September 1, 2014

Tagenarine shines in England

By Avenash Ramzan

Tagenarine Chanderpaul is enjoying a productive stint in England

Tagenarine Chanderpaul is enjoying a productive stint in England

National First-Class opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul is making hay while the sun shines in England, racking up the runs for Stainsby Hall Cricket Club.

The 17-year-old son of West Indies batting legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul is the club’s leading runscorer by quite a distance this season, packing an impressive 432 runs from seven innings.

In seven limited over (40 and 50-over) games in his first stint on the English circuit, the left-handed Tagenarine has stroked two centuries and a similar number of fifties at an impressive average of 86.4.

The next highest runscorer for Stainsby Hall Cricket Club is Tom Wood, a distance away on 216 runs, but his runs have come from just four games.

Tagenarine made his first substantial score for the club on April 14, hitting a solid 75 against Heanor Town CC. That knock along with bowling figures of 1-15 from six overs helped Stainsby Hall Cricket Club to a 33-run win.

On April 20, Tagenarine continued his fine form with a patient 78 against Duffield CC, but could not inspire victory as his team lost by eight wickets.

A day later, the teenager topscored for Stainsby Hall Cricket Club, stroking 40 in a low-scoring affair against Nottingham Badshahs CC, which his team won by 25 runs.

On April 28, Tagenarine notched up his first century of the season, an even-hundred against Notts and Arnold Amateur CC in a match that was abandoned due to bad weather, while century number two came on Monday last against Thoresby Colliery CC.

The unbeaten 105 from 86 balls on Monday inspired Stainsby Hall Cricket Club to an easy eight-wicket win.

Young Tagenarine, who earlier this year made his First-Class debut against the Leeward Islands in Antigua, is on his maiden stint in England.

He earned the national call-up after a string of consistent performances in the Guyana Cricket Board’s Inter-county one-day and four-day tournaments.

In the one-day version, the left-handed opener made the only century and a fifty, and also topped the batting charts with 170 runs in three innings at a phenomenal average of 170. In the four-day Inter-county, Tagenarine had scores of 52, three, 18, nine and one not out.

During the regional four-day competition in March, Shivnarine and Tagenarine created history by becoming only the second father/son pair to appear in a First-Class match in the Caribbean.

In September 1948, Lebrun Constantine made his final appearance in an important match for Trinidad and Tobago against Barbados in British Guiana at the age of 48 playing alongside his son Learie Constantine, who had just turned 21.

After four First-Class games, young Chanderpaul has ammased 176 runs with a highest score of 42.

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