Captain Leon Johnson and the experienced Christopher Barnwell hit half-centuries to rescue Guyana and frustrate Trinidad and Tobago, on the second day of their final round Regional Four-Day match here yesterday.
At the close, Guyana were 247 for seven, still 48 runs adrift of Trinidad and Tobago’s first innings total of 294 at the Guyana National Stadium.
The left-handed Johnson was at the core of Guyana’s effort, stroking 78 while Barnwell scored exactly 50. They put on an important 80 for the sixth wicket to pull the hosts around for a dodgy position of 89 for six.
Earlier, out-of-favour West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo added two more wickets to his overnight haul to finish with career-best figures of nine for 78 as T&T added just 20 more runs after resuming the day on 274 for eight.
Bishoo’s figures were the best in first-class cricket by a Guyanese bowler.
Imran Khan, who started the day on 37, was dismissed for 44.
Openers Trevon Griffith and Tagenarine Chanderpaul (14) added 34 for the first wicket to give Guyana a sound start before off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth ripped through the top and middle order, to finish with four for 78.
It was fast bowler Shannon Gabriel who got the first breakthrough, having Griffith caught at the wicket for 23, pushing tentatively forward.
With just three runs added, new batsman Shimron Hetmyer clipped the seventh ball he faced to mid-on to give Jaggernauth his first wicket, and send Guyana to lunch at 38 for two.
After the break, Guyana went into decline, losing three more wickets for 38 runs before Johnson and Barnwell arrived to steady the innings.
Johnson, who scored a hundred last week against Leeward Islands, struck five fours and a six and faced 169 balls in three hours and 13 minutes at the crease while Barnwell counted seven fours off 88 balls.
Captain Rayad Emrit trapped Barnwell lbw after tea but Johnson found an ally in Mohammed Shadir, who was unbeaten on 39 at the close, to add a further 44 for the seventh wicket.
Johnson proved to be T&T’s last success of the day, edging a drive at Jaggernauth behind to wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo.
Other regional scores:
At 3Ws Oval: Jamaica lead by 100 runs.
JAMAICA 182 (Carlton Baugh 57, Jerome Taylor 39; Raymon Reifer 3-24, Akeem Dewar 2-24, Jomel Warrican 2-42, Ryan Austin 2-70) and 79 for two (John Campbell 38, Jermaine Blackwood 23 not out) vs CCC 161 (Kevin McClean 36, Shacaya Thomas 33, Kyle Corbin 22; Nikita Miller 5-31, Jerome Taylor 3-40)
At Vivian Richards Cricket Ground: Leewards trail by 178 runs.
LEEWARD ISLANDS 94 (Devon Thomas 30; Ashley Nurse 4-24) and 54 for two (Kieran Powell 23 not out) vs BARBADOS 326 (Kraigg Brathwaite 92, Omar Phillips 79, Jonathan Carter 39, Shai Hope 29; Anthony Martin 5-78, Jacques Taylor 2-42)