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This time around, they were indebted to some incisive fast bowling from Ronsford Beaton who took 3 for 30 and Barnwell’s 2 for 29, to reduce the Rest XI to 194 for 8 from their 50 overs. Skipper Sewnarine Chattergoon led the way with a knock of 74 off (110balls, 9×4, 1×6), while Assad Fudadin made 46.

When the rain which came for the second time-the first being at the interval- and stopped play at 22:40hrs, the National XI were 154 for 5 from 42.1 overs, with Narsingh Deonarine unbeaten on 56 and Royston Crandon, who bowled a tidy spell with his off breaks in tandem with Deonarine, on 22 against Raun Johnson’s 3 for 30.

Fudadin, who was asked to play on the Rest XI for this encounter, as was evident with members of the National XI in all the practice matches, started things with Chattergoon and they added 117 for the first wicket, with Chattergoon hitting boundaries off Beaton’s first and third delivery of the ninth over.

This was after he scored boundaries off the first delivery of the third and eighth over that was bowled by Beaton and Paul Wintz (0-30) respectively, following a sedate start, in which Fudadin looked to assert himself for a big innings.

Chattergoon posted his half century from 79 balls, counting six fours and an uppercut six over third man off Beaton in the ninth over, even as Fudadin got into his stride with a sweetly timed drive through extra cover off Crandon.

Chattergoon was the first to go, caught by Robin Bacchus at backward squareleg off Deonarine (1 for 13) at 117 for 1, which was soon 141 for 4 as the Rest XI lost Fudadin caught at the wicket by Anthony Bramble off Barnwell, along with Rajiv Ivan (01) and Jonathan Foo (01) who were sent back by Beaton and Devendra Bishoo (1 for 34).

Vishal Singh 26 (29balls 3×4)and Rajendra Chandrika 29 (54balls) added 42 for the fifth wicket, after Fudadin, who had 60 scoreless deliveries recorded amongst his 88 balls faced, was caught at the wicket by Bramble off Barnwell, for his 46 which was decorated with five fours.

The demise of both batsmen, Chandrika to Beaton and Singh to Barnwell, saw the Rest XI catapult to their final total , as both Zaheer Mohammed and Shaquille Williams failed to trouble the scorers, even as Amir Khan tried to repeat his heroics from the last game with a run a ball 7 (1×4).

Keon Joseph (1 for 26) give the Rest XI a sound start when he sent back Bacchus via the lbw route for 8 at 24 for 1 in the fifth over, enabling a pugnacious looking Trevon Griffith (28) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (16) to add 41 for the second wicket.

They both got boundaries off Andre Stoll, before Griffith was caught by Ivan at mid on, off the lively Raun Johnson, who also ruffled up Sarwan with his in swingers, hitting the former Guyana and West Indies skipper in the mid section with one such delivery before he nicked one through to Jason Sinclair.

From 65 for 1, the National XI slipped to 80 for 5, losing Griffith, Sarwan, Leon Johnson (01) and Barnwell (07), who was unfortunate to be given out lbw to one that was sliding down the leg side, before Deonarine and Crandon repaired the damage.

The Rest XI had the opportunity to dismiss Deonarine early in his innings, but Chattergoon grassed the opportunity that was offered off Khan at mid-wicket, when the left hander was on 5 at 85 for 5 in the 24th over.

Deonarine said thanks for the chance by sweeping Khan for 4, the first boundary since Griffith got his back to back boundaries off Raun Johnson in the 8th over, a short ball from the lanky Johnson was dispatched with disdain and authority by Deonarine for his fourth four, realising his 50 as well from 78balls.

However, the heavens opened up at 22:40hrs and brought a halt to the proceedings following which the National XI, who were ahead by five runs at that stage, won the contest via the Duckworth/Lewis Method.

The cricketers broke camp yesterday, and will depart Guyana on Tuesday morning for Trinidad and Tobago to do battle in the WICB/NAGICO Super50 tournament out of Group A alongside defending champions Windward Islands, Jamaica and Ireland.

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