Guyana hold advantage
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC):
Half-centuries from Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Akshay Homraj propelled hosts Guyana against Leeward Islands on the opening day of their first-round match in the Regional Under-19 Champion-ship yesterday.
Winning the toss and batting first at the National Stadium at Providence, Guyana reached 270 all out in their first innings, with Chanderpaul top-scoring with 65 and Homraj getting 62.
At the close, Leewards were 21 for one, 249 runs adrift of a first-innings lead.
Guyana failed to get a good start, losing Shimron Hetmyer cheaply for five with the score on 20 early in the day. Captain Brian Sattaur scored just 10 before perishing at 42 for two, but Chanderpaul, who opened the batting, kept the top order together with a typically unflappable half-century. He faced 137 balls in 197minutes at the crease and struck eight fours and one six.
The right-handed Homraj, batting at number six, then propped up the lower order with his knock.
Steven Sankar chipped in with an unbeaten 32, while Keemo Paul got 26.
Off-spinner Shaquille Martina picked up five for 86.