PCL simulation match… Shiv Chanderpaul, Reifer turn in useful performances

Veteran Shiv Chanderpaul’s unbeaten 34 and a three-wicket haul from left-arm pacer Raymon Reifer highlighted the final day of the three-day simulation match for the Guyana team preparing for the 2015/2016 WICB’s Professional Cricket League (PCL) Four-Day First Class Franchise which ended at Bourda yesterday.

Resuming on 64-3 with Skipper Visual Singh (45) and Keemo Paul (4) Singh’s X1 lost Paul who was run out by the length of pitch in a terrible mix-up with Singh and once the captain was caught off the impressive Reifer, who produced ‘both way’ lateral movement off the seam, wickets tumbled in a heap on track which offered some help for the bowlers.

In Sunny conditions, Steven Jacobs (2) was LBW to medium pacer Chris Barnwell before left-arm Test spinner Veerasammy Permaul, accounted for Anthony Bramble (7); bowled with a ball that did not turn and Kemol Savory, caught at short-leg for a duck. Paul Wintz (6) was then caught behind off left-arm spinner Raj Nanan who bowled with consistency while Reifer had his fellow Bajan Jevon Searles (2) caught at second slip as he edged one that moved away from the right-hander as the innings folded for 124.

When Assad Fudadin’s X1 began their second innings they lost their Captain caught behind off Steven Jacobs, who troubled the batsmen yesterday with some quick turning off breaks. Tagenarine Chanderpaul played in subdued fashion before, in rare showing of aggression, the left-hander clobbered Motie for six over long-on but he generally played with responsibility before an inexplicable swipe, which was skied to mid-on, accounted for his demise.

Tagenarine’s father, 41-year-old Shiv Chanderpaul joined West Indies under-19 batsman Tevin Imlach and after a shaky start showed his son how it should be done by effortlessly flicking Motie way over the square-leg boundary.

The senior Chanderpaul demonstrated the value of 164 Tests and 345 First-Class matches experience, working the ball easily into the gaps while pouncing on every bad delivery as he flicked Anthony Adams to the mid-wicket fence and swept Motie disdainfully for four more.

Imlach (10*) looked a model of defence while showing a delightful repertoire of sound stoke-play. He offered excellent support to Chanderpaul in their unbroken partnership as Fudadin’s X1 reached 76-2 when played ended.

Next week will see more physical training along with ‘nets’ sessions before two three-day practice games are organised next month. The Guyana franchise begins the defence of their PCL title on November 6. The South American side will play their first three matches at home before playing Trinidad & Tobago at the Queen’s Park Oval and Jamaica at Sabina Park in their last two games for the year.

(Taken from Kaieteur News)