West Indies youth cricketer Tagenarine Chanderpaul is eyeing a century as Guyana move to assert themselves against Trinidad and Tobago in the West Under-19 cricket tournament in Guyana.
Powerful half centuries from Chanderpaul and Shimron Hetmyer lifted the Guyanese to a comfortable position against the Trinidadians on the first day of their third round match at Bourda on Wednesday.
Chanderpaul is undefeated on 79 while Hetmyer scored 63 as Guyana eased to 228 for five after Trinidad and Tobago had won the toss and decided to field.
The two gave the homeside a solid start by compiling 88 runs for the first wicket before Hetmyer departed for 63, caught by Akil Seetahal of the bowling of Samuel Roopnarine, T and T’s top wicket taker in the game.
Chanderpaul, son of veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, has already stuck nine fours and faced 289 balls in his 360 minute occupation of the crease.
His resolute batting carried the innings and kept the momentum in Guyana’s favour even after they had slipped at one stage to 178 for the loss of four wickets.
Other contributions with the bat to consolidate the innings came from Askay Homraj 22 and Brian Sattaur who got to 21 before his stumps were knocked over from a ball delivered by Roopnarine who finished the day with two wickets for 44 runs.
T&T vs GUYANA
GUYANA 1st Inns
S. Hetmyer c Seetahal b Roopnarine 63
T. Chanderpaul not out 79
*B. Sattaur b Roopnarine 21
A. Homraj b Joseph 22
B. Baldeo run out 3
S. Ramcharran b Seetal 20
K. Paul not out 13
Extras (b4, w1, lb2) 7
TOTAL (5 wkts, 97 overs) 228
D. Waldron, S. Sankar, +K. Savory K. Morris to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-88, 2-130, 3-158, 4-166, 5-203
Bowling: #Seetal 9-1-32-1, #Phillip 12-1-38-0, Joseph 24-10-59-1, Roopnarine 30-8-44-2, Bootan 18-6-46-0, Christmas 4-2-3-0
T&T UNDER-19s: *J. Solozano, A. Jangoo, +B. Christmas, C. Carimbocas, B. Jaggernauth, J. Manniram, J. Joseph, A. Phillip, S. Roopnarine, A. Seetal, J. Bootan
Toss: T&T Under-19s
Points-to-date: Guyana Under-19s 2, T&T Under-19s 1.1
Umpires: D. Butler, G. Sukhdeo
Match referee: G. Culbard
Reserve umpire: Z. Mohamed