Berbice Beat Ebo, Dem Draw
Leg spinner Amir Khan bagged 5 wickets for 44 but Jeetendra Sookdeo slammed an unbeaten half century to help the President’s XI secured a draw against Demerara who gained first innings honours, while GT&T Berbice rebounded after losing first innings points to beat a spirited Essequibo team by 5 wickets when the second round of the Guyana Cricket Board Senior 4-day Inter County tournament concluded on Friday.
The President XI in reply to Demerara first innings total of 365 began the final day at DCC on of 62-2 with Sookdeo on 03 and Steven Latcha on 01, they progressed to 76 before Latcha was run out for 02. Pacer Paul Wintz then trapped Elton Baker leg before without scoring and Khan sent Anthony Bramble packing for 12 to leave the President’s XI tottering at 98-5. Sookdeo and Eugene La Fleur took them to lunch at 133 with Sookdeo on 39 and La Fleur on 18.
The pair continued to bat beautifully after the break with Sookdeo reaching his fifty off 188 balls. La Fleur was then caught and bowled by Khan for 42 who then accounted for Collis Butts for 01 to leave the score at 165-7.
Kellon Carmichael soon trapped Brandon Bess (01) in front before Zaheer Mohamed removed Seon Daniels (02) at 196 but Gilford Moore (02) and Sookdeo carried their team past the follow on target of 199 before Moore was bowled by Mohamed as the President’s XI fell for 202 in 95.5 overs. Sookdeo ended unbeaten on 70; his innings came off 229 balls and contained seven fours and two sixes. Mohamed 2-26, Carmichael 1-29, Wintz 1-49 supported Khan.
Demerara began their second innings with a lead of 163 and reached 54 with out loss at stumps with Rajendra Chandrika on 29 (3×4) and Robin Bacchus on 13(1×4).
At Wales, GT&T Berbice recovered from their first innings deficit to register a 5 wicket victory over a young but energetic Essequibo side.
Leading by 50 runs Essequibo found themselves in trouble when they started their second innings at the commencement of play on the final day when their skipper Royan Federicks was caught behind off Clinton Pestano for 12 with the score on 16. Keon Joseph then had Norman Federicks caught for 04 at 25 before Wayne Osborne and Ricardo added 19 for the third wicket stand.
Adams was then stumped off Eon Hooper for 15, while Gudakesh Motie Kanhai accounted for Herrell Green (00) as Essequibo slipped to 45-4. Osborne soon departed, caught off Kanhai for 10 before Hooper removed Anthony Adams (01) and Vijay Surajpaul (11) in quick succession to leave Essequibo on 68-7.
They never recovered despite the efforts of Kemo Paul who top scored with 16 and Mark Gonsalves 10 and were bowled out 48 minutes before lunch for 91.
Hooper 4-23 and Kanhai 4-33 were the pick of the bowlers, while Pestano and Joseph supported with 1 each. Set 142 for victory with just over two sessions remaining, GT&T Berbice lost opener Richard Ramdeen who was caught by Ricardo Adams off Kemo Paul for 03 with the score at 11.
Sewnarine Chattergoon and Gajanand Singh saw them to lunch with out further hiccups at 33-1 with Chattergoon who was put down at deep mid wicket when at 07 off Paul on 18 and Singh on 10.
After the break Mark Tyrell, who took six wickets in the first innings, had Singh caught and bowled for 17 at 51. Assad Fudadin joined Chattergoon and added 25 for the 3rd wicket before Fudadin was leg before to Royan Federicks for 10.
Anthony D’Andrade (00) was then run out as Essequibo fought back. Chattergoon and Delbert Hicks put together 36 for the 5th wicket with Chattergoon reaching his half century which came off 104 deliveries by cutting Herry Green through backward point for two. Mark Tyrell, bowling the last over before tea had Chattergoon brilliantly caught at cover by Norman Federicks for 53. His innings included three fours and one six.
After the interval Hicks and Jason Sinclair survived some nervous moments to see their team home as they finished on 142-5 after battling for 48 overs. Hicks ended undefeated on 40 (1×4,1×6) and Sinclair on 09 not out. Tyrell captured two wickets while Paul and Royan Federicks took one each for Essequibo who would have ruined their miss chance of Chattergoon.
The competition continues today with Essequibo playing the President’s XI at Wales and GT&T Berbice facing Demerara at Everest.