Christopher Barnwell and Andre Stoll with an impressive century and spell of quick bowling respectively were the highlights of the second day of the three-day practice match involving the Guyana Under-19 team at the Everest Cricket Club (ECC Ground) yesterday.
The Rest XI who resumed day two on 165 for 4, with not-out batsmen Barnwell and Carmichael, quickly took the initiative away from the under-19 side.
Barnwell who recently made his international debut for the West Indies, certainly showed that he was levels above the current under-19 side, with a commanding innings of 106, while Carmichael supported with a composed 49 not out.
The Rest XI eventually declared on 285 for 7 just before tea, giving the Under-19 a session and a bit to bat.
But former Under-19 left-arm pacer Stoll was in no mood to give the Under-19s easy batting practice as he accounted for opener Kandasammy Surujnarine and number three batsman Dominic Rikki in his first over, to leave the Under-19 side in early strife on 6 for 2.
Essequibo opener Kevon Boodie and star batsman Chanderpaul Hemraj went about rebuilding the innings with a composed 92-run third-wicket partnership, before Hemraj was out driving loosely at left-arm wrist spinner Totaram Bishun and was caught at backward point for 40.
The Under 19s eventually finished the day on 139 for 5 with Boodie holding the innings together with a well-accomplished 71 thus far. Stoll thus far has been the pick of the Rest XI bowlers with 3 wickets and will be looking to complete his five wicket haul when play resumes today.