By Rajiv Bisnauth
DESPITE the ideal start, head coach of the Guyana Jaguars, Esaun Crandon has urged his side to improve their fielding ahead of round two of the Regional Four-Day Championship against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes from November 18 to 21 at Warner Park.
The defending champions whipped the Jamaica Scorpions by 181 runs in the opening round on Monday at the Guyana National Stadium, but Crandon warned his team that they needed to improve in order to be that competitive force as the tournament progresses.
“Definitely we need to improve our fielding. We put down a few simple chances in the latter part of the second innings, and if we are to be competitive we need to improve in that area.
Crandon added, “It’s an ideal start for us, our batters did well in both innings. They put us in a good position from the start. I think the bowlers did well, especially our spinners, (Veerasammy) Permaul and (Gudakesh) Motie, they bowled well in tandem, but having said that, I think (Eon) Hooper and the pacers (Keon) Joseph and (Raymon) Reifer also bowled well.”
Batting wise, the former Guyana fast bowler urged his batsmen to aim for the three-figure digit.
Four batsmen scored half-centuries, veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul (91), Rajendra Chandrika (86), Vishaul Singh (71) and Leon Johnson (69).
Meanwhile, the senior selectors, led by former Guyana fast bowler, Rayon Griffith, has made one change for the two overseas games.
Hooper, the off-spinner, who went wicket-less in the first round has been replaced by fast bowler Romario Shepherd. Hooper had replaced Devendra Bishoo who was called up for West Indies Tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
On the other hand, Shepherd is yet to play first-class cricket, but represented Guyana in one List A game earlier this year.
The win on Monday was the 18th time the Guyanese have gone undefeated since the 2013/2014 season.
The Guyanese have earned 17.8 points from the opening round. They will move to the Darren Sammy Cricket ground to face the Windward Islands Volcanoes in round three from November 25 to 28 before returning home to challenge Barbados Pride in a day/night encounter and T&T Red Force.
The full squad reads: Rajendra Chandrika, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Shimron Hetmyer, Leon Johnson (captain), Vishaul Singh (vice-captain), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Raymon Reifer, Anthony Bramble, Veerasammy Permaul, Romario Shepherd, Gudakesh Motie, Keon Joseph and Christopher Barnwell.
The officials are Esaun Crandon (coach), Rayon Griffith (assistant coach/manager) and Ernesto Campo Gonzalez (physiotherapist).