Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie bowled with extreme control in his spell of 5-22 in the Guyana Jaguars Super50 second practice match at La Bonne Intention (LBI). Under clear skies, Johnson’s XI won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 109 all out in 32.1 overs. In response, Vishaul Singh’s XI, led by Kevlon Anderson’s solid 34 ensured the victory, ending the match at 110-4 in 19.3 overs.
Earlier, Chandrapaul Hemraj got some runs under his belt, hitting a top-score of 41 for Johnson’s XI. He added 61 runs with his opening partner, Trevon Griffith. Hemraj was dismissed by Shepherd at 60-1 in 8.3 overs, after his innings was decorated with four sixes and two fours. Things went downhill for Johnson’s XI as the final nine wickets fell for 49 runs.
Shimron Hetmyer, batting at number three was removed for a six-ball duck when he was trapped on his boot and was adjudged leg-before to Keon Joseph at 61-2. Griffith, playing an unusual role, was the third man to fall, scoring a cautious 16. It was Joseph again with the breakthrough. The lad from West Berbice, who was selected to play Super50, since he last played in 2010, did his job as first change bowler, after he removed both Hetmyer and Griffith.
The spinners then came and made merry. An impressive Kevin Sinclair, who bowls with great control, took a return catch that saw the end of Johnson for four, with the score at 76-4 in 15.3 overs. In the next over, the lad from Albion, opened the floodgates, removing the big Christopher Barnwell for four. At regular intervals, Motie made the ball talk. He removed Akshaya Persaud (03), Anthony Bramble (09), Renaldo Ali Mohamad (03) and Quinten Sampson (00).
It was a nice battle between Ramaal Lewis and Devendra Bishoo. After Lewis was beaten by some sharp turn off Bishoo, he slammed Bishoo to the fence but the experience player came back and ended Lewis’s innings for 15. In addition to Motie’s 5-22 in 10 overs, which included four maidens, Joseph had 2-28 in four overs while Sinclair had 1-12 in seven overs,inclusive of one maiden. Shepherd claimed 1-19 and Bishoo had 1-9.
In the chase of 110, Assad Fudadin who is set for a grand return to the Jaguars team, played a deligtful shot down the ground off Pestano, which went for a sweet six. That was his only scoring shot as his innings concluded when part-time spinner, Hemraj picked up his wicket. Fudadin was caught at mid-off at 8-1. His fellow Berbician, the West Indies youth player, Anderson looked at his solid best.
He showed no flaw, with the exception when he was dropped on 17 at slip by Griffith. He rotated the strike and found the gaps, playing ball along the carpet. He added 58 runs with Tevin Imlach; but the former who looked promising, was removed by the upbeat Barnwell. Imlach made 17 and he departed with the score on 66-2 in 12.1 overs. Barnwell continued to probe and he removed Singh for 09, when Anthnony Bramble took a sharp catch.
Tagnenarine Chanderpaul played an unbeaten innings of 28, decorated with three fours and two sixes while Anderson innings of 34, included one four and three 3-shots. Barnwell claimed 2-28 in six overs while Lewis and Hemraj had one wicket each. The third and final practice match is set for Friday at LBI as Guyana Jaguars finalize their preparation ahead of the Regional Super50 Cup set for February 7 in Antigua.