Guyana, T&T battle to exciting draw
By Naz Yacoob
Guyana Chronicle
February 4, 2003

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TRINIDAD & Tobago 1st innings 303 (D.Ganga 89; C.Stuart 4-94)
Guyana 1st innings 338 (A.Percival 76; M.Black 5-88)
TRINIDAD & Tobago 2nd innings (o/n 214 for 5)
I.Jan b M.Nagamootoo 49
A.Jackson c wkp. V.Nagamootoo b King 30
D.Bravo c M.Nagamootoo b McGarrell 47
D.Ganga not out 111
L.Roberts c King b McGarrell 5
L.Simmons c Chattergoon b Nagamootoo 0
+N.Chan not out 66
Extras: (b-2, lb-3, nb-19) 24
Total; (for 5 wickets dec. - 101 overs) 332

Fall of wickets: 1-71, 2-119, 3-137, 4-149, 5-151.

Bowling: King 23-5-86-1 (nb-10), Stuart 17-1-93-0 (nb-9), Cush 12-1-43-0, McGarrell 21-7-43-2, M.Nagamootoo 26-7-55-2, Dowlin 1-0-6-0, Chattergoon 1-0-1-0.

GUYANA 2nd innings
A.Haniff c (sub.) Z.Ali b Ramnarine 69
S.Chattergoon c Jackson b Persad 30
K.Arjune b Persad 4
L.Cush lbw Persad 5
T.Dowlin c Roberts b Ramnarine 4
A.Percival not out 32
+V.Nagamootoo c Jackson b Black 9
M.Nagamootoo not out 10
Extras: (b-8, lb-2, w-2, nb-17) 29

Total: (for 6 wickets - 66 overs) 192

Fall of wickets: 1-74, 2-86, 3-100, 4-124, 5-126, 6-148.

Bowling: Black 11-1-39-1 (nb-6), Rampaul 9-2-18-0 (w-2, nb-3), Ramnarine 23-8-64-2 (nb-5), Persad 20-7-44-3 (nb-3), Bravo 3-1-17-0.

Result: Match drawn.
Guyana 6, Trinidad and Tobago 3.

POINTE-a-Pierre, Trinidad - Defending Busta International Shield champions Guyana and hosts Trinidad and Tobago battled to an exciting draw on the final day of the opening round of the 2003 Carib Beer Cricket Series at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre yesterday.

Set an imposing target of 298 runs in a minimum of 66 overs for victory, Guyana who obtained first innings points defended stubbornly to end on 192 for six when the overs ran out.

Andre Percival was not out on 32 and Mahendra Nagamootoo 10.

Scores: Trinidad and Tobago 303 & 332 for five declared; Guyana 334 & 192 for six.

Guyana started their quest for an outright win in a positive manner, with left-handed openers Azeemul Haniff and Sewnarine Chattergoon putting on 74 for the first wicket.

But with the departure of Chattergoon, caught by Andy Jackson from off-spinner Mukesh Perdad's bowling, for a well-played 30, which included three boundaries, the scoring rate dropped. That, added to four quick dismissals, put paid to Guyana's victory chances.

They lost debutant Krishna Arjune bowled by Persad for four, with the total on 86. Fourteen runs later, all-rounder Lennox Cush failed with the bat again. The right-handed batsman was trapped leg-before-wicket to Persad for five.

After tea, Haniff and Travis Dowlin added a further 24 before both were dismissed in the space of two runs to leave their team staggering on 126 for five.

Dowlin, who was one of the batting stars in his team's first innings, was caught by Lincoln Roberts off Dinanath Ramnarine's bowling for four, and whatever little hopes Guyana had then, ended when Haniff was caught by substitute Zaheer Ali again from Ramnarine's bowling for 69, his second half-century of the match.

The left-hander batted for 152 minutes, faced 125 balls and struck eight boundaries.

More trouble was to come when Vishal Nagamootoo was caught by Jackson from Black's bowling for nine to leave Guyana on the ropes on 148 for six.

But Guyana's first innings batting hero Percival and West Indies Test leg-spinner Nagamootoo stood tall to defy the local team's bowling attack and earn a memorable draw.

They pair defied the five-pronged T&T bowling attack for 19 overs in adding 44 runs in an unbroken match-saving seventh-wicket stand.

Persad ended with figures of two for 44 and Ramnarine two for 63.

Earlier, Trinidad and Tobago resumed on 214 for five, an overall lead of 179 and declared at the lunch interval for 332 without losing any more wickets.

Skipper Daren Ganga completed his eight first-class century, with an unbeaten 111, while wicketkeeper/batsman Navin Chan notched his highest first-class score of 66.

Ganga's milestone was reached in 272 minutes from 215 balls and contained seven fours, while Chan's fifty came in 194 minutes from 125 balls with seven fours.

The duo figured in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 181 in 234 minutes.

Ganga was later named man-of-the-match by adjudicator and former Test off-spinner Rangy Nanan.

Guyana will leave today for Basseterre, St Kitts, to take on the Leeward Islands in a round two encounter starting on Friday.

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