Guyana pulling no punches against B'dos
Stabroek News
October 6, 2001

Guyana's captain Carl Hooper and his charges will be pulling no punches when they take on Barbados in the game likely to determine Zone B champions of the Red Stripe Bowl limited overs cricket competition at the GCC ground Bourda today.

"We have to improve in all areas and play better if we are to beat Barbados," the master batsman said yesterday.

Hooper explained that nothing can be taken for granted against the dangerous Barbados team and pointed out that his bowlers especially the seamers will have to be more economical.

Although Guyana scored more than six runs an over in 30 to defeat the Southern Windwards in their opening match, Hooper still feels there is room for improvement because he expects a stronger bowling attack from Barbados.

The West Indies captain also hinted that Guyana will play the same 11 which defeated the Southern Windwards on Wednesday.

"The final decision has not yet been made but it might well be the same team," he said.

Hooper who blasted 95 runs in 59 balls, said the squad is nevertheless pretty confident of pulling off their second straight victory. He said everyone is fit and ready to produce a good showing.

Should there be no changes it would mean reliable paceman Kevin Darlington having to stay on the bench one more time in favour of West Indies regular Colin Stuart who was unimpressive against Southern Windwards.

Many fans are of the impression that the Berbice-born right armer is one of the best one-day seam bowlers in the country and Stuart will be under pressure to do well today to keep his place.

Likewise fellow paceman Reon King, another of the seven West Indies players in the lineup, will be hoping for better results at his home ground at Bourda.

Based on his superlative display at Albion, all eyes will be on Hooper who is expected to attract a huge crowd mainly to see him spearhead the powerful Guyana lineup to a match winning score.

Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul along with exciting openers Andrew Gonsalves and Sewnarine Chattergoon comprise the core of the lineup which also has the fast improving Travis Dowlin who did not get the opportunity to bat on Wednesday.

Barbados named a 12-man squad yesterday after leaving out Rohan Nurse and Kurt Wilkinson from the 14 and skipper Sherwin Campbell expects his men to give 110 percent to beat Guyana.

"You always find Guyana playing well at home and it will not be easy to win," Campbell said yesterday adding they are confident and raring to go.

The visiting team will be looking to pacemen Corey Collymore and Hendy Bryan to continue the good work they put out against Antigua and Barbuda.

Lanky left arm spinner Sulieman Benn and Ryan Hinds are also key components of the attack which will have its work cut out against the strong Guyana batting order and Campbell states that there is some concern over the extras they concede.

Belligerent opener Philo Wallace will spearhead the batting challenge even though Campbell is well versed in the one day game. The visitors will also depend a lot on the attacking Floyd Reifer and Courtney Browne along with allrounder Hinds and newcomer Dean Richards.

The match will get underway at 9.30 a.m.

Teams: Guyana- (from) Carl Hooper (captain), Andrew Gonsalves, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Travis Dowlin, Lennox Cush, Narsingh Deonarine, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Neil McGarrell, Vishal Nagamootoo, Reon King, Colin Stuart and Kevin Darlington.

Barbados: -(from) Sherwin Campbell (captain), Philo Wallace, Dean Richards, Floyd Reifer, Adrian Griffith, Courtney Browne, Ryan Hinds, Ian Bradshaw, Hendy Bryan, Sulieman Benn, Pedro Collins, Corey Collymore, Kurt Wilkinson and Rohan Nurse.