Dowlin, Deonarine bat Guyana to safety
…second round Carib Beer match ends in no-result
Guyana Chronicle
January 16, 2007

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(From Ravendra Madholall at the Guaracara Park in Point-a-Pierre, South Trinidad in association with Regal Stationery and Computer Centre, 4R Bearings, Mahadeo Lall (Buju) and Rose Hall Tow Youth and Sports Club.

SOLID unbeaten half-centuries from skipper Narsingh Deonarine and vice-captain Travis Dowlin ensured Guyana held on to another drawn encounter against defending champions Trinidad and Tobago after the completion of the second rain-ruined round of the 2007 Carib Beer series yesterday at the Guaracara Park in Trinidad.

The game was called off as soon as Deonarine, reached his half century by the two umpires and both captains decided that the contest was a no result in the 39th over, Guyana reaching 141 for two, replying to the hosts’ 272 for four declared.

Deonarine, who faced 83 balls from 79 minutes hit three fours and a solitary six while Dowlin who played very aggressively received 89 balls and occupied the crease for 93 minutes, spanking three elegant fours as they shared an unbroken 88-run third-wicket stand.

The Guyanese, no doubt would have begun their innings meticulously, and tried desperately to bat out the remaining overs, lost opener and debutant Royston Crandon fending a short delivery from pacer Mervyn Dillion to find Dwyane Bravo at second slip for eight.

Experienced opener Krishna Arjune never looked comfortable during his stay and was deceived and bowled for seven by left-arm orthodox spinner Dave Mohamed..

But solid resistance came from Deonarine and his West Indies ‘A’ team mate Dowlin, who hit seven attacking fours from 73 deliveries while the right-hander occupied the crease for 64 minutes.

Dillion, a former West Indies fast bowler, bowled with pace and accuracy ona typically flat Guaracara track in brilliant sunshine which was a total transformation after the first two days were washed without a ball being bowled had taken one for nine from six testing overs, while Mohamed nabbed one for 38 from five overs.

Earlier, the gathering was in for a treat as talented right-hander Keiron Pollard provided some rich entertainment blasting a 31-ball 69 to inspire has team to a challenging 272 for four declared.

Pollard, who has been named in the West Indies 30-man squad in preparation for the upcoming ICC World Cup, clobbered six sixes and a solitary four.

The 19-year-old Pollard in his second game at this level, and who scored a brilliant debut century against Barbados in the first round, also shared a quick-firing 90-run third-wicket stand with Dwayne Bravo from just 49 deliveries.

West Indies all-rounder Bravo’s contribution to that enterprising partnership was 21 from 19balls in 43 minutes before he was run out, looking for a risky single.

They two came together when the home team lost their skipper Daren Ganga with the very first ball of the shortened final day’s play spooning a catch to Veerasammy Permaul off the much-touted Reon King for 76 while soon after the promising Adrian Barath nipped a catch to wicketkeeper Derwin Christian for 73.

The Trinidad and Tobago skipper Ganga in his 128th regional first-class matches, faced 166 balls while he occupied the crease for 219 minutes striking seven glorious fours. The right-hander was also part of a recording-breaking opening stand of 170 with the diminutive Barath on the third afternoon.

Even though, the Ganga and Barath (224 minutes, 189 balls and 6x4) failed o regain their previous day’s composure, and King momentarily looked settle, the visitors’ fielding was atrocious and was compounded with inexplicable dropped catches.

King, took two for 71 from 12 overs while Deonarine, with his improved off-spin collected a wicket conceding 26 runs from his 10.5 overs.

The two teams will now meet in the abbreviated version tomorrow at the Queen’s Park Oval in the second round of the 2007 KFC competition.

Guyana vs T&T
T&T 1st Innings

*D Ganga c Permaul b King 76

A Barath c Christian b King 73

K Pollard c Permaul b Deonarine 69

D Bravo run out 21

R Kelly not out 3

Extras (b2, lb7, nb21) 30

TOTAL (4 wkts decl., 64.5 overs) 272

Fall of wickets: 1-170, 2-170, 3-260,4- 272.

Did not bat: Jason Mohammed, Denesh Ramdin, Rayad Emrit, Dave Mohammed, Mervyn Dillon, Amit Jaggernauth.

Bowling: King 12-0-71-2 (nb13), Crandon 14-4-48-0 (nb3), Fudadin 3-0-10-0, Permaul 8-1-30-0 (nb2), Nagamootoo 17-2-78-0 (nb3), Deonarine 10.5-1-26-1.

GUYANA 1st Innings

K Arjune b D Mohammed 7

R Crandon c Bravo b Dillon 8

T Dowlin not out 63

N Deonarine not out 50

Extras (b2, lb1, nb10) 13

TOTAL (2 wkts, 39 overs) 141

Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-45.

Did not bat: Azeemul Haniff, Asad Fudadin, Derwin Christian, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Verasammy Permaul, Reon King, Esaun Crandon.

Bowling: Dillon 6-1-9-1, Kelly 7-1-30-0 (nb1), Emrit 6-2-10-0 (nb4), Mohammed 7-1-38-1, Bravo 5-0-12-0 (nb3), Jaggernauth 5-0-24-0, Pollard 3-0-15-0 (nb2).

Points: T&T 4, Guyana 4.