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Guyana gains edge over Leeward Islands in Carib Beer Series opener

Guyana gains edge over Leeward Islands in Carib Beer Series opener

Guyana enjoyed a strong first day in their Carib Beer Series match against Leeward Islands as the South American nation's squad went 67 without loss, replying to the relatively modest 187 all out made by its opponents.
The Guyana bowlers, led by off spinner and West Indies Test player Narsingh Deonarine (4-24), delivered an admirable effort before openers Sewnarine Chattergoon and Royston Crandon. The home team, batting through the remaining 22 overs in the day, were unbeaten at stumps.
Guyana needs a further 121 runs for first innings honors when play resumes Monday at the Albion Community Centre Ground in the eastern Berbice region.
Winning the toss and taking first strike on a pitch that had some bounce, the Leeward Islands went to lunch on 81 for four, having lost four wickets in a clutter just before the break after openers Maxford Pipe and Codville Rodgers posted 59 for the first wicket.
Pipe and Rodgers played meticulously in occupying the crease for just under 90 minutes, bringing up the Leeward Islands' fifty in 80 minutes before Jeremy Gordon (2-42) initiated the breakthrough in the third over of his second spell. Gordon scattered the stumps of Rodgers, who made (26) including four fours.
The fast bowler then found the edge of Steve Liburd's bat for Azeemul Haniff to pouch a low catch to his left at second slip as the batsman pushed forward.
Leg spinner Mahendra Nagamootoo (2-40) produced a beauty of a delivery that spun across the right-handed Joseph (2), taking the edge on its way to wicketkeeper Darwin Christian and brought the Leeward side slumping to 76 for three.
Nagamootoo, with three wickets in the previous three matches, struck a vital blow on the stroke of the interval, rocking back the woodwork of Pipe for 33, a knock that lasted 75 balls in 117 minutes, decorated with five fours.
It took the Guyana bowlers 24 minutes into the final session to culminate the Leewards' innings with Deonarine picking up the remaining two wickets.