Demerara Win By Innings

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Spinners Zaheer Mohamed and Amir Khan produced mesmerising spells as Demerara spanked Essequibo by an innings and 54 runs inside three days in the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) senior Inter-County four-day tournament on Saturday at the Enmore Community Centre ground.

Mohamed and Khan exploited the low and slow conditions of the Enmore wicket effectively to finish with 6-11 and 3-48 respectively. Off-spinner Mohamed ended the game with figures of 10-57, while leg-spinner Khan finished with match figures of 8-110.

Face with a mammoth first innings deficit of 164, Essequibo suffered a calamitous final session as they collapsed from 51 without loss to 110 all out off 34.4 overs in their second innings. Only Royan Fredricks with 51 offered any meaningful resistance as the Demerara spin duo made the most of some ill-judged stroke-play and feeble defence. Rajiv Balgobin (16) and Parmesh Parsotam (12) were the other Essequibo batsmen to spend some time at the crease.

Earlier, Demerara piled up 362-8 before declaring their first innings shortly before the tea interval. Resuming on 172-4, Demerara were well poised to take the lead in the first innings as they were only 26 runs short of the visitors’ first innings total of 198.

Continuing from an overnight 48, Christopher Barnwell went on to make 81. His innings included of five boundaries and two sixes. Chris Pattadin (63), who had not opened his account at stumps on day three, ably supported Barnwell, sharing in a 55-run partnership. He then added 87 runs for the seventh wicket with Zaheer Mohamed, who slammed an exquisite 70 with the help of four fours and a six.

Bowling for Essequibo, Anthony Adams picked up 3-105 and Royan Fredricks 2-38, while Hemchand Persaud and Dellon Heyliger claimed a wicket apiece.

Meanwhile, Berbice amassed a formidable 265-6 at stumps on the penultimate day against the President’s XI at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Camp Road. The Berbicians have now amassed an 80-run lead after bowling out the President’s XI for 185 on Friday. The first day was completely washed out without a ball being bowled due to a soggy outfield.

Berbice skipper Sewnarine Chattergoon scored 55 at the top of the order, hitting four boundaries in a second-wicket 108-run partnership with West Indies ‘A’ batsman Assad Fudadin, who made a solid 58 from 162 deliveries.

All-rounder Royston Crandon top-scored for Berbice with an unbeaten 79 and was involved in the team’s second century partnership along with the pugnacious Jonathan Foo, who carved a mature 54. Anthony D’Andrade (0), Rajiv Ivan (1) and Anthony Bramble (2) were the other batsmen dismissed.

Off-spinner Collis Butts, son of the former Guyana and West Indies spinner and current Chairman of Selectors of the West Indies Cricket Board Clyde Butts, was the pick of the President’s XI bowlers snapping up 3-40 from 29 overs with 10 maidens. He was backed up by Robin Bacchus, Romario Shepherd and Steven Sankar who claimed a wicket each.

Play at Everest is scheduled to start at 09:00 hours today, weather permitting.

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) and Hand-in-Hand Insurance have joined forces with the GCB to sponsor the tournament.