Dem, Pres XI Take Day 2 Honours
Half centuries by Rajendra Chandrika and Shemroy Barrington gave Demerara the upper hand against GT&T Berbice, while Steven Latcha grabbed 5 wickets for 26 runs off 22 overs as the President’s XI gained first innings points from Essequibo when play on the second day of the Guyana Cricket Board Senior 4-day Inter County tournament concluded yesterday.
After bowling out GT&T Berbice for 168 in their first innings, Demerara having lost Robin Bacchus for 17 the previous day resumed on their overnight score of 87-1 with Chandrika on 46 and Barrington on 17, the pair continued to bat sensibly, rotating the strike and dispatching the bad balls when it came along. Chandrika soon brought up his fifty which contained three fours and one six off 133 balls, while Barrington half century came off 100 balls and included three fours.
Berbice finally got he break through when Zamal Khan had Barrington leg before for 64 at 180 after facing 179 deliveries.
Two runs later Gudakesh Motie Kanhai sent back Chandrika in similar fashion, ten short of what would have been a well deserved century. His innings came off 119 balls.
Hooper then trapped Vishal Singh in front for 17 as Demerara went to tea at 207-4 with Chanderpaul Hemraj on 07 and Joseph on 02. After the interval Hemraj was caught off Kanhai without addition, but Zaheer Mohamed joined Perry and added 53 for the 5th wicket before Mohamed was bowled by Hooper for 36(4×4,1×6), while pacer Keon Joseph removed Shaquille Williams for a duck at 274 as Berbice fought back.
Perry who is unbeaten on 31(2×4) and Paul Wintz 02 not out then saw their team to stumps at 286-7 after facing 95 overs in the day’s play; Demerara have a lead of 118 runs. Hooper has so far taken 3-57, Kanhai 3-67, Khan 1-32 and Joseph 1-49.
Essequibo started the day on 4-1 at Wales and were pegged back by purposeful bowling by the President’s XI. They soon lost their skipper Royan Federicks (01) who was bowled by Steven Latcha, he failed to trouble the score. Latcha then accounted for Dillon Heyliger (00) at 24 before Seon Daniels induced Ricardo Adams (01) to nick a delivery to wicket keeper Dexter Solomon to leave Essequibo at 31-4.
Herry Green and the promising Vijay Surajpaul then attempted to repair early damage with a 5th wicket partnership of 31 but Latcha stemmed the revival when he bowled Surajpaul for 05, he then dismissed Grayson Paul (00) with the score at 62.
Essequibo never really recovered, losing the wickets of Green who faced 150 deliveries and hit two fours and one six in a top score of 38, Kenzo Baksh (11), Anthony Adams (14) and Kemo Paul (00) as they were bowled out for 100 in 45.5 overs. Mark Tyrell was left undefeated on zero. Raj Nanan 3-14 and Seon Daniels 2-31 supported Latcha.
The President’s XI with a lead of 57 were 07 without loss off 3.5 overs when rain sent the players off the field at 15:52 hrs. Poor work by the groundsmen who took a lengthy time to get the covers on the pitch forced the umpires to call off play for the day. Chanderpaul is on 01 and Kevon Boodie yet to get off the mark, Extras has so far contributed 06.