Berbice, Demerara Win
Demerara has taken command of the leader-board after two consecutive victories over the weekend as the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) annual Inter-County 50-over Competition got underway with matches at Georgetown venues.
Demerara sank the President’s XI by 128 runs, yesterday, at the Everest Cricket Club ground to add to their opening victory against Essequibo on Saturday at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground.
Demerara now has eight points ahead of Berbice and President’s XI, who both have four points from two matches; a win and a loss each, while Essequibo is yet to acquire a point after consecutive losses to Demerara and Berbice.
The action continues tomorrow at those same venues with President’s XI going head to head with Essequibo at DCC while Demerara battles Berbice at ECC, both from 09:30 hrs.
Yesterday at Everest, Demerara won the toss and chose to bat first and reached a total of 199 – 7 in their allotted overs then bowled out their opposition for 71 in 30.4 overs.
Demerara got off to an excellent batting start with openers Rajendra Chandrika (63) and Shemroy Barrington (43) putting on a 99-run partnership for the first wicket. Barrington belted three fours in the 80 balls he faced before being caught by Brandon Bess off the bowling of Raj Nahnan.
Chanderpaul Hemraj (28) joined Chandrika and put on a 45-run partnership then Hemraj fell to Bess. Nine runs later Chandrika fell which brought new batsmen Vishaul Singh and Ryan Ramdass to the middle. They never got settled as they both lost their wicket in the space of nine runs, leaving Demerara at 165 – 5.
Zaheer Mohammed rattled up an impressive 25 from 21 balls with two sixes included to push Demerara closer to the 200-run mark as his lower order team mates, Robin Bacchus (4) and Andre Stoll (00) were knocked out quickly.
La Fleur was the pick of the bowlers for the President’s XI as he finished with 2 – 38 from nine overs which included two maidens.
President XI’s reply was poorly put together since their top five batsmen all fell cheaply leaving them at 40 – 5 after 17 overs. Their principal scorer was Devon Clements who was left unbeaten on 27 as no other batsman got into double figures. Extras top scored with 13 alongside Clements.
Paul Wintz finished with 2 – 8 from five overs, Amir Khan bowled 2 – 7 from seven which included three maidens, Hemraj also claimed 2 – 8, Zaheer Mohammed had 2 – 15 from 4.4 overs and Bacchus had 1 – 14.
Over at DCC, it was a nail biting finish as Essequibo batted first and posted 173 – 7 in 50 overs but lost in the final over to Berbice who made 174 – 8 in 49.2 overs.
When Essequibo batted Norwayne (25) and Royston Fredricks (30) got the off to a good start. Top-order scores of 21 from Dillon Heyliger and a blistering 63 from Ricardo Adams pressed them past the 150-run mark.
Adams slammed four fours and five sixes in his 58-ball innings. He had to score quickly while the lower order was dropping.
Clinton Prestiano grabbed 2 – 38 from five overs, Eon Hooper bagged 2 – 29 while Godakesh Motie and Keon Joseph claimed a wicket each.
Essequibo started their defence very strong removing Sewnarine Chattergoon, Richard Ramdeen, Assad Fudadin, Gajanand Singh and Delbert Hicks cheaply leaving Berbice at 38 – 5 at one point. However, Pestiano who had partnerships with Zaheer Khan (14) and Eon Hooper (17) helped Berbice to 144 – 7 before Pestiano fell.
Pestiano’s cool and collected innings of 82 consisted of seven fours and three sixes. Hooper was the eighth wicket to fall which left Motie and Krisendat Ramoo with the task of bringing it home. Needing 14 runs to win from two overs Ramoo played some critical shots and brought it home in ten balls.
One wicket each was claimed by Jason and Dillon Heyliger, Anthony Adams and Herry Greene in the Berbice’s innings with four wickets falling via the run out route.