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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt December 7, 2014
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa--With pundits
already writing off West Indies chances
against World number one South Africa, assis-
tant coach Stuart Williams has warned the
Caribbean side will not simply roll over and
West Indies languish at number eight in the
Test team rankings and have been given virtually
no chance of winning the three-Test series
which bowls off December 17th in Centurion.
But Williams said the Windies had already
acknowledged the tough nature of their assign-
ment and were ready to make their mark on
"We have come here to compete. Obviously
we have our hands full. It is a tough task playing
against South Africa at home," Williams told
"They are the number one team but we're
not going to come here and lay down. We are
coming to play some positive cricket and we
want to win."
To beat the Proteas, West Indies will also
have to defy the weight of history. Not since
the one-off Test in the Caribbean have they
defeated South Africa in a series. Further, they
have won just one of 12 Tests on South African
soil, losing ten and drawing one.
However, Williams said there was a strong
determination among the group to do well, and
said the presence of experienced former players
like Sir Richie Richardson and Sir Curtly
Ambrose on the management team, would play
a key role on the tour.
"Having Ambi and Richie here... helps the
guys with their self-belief, commitment and
discipline and that sort of stuff," said Williams.
"Our management team and everyone are work-
ing together to make this tour a successful tour."
West Indies have already been setback by
the withdrawal of superstar opener Chris Gayle,
who is one of two players in the squad with
over 100 Tests, and Darren Bravo, who has
emerged as one of the mainstays of the batting
in recent years.
They have been replaced by Devon Smith
who averages an unflattering 24 from 33 Tests
and Assad Fudadin, who played the last of
this three Tests nearly 2-1/2 years ago.
Williams, however, remained positive West
Indies could overcome these challenges.
"When you have a young team missing
Chris Gayle and Bravo it is always going to
be a difficult task but it is an opportunity
for the younger guys to put up their hands
and perform," Williams contended.
"It is fortunate for us that we are coming
out of the first class cricket [in the Caribbean].
Kraigg Brathwaite he got a hundred, Devon
Smith he got a hundred under his belt... (Jer-
maine) Blackwood, (Leon) Johnson, these
guys are young and upcoming batsmen [and
will be looking to do well], and what better
place to come and play than South Africa."
He added: "All in all, things are looking
up. We just want to ease into the tour, ease
into the first three-day game and into the
It was another difficult day for
the T&T Red Force as captain
Vishaul Singh struck an unbeaten
115 to put Guyana in control at the
end of day two in the West Indies
Cricket Board Professional Cricket
League at the Queen s Park Oval,
Resuming the day on 27/1, the
left-handed pair of Singh and Ray-
mon Reifer got together with the
score on 146/4. T&T was probably
hoping to create another batting
collapse. On Friday, the T&T middle
and lower order failed to offer any
resistance as they were dismissed
for 198 after being 169/3.
Unfortunately for T&T, Singh led
the charge ending the day on an
unbeaten 115, which included 16
fours to guide Guyana to a com-
manding 300/5, a lead of 102 runs
on first innings.
When Narsingh Deonarine was
caught by Yannick Ottley off Akeal
Hosein's bowling for 21, Singh and
Reifer started to take the game away
Shortly after the drinks break in
the second session, Singh, who
demonstrated a good balance
between patience and aggression,
picked up his half century with a
delicate cut short for three runs. At
this point Singh had seven fours in
his unbeaten 52 (67 balls). T&T was
in desperate need of a wicket, as
Guyana was closing in on the home
team's first innings score.
Guyana passed T&T's score when
Singh struck a four through mid
wicket using his feet to Imran Khan.
Reifer also punished Khan through
mid wicket with a four of his own.
As a few clouds started to settle
over the oval, the pair continued to
Reifer survived a confident lbw
appeal from Khan, but the left han-
ders took Guyana to tea at 218/4. The
partnership was now 72 with Singh
on 68 and Reifer 27.
About thirty minutes after tea, rain
interrupted play with Guyana 237/4.
After the 15-minute break Singh
and Reifer were watchful. T&T cap-
tain Rayad Emrit even introduced
Lendl Simmons into the bowling
attack, desperately looking for a
The pair continued to battle away
as Barbadian Reifer, the only non
Guyanese player in the team got to
his half century. It was then Singh's
turn to reach a landmark. On 97, the
Guyana captain pushed at a delivery
through the covers picking up three
runs to get to his maiden first class
century. His century came off 160
balls, which included 14 fours.
With the score on 292, left-arm
pacer Daniel St Clair finally got the
breakthrough bowling Reifer for 58
to end the 146-run partnership.
Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo
and Singh successfully saw out the
rest of the day's play with Singh on
115 and Bishoo yet to score. Spinner
Akeal Hosein was the top bowler for
T&T, grabbing 2/52 off 16 overs. Ear-
lier, opening batsman Rajindra Chan-
drika batted well, scoring 60 off 117
Play resumes today at 10 am.
Windies will come out swinging, warns Williams
Captain Singh knocks around
T&T bowlers for unbeaten 115
Nelson Street Boys' RC School celebrates after winning the inaugural 8-A-side Football Tournament at St Paul
Street Recreation Ground on Thursday. Nelson Street received the championship trophy and a $3,000 sport
voucher from Kenny's Sports Centre for their success. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Guyana 1st Innings
T Griffith c N Pooran b R Emrit............8
R Chandrika c Y Ottley b A Hosein60
S Hetmyer b I Khan......................................31
N Deonarine c Y Ottley b A Hosein21
V Singh not out...............................................115
R Reifer b D St Clair ....................................58
D Bishoo not out ................................................0
Still to Bat: C Barnwell, A Bramble+ ,
V Permaul ,R Beaton
Extras 3nb 1lb 3b ................................................7
Total ...........................................................300 for 5
Bowling: M Richards 15-5-41-0, R
Emrit 17-9-28-1, D St Clair 13-3-44-1, I
Khan 21-2-71-1, A Hosein 16-4 -52-2,
J Mohammed 8-0-28-0, Y Ottley 3-
0-3-0, Y Cariah 3-0-15-0, L Simmons
Fall of Wickets: 13, 84, 115, 146, 292
Umpires: Z Bassarath V Smith L
Referee: H Bruce
Jermaine Blackwood bats in the
nets during a training session.
PHOTO COURTESY WICB MEDIA
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