Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Bowlers give CCC lead


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CRAFTY OFF-SPINNER Ryan Austin and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite grabbed four wickets each to bowl the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) to first innings honours over Guyana on the second day of their sixth-round WICB Regional first-class match at the 3Ws Oval, yesterday.
Resuming from 11 for one overnight in pursuit of the CCC’s 251, Guyana were dismissed for 207, conceding a first innings lead of 44 runs with Brathwaite taking four for 37 off 20 overs and Austin capturing four for 76 in 29 overs.
But Guyana struck back in the final hour, reducing CCC to 40 for three in their second innings, an overall lead of 84 with Romel Currency not out 21, belatedly partnered by the in-form Kyle Corbin, who is yet to score.
CCC captain Omar Phillips suffered the indignity of a “king pair”, falling to fast bowler Brendan Bess for a first-ball “duck” in both innings.
Eighth-wicket stand Guyana’s final total was boosted by an eighth-wicket stand of 64 between wicketkeeper Derwin Christian, who made 41 (6×4, 84 balls, 111 minutes) and off-spinner Zaheer Mohammed, who hit out for 34, striking two sixes and four fours off 46 balls.
Opener Rajendra Chandrika topscored with 49, hitting five fours and a six off 108 balls in 148 minutes but he was out shortly after Guyana resumed from 94 for three at lunch.
In the morning session, Guyana lost night watchman Veerasammy Permaul and Leon Johnson, both for 20 to Austin, who pushed his tally to a tournament-high 25 wickets.
Permaul was bowled, injudiciously swinging at Austin’s first ball, while Johnson, after hitting two fours and a six, was brilliantly caught at first slip by Floyd Reifer.
After lunch, Guyana suffered a middle-order collapse, losing the wickets of Chandrika, Narsingh Deonarine, Vishaul Singh and captain Assad Fudadin in the space of 32 runs as they slumped to 140 for seven at tea.
Chandrika snicked an outswinger from Brathwaite to Kyle Corbin at second slip, while Test batsman Deonarine prodded for nine off 47 balls in 69 minutes before he was embarrassingly bowled, offering no stroke to a delivery from Brathwaite, who continued his impressive bowling in his debut first-class season in which he has taken 16 wickets.       
Austin also won a lbw verdict against the left-handed Vishaul Singh and claimed the third scalp of four left-handers in the Guyana middle order, bowling a bemused Fudadin, who misjudged an off-break and had his off-stump disturbed without playing a shot.
But Mohammed counter-attacked, swinging Austin for a six over midwicket and also lofted leg-spinner Nkrumah Bonner over wide long-on for another six.
Brathwaite was recalled for his third spell of the day and in his second over, had Mohammed superbly caught one-handed by tall wicketkeeper Jamal Smith who kept tidily in a bye-less display, showing the value of having a specialist wicketkeeper behind the stumps.
Bonner then trapped Christian leg before wicket and Brathwaite wrapped up the innings, bouncing out last man Ronsford Beaton for four.
Batting a second time, Phillips was trapped leg before wicket by Bess, while left-arm spinner Permaul made a late double strike, trapping Shacaya Thomas leg before wicket for 15 and bowling night watchman Kavesh Kantasingh for a “duck” to set up what could be an intriguing third.

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