Berbice Remain in Control
A post-tea session batting collapse by Demerara, left Berbice in total control at the end of the second day in their second round Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) senior Inter-County four-day tournament match on Wednesday at the Enmore Community Centre ground.
Spinners Devendra Bishoo and Royston Crandon shared five second innings wickets between them which left Demerara facing an arduous task, as Berbice tightened the screws for an outright victory. The hosts were reduced to 68-6 in their second innings, still 14 runs behind Berbice first innings lead of 82 runs.
With footmarks on the pitch becoming more prominent in the day’s final session, Bishoo exploited the conditions and claimed 3-15 to follow-up with his first innings figures of 6-50. Crandon (2-12) also enjoyed some late afternoon success.
Demerara suffered a stunning top and middle-order batting collapse with only opener Trevon Griffith (40) and skipper Leon Johnson (10), ambling to double figures. Rajendra Chandrika (2), Ramnaresh Sarwan (1), Christopher Barnwell (5) and Steven Jacobs (2) were the other batsmen dismissed. Amir Khan (4*) and Chris Pattadin, who is yet to score, were at the crease when the stumps were drawn.
Earlier, Royston Crandon fell short of a century by five runs when Berbice resumed from an overnight 73-3 to be eventually bowled out just before the tea interval for 243. First class leg-spinner Khan engineered Berbice’s middle and tail-end collapse with a six-wicket haul. He claimed 6-69, while Zaheer Mohamed took 2-46.
The 31–year-old, Crandon and his overnight partner Krisndatt Ramoo, batted through the entire first session and in the process wiped off Demerara’s first innings total of 161. They progressed to lunch at 182-3. Crandon was on 84, while Ramoo, playing the ideal foil, was on 33.
However, the second session was a glaring contrast with Berbice losing seven wickets for only 60 runs. Crandon was the first to be dismissed for 95 (9×4). Following Crandon’s dismissal Jonathan Foo (0), Devon Clements (0), Ramoo (49), Anthony Bramble (15), Bishoo (7) and Raun Johnson (11), fell in quick succession.
Meanwhile, Essequibo were staring down the barrel at stumps on day two in the other game at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.
At stumps, the Essequibians, facing a massive deficit of 193, were 126 for 6 from 35.3 overs, trailing by 63 runs. Opener Royan Fredricks made an aggressive 38 off 40 deliveries; his inning was decorated with six boundaries and a maximum.
Fellow opener Kevon Boodie (0), Dellon Heyliger (6) Etnauth Persaud (12), Anthony Adams (18) and Parmesh Parsotam (23) all fell in the second innings. All-rounder Kemo Paul was unbeaten on 24. Fast bowler Andre Stoll, who was the destroyer-in-chief on the first day, returned to claim 2 for 12 off six overs, while off-spinner Collis Butts grabbed 2 for 14.
The President’s XI, who resumed day two on 121 for 4 were dismissed for 297, half way through the post lunch session, with skipper Vishal “Cheesy” Singh, falling short of a century by 15 runs.
The diminutive Singh, who resumed on 52, led from the front with the bat, fashioned a typically patient 85, while his overnight partner Shaquille Williams and wicket-keeper Jason Sinclair scored fluent half-centuries. Ryan Ramdass also scored a half-century, hitting 59 on the first day.
Both Singh and Williams looked in control right from the start of play with Williams being the more aggressive of the two, hitting eight boundaries in his 52. Singh, on the other hand, who hit an unbeaten century against the Berbice in the second innings of the first round game, played in his usual style, hitting a solitary boundary in his 235-ball knock.
The pair shared an 88-run stand before both were removed by left-arm spinner Anthony Adams (4-90) just before the lunch interval. At the interval, the President’s XI reached 229 for 6, stretching the lead to 125. However, upon resumption Sinclair took his total to an unbeaten 60 from 125 deliveries with three fours and two sixes before the innings ended.
Adams was supported by Keanu Harry (3-49), Dillon Heyliger (2-59) and Kemo Paul (1-12). The action continues today at 9:30h.