Demerara, Essequibo On Top
Half centuries by Vishal Singh and Shaquille Williams and two late wickets by Amir Khan gave Demerara the upper hand against the President’s XI, while Essequibo grabbed first innings points from GT&T Berbice when play on day-3 of the Guyana Cricket Board Senior 4-day Inter County cricket tournament concluded yesterday.
Demerara resumed on their overnight first innings total of 157-5 with Singh on 09 and Zaheer Mohamed who was yet to get off the mark, pacer Brandon Bess made early inroads when he removed Mohamed who was caught behind for 07 and Paul Wintz without scoring to leave the score at 181-7.
Shaquille Williams then joined Singh and featured in an 8th wicket stand of 131 with Singh reaching his well deserved half century just before lunch which came off 196 balls.
The pair continued to frustrate the opposition with sensible batting on a flat DCC pitch after the interval with Williams pulling medium pacer Elton Baker to fine leg for four to bring up his fifty and celebrated by steering the next delivery to the third man boundary.
He then drove him through cover and mid wicket four consecutive fours in his next over before he was put down at first slip off the very next delivery which went for another boundary; his fifty came off 93 balls.
Pacer Seon Daniels got the break through when he trapped Williams leg before for 78 (14×4) at 312. Singh and Kellon Carmichael took their team to tea at 352 with Singh on 79 and Carmichael on 18.
Baker then wrapped up the innings after the break by trapping Carmichael in front for 23 (4×4) and then had Singh caught at mid off for 82 as Demerara made 365 in 132.3 overs.
Singh’s innings contained seven fours and came off 278 deliveries.Daniels was the pick of the bowlers with 4-82, while Bess had 3-48 and Baker 2-16. The President’s XI got off to a good start with Krishna Arjune and the inform Tagenarine Chanderpaul putting together 53 for the first wicket before Amir Khan struck.
He first bowled Chanderpaul for 19 (3×4) and had Arjune caught at the wicket by Joseph Perry for 24 as Demerara slipped to 58-2. Jitendra Sookdeo who is unbeaten on 03 and Steven Latcha 01 saw their team to the close at 62-2. Khan has so far taken 2-9 off 6 overs. Today is the fourth and final day.
Meanwhile, when play finally got underway at the Wales Ground at 12:40hrs, Essequibo commenced their first innings on 123-9 with Mark Gonsalves 10 and Herry Green 03, they took the score to 140 before Gonsalves was bowled by Gudakesh Moti Kanhai for 17; Essequibo all out in the first hour of play.
Green was left not out on 13; Moti bagged 4-34, Eon Hooper 2-23 and Clinton Pestano 2-39. Pacer Mark Tyrell then removed Sewnarine Chattergoon for 04, Gajanand Singh 03 before Kemo Paul had Ramdeen caught behind for 05 as Berbice found themselves in early trouble at 16-3.
Skipper Assad Fudadin (11) was then bowled by Anthony Adams who also removed Anthony D’Andrade (11) at 57-5. Delbert Hincks and Jason Sinclair added 27 for the next wicket before Tyrell accounted for Sinclair for 17 at 84.
Berbice then lost the wickets of Pestano (02), Hicks (29), Hooper (01) and Joseph (00) to be all out for 90 in 47 overs. Tyrell bagged 6-14 while Adams took 2-35, Green 1-3 and Paul 1-10. Essequibo will start their second innings today.