PROVIDENCE, Guyana, Feb 25, CMC – Half-centuries from Assad Fudadin and Leon Johnson helped Guyana make a strong start against Barbados in the WICB Regional first-class championship on Friday.
Fudadin, the Guyana captain, led by example with an unbeaten 77, and Johnson scored 51, as the home team, sent in to bat, reached 176 for three in their first innings at the close on the rain-affected opening day of their fourth round match at the Guyana National Stadium.
Wet conditions caused by overnight and morning rain mean that not a ball was bowled before lunch, but play started promptly after the scheduled interval, and the Guyanese made hay while the sun shone, led by Fudadin, whose innings has featured six fours and two sixes from 194 deliveries in a shade over 4 ¼ hours.
The home team suffered a setback, when opener Rajindra Chandrika was caught behind off Pedro Collins for 18 to leave Guyana 30 for one.
But Johnson joined Fudadin, and they batted with enterprise to lead the Guyanese to 101 for one at tea.
After the break, the pair continued to maraud the Barbadian bowlers, and laid a solid platform with a stand of 103 for the second wicket before Johnson was caught at deep mid-wicket off leg-spinner Ryan Layne essaying a slow/sweep to leave Guyana 133 for two. Johnson batted for 142 minutes, faced 119 balls, and struck eight fours.
Gajanand Singh came to the crease to see Fudadin clobber Chase over long-off for six, and then dance down the pitch to majestically stroke Layne to the extra boundary in the next over.
Singh, playing in his first game for the season, reached 19 before West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards bowled him in the final half hour just when his stand with Fudadin was beginning to look dangerous.
Both sides made two changes. For Barbados Layne and Collins replaced Shamarh Brooks and Tino Best, and for Guyana, Singh and all-rounder Christopher Barnwell were brought in for Shemroy Barrington and the injured Esuan Crandon.
The Guyanese are seventh on the eight-team ladder on seven points, and will be looking to rebound from a four-wicket defeat inside three days against Windward Islands in St. Vincent.
The Barbadians are slightly ahead of their opponents in sixth place on nine points, following their third straight draw in which they have conceded first innings points against three-time defending champions Jamaica.
Guyana have not beaten Barbados in a regional first-class match on home soil, since their nine-wicket victory at Bourda Oval 27 years ago.
The home team’s only victory, since then against the visitors was at Kensington Oval in Barbados six years ago by six wickets.
GUYANA 1st Innings
R. Chandrika c wkpr Dowrich b Collins 18
*A. Fudadin not out 77
L. Johnson c Brathwaite b Layne 51
G. Singh b Edwards 15
R. Crandon not out 0
Extras (lb2, w2, nb11) 15
TOTAL (3 wkts, 61.1 overs) 176
V. Singh, R. Crandon, +D. Christian, C. Barnwell, V. Permaul, D. Bishoo, B. Bess to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-133, 3-175
Bowling: Collins 8-0-36-1, Edwards 12.1-6-22-1, Hinds 6-0-15-0, Holder 5-1-12-0, Stoute 8-1-25-0, Layne 13-2-43-1, Chase 10-4-21-0
BARBADOS: D. Richards, K. Brathwaite, *R. Hinds, K. Hope, K. Stoute, R. Chase, +S. Dowrich, J. Holder, R. Layne, P. Collins, F. Edwards
Umpires: N. Duguid, N. Malcolm
Matchreferee: C. Stuart
Reserve umpire: S. Crawford