FOUR-DAY: Beaton reported again for illegal action; Thorne named replacement
The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has announced that fast bowler Ronsford Beaton was “called by officials for a suspect bowling action” during the first-round match against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional Four-Day tournament.
Beaton took 2-39 from 12 overs on the opening day of the match, which ended with Red Force 215-4. The remaining three days of the game were washed out at the Conaree Sports Club.
The GCB added that West Indies Under-19 pacer Isai Thorne has been named as Beaton’s replacement in the 13-man squad for the second-round clash against Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Warner Park, St. Kitts, from February 14.
Thorne, who recently returned from the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa, has already played First-Class cricket, having represented West Indies Academy against Ireland late last year.
He produced figures of 4-33 and 4-8 on debut as West Indies Academy won by an innings and 134 runs.
Meanwhile, the Beaton’s issues with his bowling action date back to 2017, when he was first reported for a suspect action. Beaton was first reported on December 27 and suspended in May 2018; he was cleared in August 2018.
The 31-year-old was then suspended from bowling in November 2019 after failing an independent assessment of his bowling action, which had been reported as suspect during the Guyana Jaguars’ match against the United States in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup.
He was later cleared in January 2022.
However, in March 2023, he missed the final round of the West Indies Four-Day Championship after being suspended from bowling following reports of a suspected bowling action; he was later cleared to resume bowling in May.
Guyana Harpy Eagles squad: Kevlon Anderson (captain), Matthew Nandu (vice-captain), Veerasammy Permaul, Antony Adams, Kevin Sinclair, Isai Thorne, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Raymond Perez, Ronaldo Alimohamed, Steven Sankar, Kemol Savory (wicketkeeper), Richie Looknauth and Neiland Cadogan.
Management staff: Ryan Hercules (Head Coach), Garvin Nedd (Assistant Coach), Albert Clements (Manager), Ryerson Bhagoo (Analyst) and Angelica Holder (Physiotherapist).