Permaul strikes as Guyana fight back

Cave Hill, Barbados – Seamer Carlos Brathwaite and off-spinner Ryan Austin snapped up four-wicket hauls to snatch first innings points for Combined Campuses & Colleges over Guyana in their sixth round WICB First Class Championship match on Saturday.

Playing on the second day at 3Ws Oval, the six-foot-five-inch Brathwaite claimed 4-37 and Austin 4-76 to send Guyana crashing for 207 after they resumed their first innings on the second day of the match at 111. That gave CC&C a first innings lead of 44 after they made 251 on the first day.

However, the visitors struck back late in the day as left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul claimed 2-2 in four overs, to reduce the hosts to 40-3 an overall lead of 84 runs with two days left in the match. For the second time in the match, CC&C captain and opener Omar Phillips fell to the first ball of the innings off pacer Brandon Bess. In the first innings Phillips was bowled and second time around he was trapped plumb leg-before-wicket.

Permaul then came into the attack and trapped Shacoya Thomas lbw for 15 and then bowled night-watchman Kavesh Kantasingh without scoring, as Guyana stormed back. Opener Romel Currency was unbeaten on 21 at the close, partnered by the in-form Kyle Corbin, who made 97 in the first innings.

In the Guyana innings, Rajendra Chandrika missed out on his second first-class fifty when he top scored with 49 while Derwin Christian hit 41 but Guyana’s batting effort left a lot to be desired. With a resolute approach, Chandrika seemed on course for his landmark before edging Brathwaite to slip at 98-4 after facing 108 balls and stroking five fours and a six.

He and night-watchman Permaul (20) carried the score to 41 before Permaul missed a sweep and was bowled by Austin and Leon Johnson also got 20 before edging to Floyd Reifer at slip off Austin at 79-3. After Chandrika fell, Guyana lost wickets quickly and it was left to an entertaining 63-run, eighth-wicket stand between Christian and Zaheer Mohamed (34), to add precious runs.