Senior cricket trials…
Cornelius shines with the lone half-century
Guyana Chronicle
November 26, 2003

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A WELL played 62 by former Under-19 captain Troy Cornelius, yesterday, was the highlight of the Neil McGarrell XI innings who went down to leg-spin and pace bowling by Nagamootoo XI on the first day of the second trials at the GCC ground, Bourda.

Left-arm spinner Hemnarine Harrinarine and pacer Rayon Thomas took seven wickets between them with Harrinarine picking up four for 39 from 21 overs, while Thomas grabbed three for 56 from eight overs.

When bails were lifted, Nagamootoo’s side was on 53 for one with first trial centurion Krishna Arjune (16) and Homchand Pooran (29) at the crease still 110 runs behind, chasing a modest total of 163 for nine declared made by the Neil McGarrell’s side.

The only wicket to fall for the Berbician side was that of Azemul Haniff who lost his wicket to Eion Katchay for three.

When the McGarrell side took the bat yesterday morning they were some dismal failures as three wickets fell for one run, with Ryan Ramdass, Travis Dowlin and Chattergoon who made an unbeaten century in the first trial, losing their wickets without scoring.

It was at this point that Cornelius and Damodar Daesrat took the score from three for one to 68 for four, adding 65 runs for the fourth wicket, before Daesrat lost his wicket to Harrinarine for 28 runs. Daesrat’s innings came off 72 balls and included three fours.

Andre Percival then came to the crease and he did not last long, becoming the fourth batsman and second who scored a century in the first trial, to lose his wicket without scoring.

After that Cornelius and captain McGarrell (24) carried the score on and the side declared at tea on163 for nine, with Cornelius finishing on 62, which consisted of seven fours from 189 balls in 203 minutes.