Last weekend Cricket returned to the Guyana National Stadium with the home side taking on Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) in the Regional 4 day tournament.

The home side won by 46 runs; they were elected to bat first and post a total of 231 for the visitors. The experienced West Indies player Assad Fudadin was the one to stabilize Guyana’s batting with his 87 runs. The debutant Anthony Bramble who replaced Derwain Christian made 37 not out. The wicket takers for the students were Ryan Austin three for 37 and Raymond Reifer two for 28. Guyana ended the first day on 225/7.

They resumed on Sunday with 225/7 but were eventually dismissed for 231. Nekoli Parris picked up all three of the wickets giving him figures of 4-9. The CCC began their reply to Guyana’s 231 and reached 40 before losing three quick wickets, Shacaya Thomas for seven, Anthony Alleyne for 37and Parris for eight. None of the batsmen were able to steady the ship for CCC. Kyle Corbin went for 11 off the bowling of Veerasammy Permaul while coach & player Floyd Reifer was bowled for eight by Devendra Bishoo. Raymond Reifer who looked great in the middle fell for 19 to Ronsford Beaton.

Akeem Dewar then departed for nine after Beaton uprooted his stumps. Chadwick Walton came in and played an aggressive 32 before becoming another victim of Beaton’s bowling. His fourth victim was Ryan Austin. Skipper for the Guyana team, Permaul, then took the last wicket which was that of Kevin McClean. Permaul ended with figures 4-39 off 20.1overs and Beaton 4-52 off 15 overs.

Guyana commenced their second innings losing opening batsman Rajendra Chandrika without scoring. Leon Johnson and Assad Fudadin played well to take the side to 44-1 at Stumps.

On the third day Guyana resumed on 44 for 1 with Leon Johnson 16 and Assad Fudadin 26, they manage to push the total to 74 before the team lost both batsmen. Narsingh Deonarine came and left for seven. Ramnaresh Sarwan and Steven Jacobs managed to repair the early damage taking the score to 100 off 32.2 overs. Sarwan was then departed for 13 after they pushed the score to 110; 66 minutes after lunch the Guyana side was all out for 175. Jacobs and Bramble were dismissed in the space of at least seven deliveries.

The students continued their campaign for Guyana’s wickets and managed to remove Bishoo, Paul Wintz and Permaul 14(1×6). Chasing 240 for victory the students ended the day with 144 for six with Raymond Reifer on 22 and Dewar yet to get off the mark looking for 126 more runs to victory with 4 wickets in hand.

Resuming the final day on 114 for six the visitors lost Dewar (4) bowled by Veerasammy Permaul in the first hour of play. The visitors managed to reach 155 for seven, the last three wickets added 75 runs but even though the match was stretch into the second session they were all out for 195 giving Guyana their first win in this year’s regional tournament.

On Thursday the teams played each other in the Super 50 over match. The Guyanese wasted no time in taking the wickets of the students. The students won the toss and chose to bat first, they lost their first wicket to Steven Jacobs, Chadwick Walton was sent back for 1. The students looked like they were beginning to build an innings but Devendra Bishoo destroyed those plans by taking two quick wickets, Thomas & Corbin. They went for 22 and 0 respectively. At this stage the students were 43-3 in 19th over.

Alleyne and Parris added 57 for the forth wicket, bringing the team to100 off 34overs before Griffith caught Parris at deep mid-wicket. CCC took the batting power play at the 36th over, Alleyne brought up his 50 off 84 balls(3×4); Floyd Reifer continued stroking the ball nicely but was departed by Wintz for 14. The Guyanese kept their bowling tight and took the last 5 wickets for 46 runs.

In reply to the students Guyana’s young opening batsman Trevon Griffith was aggressive to the ball. The team had 25/0 after 3 overs. However all good things must come to an end and Griffith went for a well decorated 33, before Chanderpaul and Sarwan went for 2 and 5 respectively.

The experienced Narsingh Deonarine and Leon Johnson took the team to the 100 run mark and they built a 50 run partnership with Johnson 28 and Deonarine 21. Johnson didn’t manage to carry on he fell to Parris for 37(76b, 2×4) at this stage the home side was 118 for 4, 32nd over. Steven Jacobs was the new batsman to join Deonarine, with Guyana needing 58 more runs to win. He didn’t stay in the middle for long, he departed for 12 as a result of lbw to Dewar. The score was now 147/5.

The young wicket keeper Anthony Bramble & Deonarine took Guyana closer to victory but Deonarine went to Ryan Austin and the skipper, Permaul also went very quickly leaving Guyana 166 for 7 but Bishoo once again came and played very aggressively hitting 2 fours in the 48th over to bring Guyana to victory, he and Bramble left not out 11 and 12 respectively.

Summary Scores: CCC 175 all out off 48.3 overs (Anthony Alleyne 58, Nekoli Parris 31; Paul Wintz 2-28, Devendra Bishoo 2-31)

GUYANA 178 for seven off 48 overs (Narsingh Deonarine 51, Leon Johnson 37, Trevon Griffith 33; Kesrick Williams 2-35)

CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM GUYANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MAGLYFEE, a Guyanese lifestyle blog, is the brainchild of Shemmypatty. Shemmy is a bad feminist, mother, creative, writer and lover of life.

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