Warriors Edge Guyana Select Team
The Guyana Amazon Warriors maintained a decent bowling effort throughout to edge a Guyana Select Team by five runs on Saturday in the first of two practice games at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
Chasing a target of 137 on an unpredictable wicket, the eventual losers failed to settle down against a disciplined bowling line-up, falling short at 131-6 from their 20 overs. Andrew Lyght Jr top scored with 37 and Shemroy Barrington (17) added 46 for the first wicket.
However, apart from the duo, Anthony Bramble (32), Ricardo Adams (15) and Chris Pattadin (10*) were the other batsmen with any meaningful contributions. Fast bowler Ronsford Beaton claimed 2-34 to be the most penetrative bowler for the Warriors. Navin Stewart, Robin Bacchus and Akshaya Persaud all snapped up a wicket apiece.
Batting first, the Warriors put up a fighting score of 136-7, riding on important contributions from Shimron Hetmeyer (37) and Trinidadian Stewart (32). The Warriors openers Trevon Griffith and Hetmeyer, who is part of the preparatory camp and one of six Under-19 players, gave a flying start to the innings, getting 39 off the first four overs.
However, the introduction of left-arm spinner Ricardo Adams in the fifth over saw the demise of Griffith for 18. Newcomer Robin Bacchus and Hetmeyer featured in a 38-run second wicket partnership to take the game away from their opponents somewhat, before the latter was removed by Adams (2-20), to be the most penetrative bowler for the Guyana Select Team.
Bacchus also contributed 18 runs to the total, but Steven Jacobs (03), Chanderpaul Hemraj (09) and Veerasammy Permaul (05) all failed to make an impact. Keon Joseph (2-36), Raun Johnson (1-30), Amir Khan (1-15) and Shemroy Barrington (1-6) were the other successful bowlers.
The game is the first of two and is part of the Warriors preparations for this year’s Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 Tournament, beginning from July 11.
New Zealander Martin Guptill and Guyanese Leon Johnson were not part of the Warriors line-up on Saturday. However, both players will feature in today’s second game.
The final practice game will commence at 14:00h this afternoon and admission to the National Stadium is free. Meanwhile, manager Omar Khan confirmed last evening that Pakistan Mohammad Hafeez will arrive this evening and will join the team on Monday.