Kanhai Was Elegant

Date Published: 
01-Mar-1967
Source: 
Guyana Graphic
Author: 
Guyana Graphic Staff

(From Page 1) ... puzzled by Bethell's awkward action and it came as no surprise when he snicked a catch to Taylor behind the wicket. His 127, scored in 228 minutes, contained 18 fours. His success as an opener must pose a problem for the Guyana selectors for a fit Camacho cannot be left out of the next game.

When Butcher arrived the tea break was in the offing and the centre of interest now was just how much Guyana would get by the time the interval was taken. The first session to lunch had garnered 143 runs.

BUTCHER ARRIVES

Butcher was at once in good tick and at the break the score stood at 303 for one, 160 coming in the two hours alter lunch.

Brancher, Howard, Holford and Lashley had all had a fling by tea but none of them appeared capable of making a breakthrough. Off-spinner Howard looked the best, getting some turn from the wicket, but the pitch was too slow for his efforts to be effective.

Kanhai's 100, which seemed certain when he first took strike, bad of course been reached by then, and at tea he had 110 to Butcher's 11. Rohan was all elegance and grace and the way he found the gaps in Sobers's well set field was uncanny. His century had taken only 113 minutes and contained 16 fours.

At 117 he got a "life" when Edwards dropped a return catch but other than that he never put a foot wrong. Gripped by cramp, Kanhai was forced to retire with the total at 352 of which his own contribution was 144. He had been batting for 196 minutes and had hit 23 fours.

When Kanhai departed Solomon resumed his interrupted innings but after adding 19 he was run out by a good throw from Edwards with the score at 393. Butcher and new boy Glasgow were together at the close when Guyana had 404 for 2. Butcher had 51, made in 96 minutes with the aid of seven fours, and Glasgow had eight from two boundaries.

Barbados stood up fairly well in the field although here and there a few players appeared a little off-colour especially when fielding in the deep.

NO FLIPPERS

For some inexplicable reason Sobers did not try his back-of-the-hand spin when the heat was on yesterday. Perhaps he will have to do so today for there's still an awful lot of batting yet to come.