T Chanderpaul 50, Demerara On Top
President XI opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul slammed a fine half century against Berbice, while Demerara were in a comfortable position in their match against Essequibo as the Guyana Cricket Board Senior 4-day Inter-County tournament got underway yesterday with two matches.
At DCC, the President XI won the toss and elected to bat. Tagenarine Chanderpaul and fellow opener Krishna Arjune got them off to a bright start adding 80 for the opening stand with solid batting.
Arjune after hitting six fours and two sixes fell one short of a half century when he nicked a delivery from pacer Keon Joseph and was caught by wicketkeeper Jason Sinclair in the 23rd over. Joseph then trapped Kevon Boodie for 04 to make it 86-2. Clinton Pestano soon got into the act when he removed Jitendra Sookdeo without scoring as the President slipped to 91-3.
Chanderpaul and skipper Eugene La Fleur put together 30 for the fourth wicket as they brought up their team’s triple figure in the 37th over in 157 minutes. Chanderpaul soon reached his fifty with consecutive boundaries through backward point before he was caught behind off left arm spinner Gudakesh Motie Kanhai without addition to his score. His half century came off 126 balls and contained five fours and a six.
The president then lost Devon Clements who was caught at the wicket off Eon Hooper for 03 and La Fleur caught off Kanhai for 37 which came off 63 and included six fours. Raj Nanan and Anthony Bramble saw them to tea without further loss at 155.
Upon resumption Nanan was run out for 03 to leave the score on 173. Bramble soon followed caught off Kanhai for 22 before Seon Daniels edged Pestano behind for 04 and Gilford Moore had his stumps knocked over by the same bowler for a duck as President XI were bowled out for 182 in 70.4 overs. Kanhai 3-28, Pestano 3-55 and Joseph 2-37 were the main wicket takers for Berbice who commence their innings today.
At Everest, Essequibo were flawless at the toss and decided to take first strike. Norman (21) and Royan Federicks (07) put together 21 for the opening stand, however medium pacer Kellon Carmichael removed them both in the space of 10 runs to leave the score on 31. Dillon Heyliger and Ricardo Adams took the total to 57 before Adams was caught off Robin Bacchus for 18.
Essequibo then lost a few more wickets including that of Heyliger for 20 (2×4) before Vijay Surujpaul and Anthony Adams featured in the biggest partnership of their team’s innings, 47 for the 8th wicket. Left arm spinner Totaram Bishun then removed Adams for 25 (3×4, 1×6) while Surujpaul went for 40, inclusive of four fours. Carmichael 3-35, Bishun 3-28 and Amir Khan 2-32 were the men mainly responsible for Essequibo being bowled for 167 in 48.3 overs.
Demerara were off to a bright start with Robin Bacchus and Shemroy Barrington putting together 66 for the first wicket. Bacchus who stroked six fours was the first to go when he trapped in front by off spinner Royan Federicks for 35. Rajendra Chandreka joined Barrington and took the score to 78 before Chandreka was leg before to Anthony Adams for 28(3×4) who also trapped Barrington for 19 (1×4) at 97. Chanderpaul Hemraj (06*) and Vishal Singh (03*) safely negotiated the closing overs as Demerara ended the day on 103-3 in 41 overs.
The competition continues today.