T&T batsmen leave Guyana needing 376
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Openers Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath, along with Kieron Pollard hammered half-centuries as Trinidad and Tobago flexed their muscle against Guyana, on the penultimate day of their fourth round clash in the Regional Four-Day Championship here Friday.
Simmons top scored with 70 and Barath joined him with 56 at the top order before Pollard assaulted the Guyana bowlers in typically aggressive knock to bludgeon an unbeaten 54 from a mere 32 balls, to fire T&T to 251 for two declared in their second innings at Queen’s Park Oval.
Set an improbable 376 for victory, Guyana ended the day on 54 for one, still 322 runs adrift of their target heading in Saturday’s final day.
Opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 27, and was accompanied by nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo on four.
Chanderpaul, the 16-year-old son of veteran left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul, put on 45 with West Indies batsman Assad Fudadin who made 19 before he was clean bowled by seamer Rayad Emrit.
Earlier, Guyana failed to add to their overnight 195 for nine as Ronsford Beaton was bowled first ball of the day by fast bowler Shannon Gabriel for seven.
With a lead of 124 runs on first innings, T&T went into overdrive as Simmons and Barath batted positively to ensure there were no early breakthroughs for Guyana.
Simmons struck six fours and a six in an innings lasting 171 balls and 237 minutes while Barath faced 134 deliveries in 216 minutes at the crease, and counted seven boundaries.
Barath fell just before tea, caught at point by substitute Shemroy Barrington off left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and Simmons followed him seven overs later, caught at the wicket off off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine, at 165 for two.
However, that was the end of the success for Guyana as Pollard combined with Darren Bravo, who stroked an unbeaten 48, to put on 86 in an unbroken third wicket partnership.
Pollard belted three fours and four sixes while the left-handed Bravo hit a pair of fours and sixes off 60 balls.
Summary Score: TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 319 (Denesh Ramdin 84, Darren Bravo 66, Lendl Simmons 51, Imran Khan 44, Sunil Narine 24; Veerasammy Permaul 3-60, Paul Wintz 2-50, Ronsford Beaton 2-58) and 251 for two decl. (Lendl Simmons 69, Adrian Barath 56, Kieron Pollard 54 not out, Darren Bravo 48 not out) v GUYANA 195 (Leon Johnson 87, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 42, Assad Fudadin 29; Sunil Narine 6-40) and 54 for one (Tagenarine Chanderpaul 27 not out)
T&T 1st Innings 319
GUYANA 1st Innings
(overnight 195 for nine)
A Fudadin lbw b Gabriel 29
T Chanderpaul c DJ Bravo b Narine 42
L Johnson b Narine 87
N Deonarine c Narine b DJ Bravo 1
R Sarwan lbw b Narine 1
S Chanderpaul b DM Bravo b Narine 8
+D Christian lbw b DJ Bravo 0
*V Permaul c Gabriel b Narine 1
D Bishoo and b Narine 4
P Wintz not out 5
R Beaton b Gabriel 7
Extras (b1, lb5, w1, nb3) 10
TOTAL (all out, 63.1 overs) 195
Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-156, 3-157, 4-160, 5-175, 6-176, 7-176, 8-180, 9-181.
Bowling: Gabriel 12.1-2-50-2, Emrit 11-2-28-0, Narine 17-5-38-6, DJ Bravo 12-1-37-2, Jaggernauth 10-4-31-0, Imran Khan 1-0-5-0.
T&T 2nd Innings
A Barath c (sub) Barrington b Permaul 56
L Simmons c wkp Christian b Deonarine 70
DM Bravo not out 48
K Pollard not out 54
Extras (b5, lb9, w8, nb1) 23
TOTAL (2 wkts, 66 overs) 251
Fall of wickets: 1-144, 2-165.
Bowling: Beaton 13-2-28-0, Wintz 0.1-0-5-0, Fudadin 3.5-0-12-0, Permaul 17-1-78-1, Chanderpaul 7-5-5-0, Bishoo 15-1-65-0, Deonarine 10-2-44-1.
GUYANA 2nd Innings (target: 376 runs)
A Fudadin b Emrit 19
T Chanderpaul not out 27
D Bishoo not out 4
Extras (w1, nb3) 4
TOTAL (1 wkt, 16 overs) 54
Fall of wicket: 1-45.
Bowling: Gabriel 3-1-5-0, DJ Bravo 3-0-18-0, Narine 5-1-21-0, Emrit 3-0-10-1, Jaggernauth 2-2-0-0.
Position: Guyana require a further 322 for victory with nine wickets standing.
Umpires: Patrick Gustard, Norman Malcolm.