Berbice On Top v Demerara

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Former West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo undermined Demerara with a six-wicket haul, as Berbice took control on the opening day in round two of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) senior Inter-County four-day tournament match at Enmore Community Center ground.

On Tuesday, the 28-year-old, Bishoo who followed up his 6-57 against the President’s XI in the first innings, first round game, finished with 6-50, as Demerara, asked to bat first, were bowled out for 161. At stumps, the visitors were 73 for 3, 88 runs adrift of an all-important first innings lead.

Royston Crandon (12) and overnight batsman Krisendatt Ramoo, who is yet to score will resume the innings today. Earlier, pacer Keon Joseph removed both Demerara openers Trevon Griffith and Rajendra Chandrika in quick succession, at 17-2.

But captain Leon Johnson, who topscored with 38, featured in two crucial partnerships. First he shared 51 for the third wicket with former West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan (28), before he was removed by fast bowler Raun Johnson.

Johnson and all-rounder Christopher Barnwell, who made 32, put together 41 for the fourth wicket before the latter was removed by Joseph. Demerara managed to post 115 for four by lunch. But just after the break, Bishoo bowled a mesmerising spell to claim the final six wickets. Joseph weighed in with 3-53, while fellow fast bowler Johnson picked up 1-39.

Berbice then seized further control of the game when opening batsmen Sewnarine Chattergoon (26) and Kandasammy Surujnarine (31) scored fluently to lay a solid foundation. The pair added 58 for the first wicket before both batsmen fell in quick succession to spinners Zaheer Mohamed and Amir Khan. Assad Fudadin was the other batsmen dismissed to off spinner Steven Jacobs. He made three off 45 balls.

Meanwhile, the President’s XI bowlers put on a disciplined performance and picked up wickets at regular intervals to bowl out Essequibo for a paltry 104 in 33.3 overs in the other game at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.

The President’s XI then reached 121 for 4 at stumps with a first innings lead of 17. Vishal Singh and Shaquille Williams are the not out batsmen on 52 and one respectively.

Earlier, it was an another appalling batting display by the Essequibians after being put in by the President’s XI skipper Vishal Singh.

The Essequibo batsmen were visibly uncomfortable against the pace of Andre Stoll (4-34) and Seon Daniels (3-31) and also looked clueless against the spin trio of Shaquille Williams (1-5), Collis Butts and Steven Sankar (2-11). They lost six wickets for a mere 80 runs in the opening session before they were wrapped up within an hour of the post-lunch session.

Kemo Paul (22), Parmesh Parsotam (19) and Kevon Boddie (18) were the only batsmen to put up a fight against the stifling line and length bowling of the President’s XI bowlers, who utilised the conditions well.

The President’s XI started shakily, losing openers Robin Bacchus off the first ball and Dominic Rikhi (0) shortly after.

At 2-2, Singh and Ryan Ramdass negotiated that phase well and as expected Ramdass was the more aggressive of the two. The pair was involved in an even century partnership stand before the former Test batsman, who struck six fours in his 59 off 92 balls, was removed.

After the dismissal of Ramdass, Seon Hetmyer (7) was trapped leg before wicket to Anthony Adams. Singh’s unbeaten workmanlike 52 came off 162 balls. Dillon Heyliger (1-34), Kemo Paul (1-12) and skipper Adams (2-28) are the wicket-takers for Essequibo so far.

Play resumes today at both venues at 09:30h. The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) and Hand-in-Hand Insurance have joined forces with the GCB to sponsor the tournament.