As the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draws closer, Guyana Times will help to get you familiarised with the players on the Guyana Amazon Warriors squad. During the coming days we will be featuring members of the squad, sharing with you their profiles and achievements.
Today we continue with our titbits, and the players in focus are all-rounders Narsingh Deonarine and Christopher Barnwell and left-arm spinner, Veerasammy Permaul.
Name: Narsingh Deonarine
Style: Left-handed batsman, right-arm off-spinner
After a productive stint at the youth level which saw him represent the West Indies Under-19 team three years, Narsingh Deonarine burst on to senior regional cricket in 1999 and has since been a consistent performer with bat and ball for Guyana.
The left-handed, middle-order batsman and right-arm off-spinner, who shares a birthday (August 16) with fellow countryman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, achieved stardom in 2006 when a brilliant slog sweep for six off leg-spinner Samuel Badree handed Guyana the Stanford 20/20 title against Trinidad and Tobago.
The Albion cricketer also created history in 2008, becoming the first batsman to score over 1000 runs in a single First-Class season. He racked up 1068 runs.
As a T20 player, the 29-year-old Deonarine is an asset to any team, as apart from “milking” the bowling, he is also capable of upping the tempo when needed.
His tidy off-spin also makes him a versatile player, who can be called upon to stem the tide of runs in the middle overs.
His experience is without question, as he has chalked up 5846 runs with nine centuries and 38 fifties in 105 First-Class matches, while he has appeared in 25 ODIs and 14 Test matches with a total of eight half-centuries.
Bowling wise, Deonarine has captured 124 First-Class wickets, and 19 each in Test and T20 cricket.
Name: Christopher Dion Barnwell
Style: Right-handed batsman, right-arm medium-pacer
When it comes to all-rounders in T20 cricket, Christopher Dion Barnwell is arguably Guyana’s top player, being a regular name in the runs and wickets columns.
The flambouyant right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-pacer is Guyana’s leading runscorer in domestic T20 cricket, with 607 runs from 38 games and 18 wickets at an economy rate of 7.19.
Always a fierce hitter of the cricket ball, Barnwell earlier this year blasted a match-winning 88 from 49 balls against Jamaica to set up the unlikiest of victories, after a thunderous Chris Gayle hundred.
That innings caught the eyes of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise which bought the Demerara Cricket Club player for US$50,000 ahead of the Indian Premier League 2013.
Though he did not play a game, Barnwell said the experience has served him well, and he is eagerly looking forward to use that to maximum effect during the upcoming Limacol Caribbean Premier League.
The 26-year-old, who has also played five T20Is, will no doubt be a vital cog in the wheel of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, and once he gets going- whether it’s with the bat, ball or diving in the field- fans are sure to get their money’s worth.
Name: Veerasammy Permaul
Style: Right-handed batsman, left-arm spinner
The Limacol Caribbean Premier League provides an ideal opportunity for Veerasammy Permaul to make amends for his ordinary performance in this year’s Caribbean T20.
In what was a poor showing by his standard, the 23-year-old left-arm spinner, fondly called “Gunners” by his teammates, was dispatched to all parts of the outfield, especially by Chris Gayle, who packed 28 runs in a single over during his onslaught against Guyana.
Usually an effective and accurate left-armer and capable lower-order batsman, Permaul has found success in the longer version, having captured 194 wickets from 54 First-Class matches, but can still hold his own in T20 cricket.
A product of the Sagicor High Performance Centre, Permaul would be looking to make an impact in the Limacol CPL and prove to the fans and batsmen alike that his performance earlier this year was nothing more than a patch of poor form.
Unlike previous years, Permaul will not have spin partner Devendra Bishoo at the other end, and that is challenge that could yet bring out the best in the Albion-born cricketer.
Having been thrusted in the role of captain for the West Indies A team, Permaul will bring another dimension of the Guyana Amazon Warriors set-up, and there is no doubt skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan can always call on him to offer leadership assistance whenever the need arises.