PROVIDENCE, Guyana, CMC – Hamstrung by the loss of Devendra Bishoo, and a stoppage for rain, Guyana failed in their bid for a long-awaited victory over Barbados on home soil, and had to settle for a draw in the WICB Regional first-class championship on Monday.
Bishoo was called away to represent West Indies for the injured Dwayne Bravo at the World Cup, and his leg-spin bowling was sorely missed, as Barbados reached 87 for four in their second innings, after they were set 292 for victory, on the final day of their fourth round match at the Guyana National Stadium.
Guyana captain Assad Fudadin employed everyone that could bowl slow in his side, including himself, in an effort to undermine the Barbados batting, and fire the home team to their first victory this season.
But defiant batting from Kevin Stoute and Roston Chase saved the day for the Barbadians, after they wobbled to 49 for four.
The result earned Guyana six points and takes them to 13, and Barbados collect three points for the fourth time this season to move to 12.
Barbados stumbled early in their chase, when Dale Richards was caught at square-leg off Brandon Bess for 13, and Kyle Hope was bowled on the back-foot by Fudadin for six.
Barbados captain Ryan Hinds had easily his worst performance with the bat for the season, when he was lbw to left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for three offering no stroke, and Kraigg Brathwaite was caught behind for 14 off Leon Johnson, bowling leg-spin.
Earlier, Guyana, starting the day on 90 for four, declared on 163 for nine about 50 minutes after lunch, following a stoppage for rain, which started about 25 minutes before lunch. Royston Crandon finished with the top score of 30.
Left-arm fast-medium bowler Pedro Collins captured three wickets for 41 runs from 18 overs, medium-pacer Stoute snapped-up three for 47 from 19 overs, and fast bowler Jason Holder took two for 14 from 11 overs.
The Championship takes a break next weekend, but resumes on March 11, when Barbados host Windward Islands at Kensington Oval, and Guyana welcome England Lions to this venue.
GUYANA 1st Innings 330
BARBADOS 1st Innings (overnight 88 for five)
D. Richards lbw b Permaul 26
K. Braithwaite lbw b Permaul 34
K. Hope c Crandon b Bishoo 20
J. Holder c V. Singh b Permaul 0
*R. Hinds b Bishoo 4
K. Stoute c Johnson b Bishoo 0
R. Chase b Bishoo 11
+S. Dowrich b Permaul 76
R. Layne lbw b Permaul 20
F. Edwards lbw b Permaul 0
P. Collins not out 3
Extras (b2, lb2, w3, nb1) 8
TOTAL (all out, 83.5 overs) 202
Fall of wickets: 1-50, 2-75, 3-75, 4-84, 5-84, 6-96, 7-104, 8-179, 9-181
Bowling: Bess 9-2-36-0, Barnwell 9-3-24-0, R. Crandon 10-3-17-0, Permaul 30.5-14-60-6, Bishoo 25-2-61-4
GUYANA 2nd Innings
R. Chandrika c wkpr Richards b Stoute 24
A. Fudadin c wkpr Richards b Collins 11
L. Johnson c wkpr Richards b Holder 21
G. Singh c Edwards b Stoute 2
R. Crandon b Stoute 30
V. Singh c Edwards b Stoute 14
C. Barnwell b Holder 11
D. Christian c Chase b Collins 2
V. Permaul c Stoute b Hinds 24
B Bess not out 12
Extras (b5, lb1, w1, nb5) 12
TOTAL (9 wkts decl’d, 69.4 overs) 163
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-57, 3-61, 4-65, 5-111, 6-111, 7-117, 8-141, 9-163
Bowling: Edwards 6-1-26-0, Hinds 14.4-5-20-1, Collins 18-6-41-3, Holder 11-5-14-2, Stoute 19-5-47-3, Braithwaite 1-0-9-0
BARBADOS 2nd Innings (target: 292)
D. Richards c Chandrika b Bess 13
K. Braithwaite c wkpr Christian b Johnson 13
K. Hope lbw b *Fudadin 6
R. Hinds lbw b Permaul 3
K. Stoute not out 24
R. Chase not out 18
Extras (lb8, w2) 10
TOTAL (4 wkts, 54 overs) 87
Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-25, 3-36, 4-49
Bowling: Bess 5-1-14-1, Barnwell 4-1-10-0, *Fudadin 6-3-7-1, Permaul 19-10-17-1, R. Crandon 5-4-1-0
Johnson 12-4-25-1, V. Singh 2-1-3-0, G. Singh 1-0-2-0
Result: Match drawn
Points: Guyana 6, Barbados 3
Man-of-the-Match: V. Permaul (Guyana)
Umpires: N. Duguid, N. Malcolm
Matchreferee: C. Stuart
Reserve umpire: S. Crawford