in St Vincent
T&T cricketers in search for an outright win against
Guyana to reach the final of the TCL Group West Indies Under-19
Cricket Challenge three-day league championship, kept their
dreams alive yesterday with an impressive all-round display
at the Sion Hill Playing Field in Kingstown.
On an intriguing second's day, T&T snatched first innings
lead, thanks mainly to a fine bowling display by left-arm
wrist spinner Dane Teelucksingh, who picked up six for 31,
as the Guyanese chasing T&Ts first innings total
of 133 were dismissed for 124. It was Teelucksingh's second
successive five-wicket haul in the tournament, which followed
his five for 27 in the second innings against the Leeward
Islands at the Arnos Vale Playing Field.
With a slim lead of nine runs, debutant T&T opening
batsman Marlon Barclay hit a fine 45 in 186 minutes, which
included two fours, and West Indies youth spinner Rishi
Bachan struck a timely 43 to steady the T&T innings.
At the close, T&T reached 170 for nine, an overall lead
of 179 with one wicket intact. Fast bowler Jeewan Ramroop
is not out on eight, and Teelucksingh unbeaten on six.
Off-spinner Jason Sripal is the leading bowler for the Guyana
with figures of five for 49 from 24 overs.
In an extended day's play which was interrupted twice for
rain, Guyana started on 114 for seven, still needing 20
for first innings lead and a place in the final.
Bachan struck the first blow when he bowled Delroy Jacobs
for three, to leave the Guyanese on 119 for seven.
Not to be outdone, 'mystery' spinner Teelucksingh joined
in the dance by removing the last two batsmen.
Teelucksingh had Richard Ramdeen caught by Ramroop in the
deep for 43, and at 124 he deceived fast bowler Jeremy Gordon
who was given out leg before wicket.
T&T started poorly in their second innings losing Adrian
Bharath for three, bowled by Ryan Hercules.
An early lunch was taken because of rain with T&T on
15 for one, and on the resumption, T&T slipped to 17
for three with the dismissals of skipper Jason Mohammed
(two) and William Perkins (0). Barclay was joined by Javed
Mohammed and the pair steadied the innings with an important
partnership of 40 for the fourth wicket. Despite the loss
of a few wickets in the middle, Barclay, first innings batting
hero Kieron Pollard (26) and Bachan kept the T&T hopes
alive with resolute batting.
T&T v Guyana
T&T 1st inns 133
Guyana 1st inns (o/n 114/7)
K Deosarran c Barclay b Pollard 1
R Ramdeen c Ramroop b Teelucksingh 43
G Singh c Narine b Teelucksingh 38
L Johnson lbw Teelucksingh 16
J Sripal c Barclay b Narine 2
D Wallace c Pollard b Teelucksingh 1
A Williams c Pollard b Teelucksingh 2
D Jacobs b Bachan 3
V Permaul c Barclay b Bachan 0
R Hercules not out 4
J Gordon lbw Teelucksingh 0
Extras: (1b, 5lb, 2w, 6nb) 14
TOTAL: (all out -58.3 overs) 124
Wkts: 17, 107, 108, 110, 113, 113, 114, 119, 122, 124.
Bowling: Javed Mohammed 4-2-6-0, J Ramroop 6-1-16-0, K Pollard
4-1-9-1, S Narine 14-1-37-1, R Bachan 13-4-19-2, D Teelucksingh
T&T 2nd inns
M Barclay run out 45
A Bharath b Hercules 3
Jason Mohammed c Johnson b Hercules 2
W Perkins c Singh b Hercules 0
Javed Mohammed c Johnson b Sripal 15
D Bennett stp Jacobs b Sripal 7
K Pollard c & b Sripal 26
R Bachan c Ramdeen b Sripal 43
S Narine stp Jacobs b Sripal 7
J Ramroop not out 8
D Teelucksingh not out 6
Extras: (5b, 2w, 1nb) 8
TOTAL: (for 9 wkts -77 overs) 170
Wkts: 11, 17, 17, 57, 69, 89, 125, 139, 156.
Bowling: J Gordon 13-2-36-0, R Hercules 14-3-30-3, D Wallace
8-2-19-0, J Sripal 24-5-49-5, V Permaul 10-1-19-0, A Williams
6-2-10-0, L Johnson 2-1-2-0.