It was a classic case of “dad, you taught me well” when Tagenarine “Brandon”Chanderpaul out scored his father in an entertaining 190 runs partnership which gave Tiger XI a hard fought victory over Independence Sports Club on Sunday at Joe Vieira Park, West Bank Demerara.
The special T20 match was organized by the executives and members of Independence Sports Club (ISC) to honour the outstanding Guyanese cricketer Shivnarine “Tiger” Chanderpaul. Upon his arrival, the batting great was greeted by scores of fans mainly from La Grange and other parts of West Bank Demerara with a huge and colourful garland and lots of cameras.
When the match got on the way Tiger XI opted to bat in windy but sunny conditions. As Shiv was making his way to the middle to have a bat, the fielding side made a human arch for “Tiger” to walk through. When he got to the crease Tiger XI were 5/1 in the first over with his son, Tagenarine at the non-strikers end on a single. The younger Chanderpaul, who was referred to by the vocal supporters as the “Cub,” then got to work.
The father-son duo of Shivnarine and Tagenarine
TagenarineChanderpaul leaving the field after his innings at the Joe Vieira Park
The outfield was dry and grassless which made fielding very difficult but Tagenarine got value for his powerful shots on the two paced track by clearing the straight boundaries at will. In all, the younger Chanderpaul hit 10 sixes and 11 fours as he carried his bat through the innings to end on 124*. His first 50 runs came at a much more sedate pace and when he got to 50 his dad was 39*. Shiv played the main supporting role by giving Brandon the strike who made full use of the opportunity on a small outfield. When Shiv holed out to long on in the final over for 56 with two towering sixes and four sweetly timed fours Brandon was on 124* and Tiger XI 195/2. The partnership was worth 190 and was worth the spectators braving the midday sun.
Saeed Mohammed joined Brandon with 3 balls in the innings remaining and took the score to 204/2 including a savage pull shot for six that almost disappeared on the public road just off of the Demerara Harbour Bridge. Mahendra Dhanpaul 1/43 from 4 overs and Sheik Bacchus 1/30 from three overs were successful with the ball for ISC.
Some purposeful batting from the home team and ordinary fielding from the visitors saw ISC being restricted to 186/5 from their allotment of 20 overs giving Tiger XI victory in fading light by 18 runs. Independence Sports Club skipper Sarfraz Esau played delightfully for a top score of 62 with 5 sixes and 3 fours and was admirably supported by Dhanpaul 34 and opener Vivian Beckles 31. Brandon returned with the ball to claim two wickets for 39 runs with Vishal Arjune (2/34) and Shiv (1/29) sharing the other wickets that fell.