or even two.”

Some may call it wishful thinking, but with a batting lineup that boasts Johnson, Deonarine and Fudadin who all have West Indies experience at some point and time in their career, along with Chandrika, Steven Jacobs, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Anthony Bramble and to an extent Zaheer Mohammed-Shadir, there is no way application with the bat cannot be achieved.

Hemraj is in for the 16 year old Tagenarine Chanderpaul, who according to reports is preparing to go to England to further develop his game, and will partner his Everest Cricket Club teammate Chandrika at the top of the order.

Guyana’s bowling will hinge around fast bowlers Ronsford Beaton, Keon Joseph and Paul Wintz, who all looked lively in the nets yesterday, bowling with pace and aggression, with support from Permaul, Jacobs, Deonarine, Mohammed-Shadir and Devendra Bishoo.

The possibility exists that the visitors, whose lineup is being led by the burly Tamar Lambert, would play an unchanged team from the team which played and defeated Trinidad and Tobago by 93 runs inside three days in the last round.

Danza Hyatt and Brenton Parchment will open their batting lineup with amicable support from Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Lambert, David Bernard Jnr, Carlton Baugh Jnr, Nikita Miller, Andrew Richardson, Odean Browne and Sheldon Cotterell.

Richardson, Cotterell and the man who rocked Guyana’s batting in the Super50 contest three days ago, Bernard Jnr, would be tasked with taking the sheen off the new ball, so that left arm spinner Miller, who has been Jamaica’s ace so far, Lambert and Browne can work their magic.

The action bowls off at 10:00hrs with Nigel Duguid and Joel Wilson being the men in charge of things in the middle, while Shannon Crawford will execute the duties of third umpire and the final XI for both teams will be chosen from -

Guyana: Veerasammy Permaul (captain), Rajendra Chandrika, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Leon Johnson, Narsingh Deonarine, Assad Fudadin, Steven Jacobs, Anthony Bramble, Zaheer Mohammed-Shadir, Devendra Bishoo, Paul Wintz, Ronsford Beaton and Keon Joseph.

Jamaica: Tamar Lambert (Captain), Danza Hyatt, Brenton Parchment, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, David Bernard Jnr, Carlton Baugh Jnr, Nikita Miller, Odean Browne, Andrew Richardson, Simon Jackson, Sheldon Cotterrell and Zeniesse Fowler.

First Published In The Guyana Chronicle.

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 04:49