4-Day County Second Round
Demerara, who defeated Essequibo in three days at Everest, will take on the President’s XI at the same venue when the second round of the Guyana Cricket Board senior 4-day inter-county tournament gets going today. Berbice, fresh from an innings victory over the President’s XI will face Essequibo at Wales.
Demerara Pacer Paul Wintz, who was rested in the first round, is expected to return for this fixture and share the new ball with Andre Stoll. Their spin bowling trio of Amir Khan, Zaheer Mohamed and Totaram Bishun are more than capable of destroying any batting line up at this level and with back up from Robin Bacchus, who bowls medium pace, the President’s XI batsmen will have to be watchful to get big scores on the board.
Bacchus appeared to have cemented his place at the top of the order after registering a half century in the previous game, while fellow opener Shemroy Barrington needs to concentrate harder since he was guilty of throwing his wicket away on a few occasions after getting starts. Rajendra Chandreka, Vishal Singh, Chanderpaul Hemraj and all-rounder Troy Gonsalves are capable batsmen and will no doubt want to put their names on the national selectors list.
Anthony Bramble and Tagenarine Chanderpaul lead the President’s XI batting but will need more support from their team mates. Krishna Arjune, Kevon Boodie and Eugene La Fleur need to put a bigger prize on their wickets. Gilford Moore will once again partner Brandon Bess with the new ball, while Devon Clements, Raj Nanan and Collins Butts will take care of the spin department.
GT&T Berbice, whose batsmen are improving, are favourites when they face Essequibo at Wales. Sewnarine Chattergoon who scored a century against the President’s XI will look to continue his fine form. He will be supported by Gajanand Singh, Richard Ramdeen and Assad Fudadin. The improving Keon Joseph who bowled with pace in the first round and Clinton Pestano spearhead the bowling attack with support from Gudakesh Motie Kanhai, Fudadin and Eon Hooper.
However the composition of the team will be interesting since the likes of Shawn Perreira, Zamal Khan, Shemroy Hetemeyer and Krishendat Ramoo are still awaiting their chance.
Essequibo will have to improve to show resistance. They can depend on openers, the Federicks brothers Norman and Royan for a good start, while Dillon Heyliger and Vijay Surajpaul registered half centuries against Demerara. Ricardo Adams, who scored two half centuries in the 50-overs competition, needs to continue getting runs and Wayne Osborne would have to come good for their team to get big totals.
Anthony Adams and Herry Green are consistent bowers who also bowl with variation and good control. It will be interesting to see if medium pacer Roopesh Motilall retain his spot ahead of Grayson Paul and Mark Tyrell.