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Jamaica face Guyana today

Posted by Dresonic on January 20, 2007

 
Guyana, strengthened by the return from injury of captain and West Indies star batsman
Ramnnaresh Sarwan, as well as the dependable West Indies ‘A’ opener Sewnnarine Chattergoon, take on Jamaica in the third round of the four-day Carib Beer series at Kensington Park starting at 10:00 am today. Both teams – Jamaica in joint second place on nine points after two draws and Guyana in joint third with eight after two rain-ruined no results – had an air of confidence yesterday. “If everything goes according to plan, I am expecting we will be much closer to the lead at the end of this round,” said Jamaica’s chairman of selectors, Ruddy Williams following a lengthy late evening selection meeting.

“If everything goes according to plan, I am expecting we will be much closer to the lead at the end of this round,” said Jamaica’s chairman of selectors, Ruddy Williams following a lengthy late evening selection meeting.

Guyana’s manager, Carl Moore was equally confident during an afternoon practice session at Melbourne Oval. “I think that with the return of Sarwan and Chattergoon we stand a good chance of coming out on top,” said Moore.

The 26-year-old Sarwan, a veteran of 65 Tests, was left out of the West Indies’ short limited overs tour of India – billed as a warm-up for the Cricket World Cup in March and April – and missed the first two rounds of the Carib Beer series, as well as the KFC one dayers, after suffering a foot fracture on the West Indies tour of Pakistan late last year.

Chattergoon also missed the first part of the regional domestic season because of sore shins. He was passed fit by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Medical panelist Dr Akshai Mansingh in Kingston earlier this week.

The return of Sarwan and Chattergoon means the Guyanese in the words of Moore “will be almost at full strength” with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who is in India with the West Indies team, being the missing link from their front line batting. Vice captain Narsingh Deonarine, the experienced Travis Dowlin, Krishna Arjune, Azeemul Haniff, Asad Fudadin and Royston Crandon complete the list of specialist batsmen in the Guyana squad.

Wrist spinner Mahendra Nagamootoo will be seeking to further enhance his considerable reputation against Jamaica’s batsmen with support from young spinners Imran Jafferally and Veerasammy Permaul. Discarded West Indies fastbowler Reon King and the dynamic allrounder Esaun Crandon will most likely share the new ball.

Jamaica’s wicketkeeper/batsman Carlton Baugh Jnr prepares for a net session yesterday. (Photos: Bryan Cummings)

Jamaica have recalled West Indies ‘A’ fast bowler Andrew Richardson, who missed the first two rounds because of a slight back strain. Richardson watched by all the selectors had an extended bowl at the Police Sports Club on Elletson Road yesterday and will undergo a final fitness test before game time today. Should he be fit he will share the new ball with the resurging Jermaine Lawson, who reaped success in the two away games against the Leeward and Windward Islands.

Just in case Richardson fails the test, the teenaged pacer Andre Russell, who made a wicketless debut against the Windwards last week, has been retained as cover. Offspinner Bevon Brown has been left out of the squad, while the right arm wrist spinner Odean Brown is being tipped to get the nod for the final 11 over the left armer Andre Dwyer. The latter, who made his first-class debut against the Leeward Islands two weeks ago, had a lean time in the eastern Caribbean with just two wickets in two games. The left arm finger spinner Nikita Miller seems certain to retain his spot in the 11.

Hinds, Tamar Lambert, Brenton Parchment, Danza Hyatt, Lorenzo Ingram, David Bernard Jr and Carlton Baugh will lead the Jamaica batting.

Jamaica (from) – Wavell Hinds (captain), Tamar Lambert, Brenton Parchment, Lorenzo Ingram, David Bernard Jr, Carlton Baugh Jr, Nikita Miller, Odean Brown, Jamie Trenchfield, Andre Russell, Andrew Richardson, Danza Hyatt, Jermaine Lawson.

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