Dem, Ebo On Top
Demerara were in a strong position against GT&T Berbice, while the President’s XI fought back against Essequibo at the close of play on the first day in the third and final round of the Guyana Cricket Board Senior 4-day Inter County tournament which got under way yesterday.
GT&T Berbice took first strike at Everest and were off to a good start with Sewnarine Chattergoon and Richard Ramdeen putting together 37 for the opening stand before the aggressive Ramdeen nicked a delivery from pacer Paul Wintz to wicketkeeper Joseph Perry to be dismissed for 31.
Wintz then had Gajanand Singh leg before for 1 and Chattergoon caught behind for 13 as GT&T Berbice found themselves in trouble at 46-3. Off-spinner Zaheer Mohamed then accounted for Fudadin (3) while Zamal Khan was bowled by Wintz for 4 to leave the score at 58-5. Delbert Hicks and Jason Sinclair then featured in a 6th wicket partnership of 74 with sensible batting on a two paced track.
Mohamed then halted the recovery period by trapping Hicks and Sinclair leg before for 40(3×4, 1×6) and 36(2×4,1×6) respectively at 153-7. Amir Khan then got into the act by removing Clinton Pestano (12), Eon Hooper (6) and Gudakesh Motie Kanhai (5) as GT&T Berbice were bowled out for 168 in 57.3 overs. Keon Joseph was left not out on 3 while Wintz, who bowled with aggression, captured 4-32, Khan picked up 3-28 and Mohamed 3-47.
Demerara in response were 87-1 at stumps with Rajendra Chandrika unbeaten on 46 and Shemroy Barrington not out on 17. Keon Joseph made the break through when he had Robin Bacchus caught by Hooper for 17.
At Wales, the President’s XI won the toss and decided to bat but medium pacer Mark Tyrell ruined their decision when he accounted for Kevon Boodie (0) and Tagenarine Chanderpaul (9) to leave them at 20-2. Elton Baker and Devon Clements then added 35 for the 3rd wicket before Baker was trapped leg before by Anthony Adams for 14.
Clements was then bowled by Royan Federicks for 20 as the President’s XI found themselves in a spot of bother at 64-4. Anthony Bramble and Dexter Solomon put together 37 for the 5th wicket before Vijay Surajpaul accounted for Bramble (36).
Adams then wrapped the rest of the batting by removing Solomon (16), Raj Nanan (8), Steven Latcha (4), La fleur (26) and Seon Daniels (0) as the President’s XI fell for 157 after facing 82 overs. Brandon Bess was left not out on 4 while Adams, who bowled with good control, finished with 7-33. Mark Tyrell, Royan Federicks and Surajpaul took one each.
Essequibo in response lost Norman Federicks, who was bowled by Daniels for 3, as they ended the day on 4-1. Royan Federicks is unbeaten on 1.
Both games continue today.