Guyana take crucial 1st innings points

By Donald Duff at Albion
Stabroek News
February 12, 2001

Left-arm spinner Neil Mc Garrell bowled Guyana to a hard-fought 78-run lead over Jamaica which the locals stretched to 101 at close of play, on the third day of their Busta Cup cricket match at the Albion Community Development Centre ground yesterday.

Mc Garrell grabbed the first five wickets to fall as Jamaica resuming on their overnight 109-2 slipped to 144-5.

Mc Garrell began the Jamaicans' demise from as early as the first ball of his second over of the day when new batsman Gareth Breese played back to an arm ball and chipped it onto his stumps.

Wayne Cuff made 36 from 117 balls with four boundaries before he was bowled by Mc Garrell.

At lunch, Jamaica were 143-4 with Robert Samuels not out 16 and Carlton Baugh Jnr in his debut match not out on two.

Upon the resumption Baugh Jnr was caught by Travis Dowlin off the last ball of Mc Garrell's first over and with the injured Franklyn Rose unable to bat the Guyanese were looking to quickly run through the lower order.

However, the Jamaicans were not about to roll over and die and skipper Samuels found a useful ally in wicket-keeper Keith Hibbert and the pair put on 52 for the sixth wicket before leg-spinner Ron Matthews removed Samuels to a catch at first slip by Azeemul Haniff for 39.

But Hibbert found another partner in the experienced Nehemiah Perry and the two batsmen added 57 for the seventh wicket in 72 minutes with both batsmen benefiting from chances.

Matthews eventually had Perry LBW for 25 from 59 balls while Darren Powell was bowled by Ramnaresh Sarwan for a duck.

Hibbert who eventually reached his half-century was last man out LBW to a Matthews' googly for 52 from 161 minutes off 144 balls with four fours. Mc Garrell who at one stage bowled 27 consecutive overs for 25 runs with 16 maidens, ended with 5-82 from 52 overs while Matthews supported him admirably with 3-68 from 29.4 overs.

In just about an hour's batting before the close Nicholas de Groot delighted the large crowd of over 5000 persons by taking 10 off Powell's first over. But thereafter the runs dried up and the Jamaicans sent down 11 consecutive maiden overs before Azeemul Haniff took a single off the penultimate delivery of the day. At stumps Guyana were 23-0 with de Groot 12 and Haniff 2.

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