Guyana take lead over Leewards

Georgetown, Guyana, CMC – Guyana’s bowlers, led by Anthony Adams, set things up, and their batting, starring newcomer Chanderpaul Hemraj, helped the hosts claim first innings points over Leeward Islands in the WICB Regional Under-19 Championship on Monday.

Adams collected four wickets for 16 runs from 7.2 overs, and Amir Khan snared three for 39 from eight overs, as Leewards, choosing to bat, were dismissed for 107 in their first innings inside the first hour after lunch on the opening day of their first round match.

Leewards captain Rahkeem Cornwall, with Caribbean Twenty20 experience under his belt, led the way for his side, hitting five fours and two sixes in a pugnacious 38-ball 43.

An unbeaten 72 from Hemraj and 30 not out from West Indies Under-19 left-hander Kwame Crosse then anchored Guyana to 151 for three at the close on a slow Guyana National Stadium pitch.

Leewards had run into early trouble on 27 for three, after Guyana captain Ronsford Beaton, the West Indies Under-19 fast bowler, had Duan Webbe caught behind for seven, Elijah Peters was run out for the same scoe, and Clinton Pestano then trapped Akeem Saunders lbw for one.

Cornwall came to the crease, and entertained the handful of spectators with some big hitting, including two huge sixes off Khan. He and Shaquille Martina with 17 revived the Leewards with a 61-run stand, but Khan removed the pair in the space of one run, wobbling the visitors on 88 for five.

When rain prompted lunch 10 minutes earlier than scheduled, Leewards were 90 for seven, and following the interval, Wasim Mintos made 11, becoming only the third Leewards batsman to reach double figures, before Khan bowled him, and Adams wrapped up the innings as the visitors lost their last seven wickets for 21 runs.

Guyana had a shaky start, when Kevon Boodie was lbw to Cleon Reece for a duck, and Kandasammy Surujnarine, his opening partner, also fell lbw for four to the first ball from off-spinner Cornwall.

The Leewards continued the fightback, when Dominique Rikhi was caught in the deep off Larry Audain for 27, leaving Guyana 54 for three. But the 17-year-old Hemraj and Crosse featured in an unfinished 97-run partnership to stabilise the innings.

E. Peters run out 7
D. Webbe c wk Boodie b Beaton 7
S. Martina b Khan 17
A. Saunders lbw b Pestano 1
*R. Cornwall c Rikhi b Khan 43
L. Audain c and b Adams 1
N. Henry b Adams 4
+D. Parris b Adams 0
W. Mentos b Khan 11
C. Reece not out 0
C. Archibald lbw b Adams 1
Extras (b8, lb3, w2, nb2) 15
TOTAL (all out, 29.2 overs) 107
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-25, 3-27, 4-86, 5-88, 6-90, 7-90, 8-101, 9-105
Bowling: Beaton 6-1-13-1, Pestano 5-1-11-1, Motie 2-0-8-0, La Fleur 1-0-9-0, Khan 8-0-39-3, Adams 7.2-1-16-4
GUYANA 1st Innings
K. Surujnarine lbw b Cornwall 4
K. Boodie lbw b Reece 0
D. Rihki c Henry b Audain 27
C. Hemraj not out 72
K. Crosse not out 30
Extras (b2, lb4, w2, nb10) 18
TOTAL (3 wkts, 59 overs) 151
To bat: *R. Beaton, J. LaFleur, A. Adams, A. Khan, C. Pestano, G. Motie
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-22, 3-54
Bowling: Archibald 3-0-16-0, Reece 6-2-17-1, Cornwall 16-6-38-1, Audain 12-7-16-1, Martina 5-2-13-0, Henry 9-2-32-0, Mentos 8-2-13-0
Position: Guyana lead by 44 runs with seven first innings wickets standing
Toss: Leewards
Umpires: G. Sukhdeo, E. Degalerie