Demerara Takes Charge
Demerara were comfortably placed at 172 for 4 in 46 overs after bundling out Essequibo for a meagre 198 just after lunch on day two of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) senior Inter-County four-day tournament on Friday at the Enmore Community Centre ground.
The hosts, riding on leg spinner Amir Khan’s five-wicket haul, closed the day with a first innings deficit of 26 runs. Khan finished with 5-62 and was supported by off-spinner Zaheer Mohamed’s 4-46, as the visitors lost their last six wickets for 76 runs.
Following openers Royan Fredricks and Kevon Boddie, and Ricardo Peters dismissals on the rain-affected first day on Thursday, overnight batsmen Dellon Heyliger (16) and Kemo Paul (7) took their respective scores to 27 and 19, before both were removed in quick succession by Khan and medium fast bowler Trevon Garraway.
Parmesh Parsotam, 39 not out, and Rovindra Parsaram, 28, were the other two batsmen to put up a semblance of fight against the stifling line and length of the Demerara spinners, who utilised the conditions well.
Demerara, in their reply, lost Trevon Griffith (11), Rajendra Chandrika (22) and Leon Johnson (40, 5×4) before the Tea at 81-3.
Upon resumption, play was suspended for a short period due to rain. However former West Indies captain, Ramnaresh Sarwan, and Christopher Barnwell took control of the proceedings before Sarwan was dismissed via the run out route for 42 (4×4).
Christopher Barnwell will resume today on 48 (4×4, 2×6) with Chris Pattadin, who is yet to score. Dellon Heyliger, Anthony Adams and Hemchand Persaud have so far picked up a wicket apiece.
Meanwhile, discarded West Indies leg spinner Devendra Bishoo exploited the low and slow conditions of the Everest wicket effectively to bundle out the President’s X1 for 185 in 72.4 overs on yet another rain-affected day. The first day was completely washed out without a ball being bowled due to a soggy outfield.
Bishoo grab 6 for 57 in 26.4 overs, but not before Vishal Singh made a patient 55 off 169 balls, which include three boundaries in the backbone of his team’s innings.
Earlier, the opening pair of Robin Bacchus (24) and former Test batsman Ryan Ramdass (24), Jason Sinclair (19) and Kellon Carmichael (15) were the other batsmen to reach double figures. Bishoo was supported by fast bowler Raun Johnson with two wickets while Royston Crandon picked up one wicket.
On the other hand, play at both venues is scheduled to start at 09:00h today, weather permitting. Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) and Hand-in-Hand Insurance joined forces with the GCB as co-sponsors of the tournament.