IN contrast to their victory in the first practice match at the Everest Cricket Club last Friday, the Christopher Barnwell-led National team spared no prisoners yesterday, when they blitzed the Rest XI by 150 runs in the second practice fixture at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.
Batting first on a track that was conducive for batting, the National team who are presently preparing for the West Indies Cricket Board/NAGICO Super50 tournament in Trinidad and Tobago, scored 230 for 7 from their allotted 42 overs.
West Indies ‘A’ middle order batsman Assad Fudadin led their batting with 70 (111 balls, 2×4, 2×6) while Barnwell continued to display his pugnacious attitude, taking 16 balls to aggregate his 42 that was decorated with four fours and three sixes.
Dependable Guyana and West Indies middle order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul also contributed 41 (43 balls 1×4) and Leon Johnson 28 (41 balls, 3×4) to his team’s total, against the bowling of Keon Joseph 3 for 46 and Andre Stoll’s 2 for 27.
In reply, the rest XI found the bowling of Paul Wintz (3 for 14) along with Devendra Bishoo, Royston Crandon and Ronsford Beaton who took two wickets each for 12, 16 and 17 runs respectively, too much to handle and folded for a meagre 80 from 25 overs, with only Rajiv Ivan’s unbeaten 47 (58 balls, 6×4) and Robin Bacchus, 10, managing to reach double figures.
While the entire squad will visit the Gandhi Youth Organisation ground today for a concrete pitch session, they will return to the GCC ground on Friday for the third practice fixture, with two more matches being set for the Guyana National Stadium next week under lights.