Chanderpaul 59 For President’s XI
An inspired President’s XI stunned defending champions GT&T Berbice by six wickets in their opening Guyana Cricket Board Inter-County 50-over encounter at the Demerara Cricket Club ground, Queenstown, yesterday.
GT&T Berbice skipper Assad Fudadin’s decision to bat first backfired as the President’s XI bowlers restricted them to 151 all out from 45.4 overs. An unbeaten 59 from Tagnarine Chanderpaul and aggressive batting from Kevin Boodie then steered the President’s XI to victory at 154-4 with 8.2 overs to spare.
After winning the toss, the defending champions started poorly with dropped national T20 opener Richard Ramdeen being bowled by Gilford Moore for one at 8-1. Fudadin, the West Indies middle-order batsman, joined Sewnarine Chattergoon, but both batsmen struggled to adapt to a slow, low pitch.
During that point, the President’s XI bowlers dried up the runs and with pressure mounting, Chattergoon’s patience ran out and the former West Indies opening batsman was dismissed by Brandon Bess at 35-2. Gajanand Singh and Fudadin then added 29 runs, but the visitors then lost three wickets for two runs as the President’s XI took wickets consistently to build on the early successes.
Delbert Hicks was the only middle-order batsman who looked comfortable, scoring 30, including five boundaries. Gudekash Motie-Kanahai supported at the end of the innings with an unbeaten 31. Devon Clements claimed 4-32 and was supported by Eugene LaFleur (3-26) while there was a wicket apiece for Bess, Jeetendra Sukdeo and Moore.
When the President’s XI started their run chase, they lost former national opening batsman Krishna Arjune cheaply at 9-1. Chanderpaul and Kevin Boodie then blazed their way to a 90-run partnership, with Boodie the more attacking of the two batsmen. His 48 lasted just 62 balls and included seven fours before he was caught on the long on boundary at 99-2.
Chanderpaul kept his cool and became patient in his approach to reach his half-century from 90 deliveries. The defending champions then picked up two quick wickets by removing Elton Baker and Sukdeo and to leave the President’s XI at 108-4. However, Anthony Bramble hit a breezy 26 (2x6s) in a 46-run partnership with Chanderpaul to seal the upset win. Chanderpaul’s innings lasted 129 balls, and included two fours and two sixes.
Keon Joseph and Motie-Kanahai picked up two wickets each.
The tournament continues today with Essequibo playing Berbice at the Demerara Cricket Club, while Demerara and the President’s XI will do battle at Everest.