County LO Round 2
Demerara and Berbice recorded victories as play in the second round of the Guyana Cricket Board senior inter county 50 over competition concluded yesterday.
At Everest, Demerara won the toss and elected to bat, openers Shemroy Barrington and Rajendra Chandreka justified their team’s decision by posting 92 for the opening stand. The pair batted sensibly picking up singles at will and effortlessly dispatched the bad balls to the boundary. Barrington was the first to go when he attempted to hit Raj Nanan out of the ground but was taken on the long off boundary for 43(3×4) which came off 80 balls.
Chanderpaul Hemraj joined Chandreka and took the score to 144 but Hemraj was needlessly run out for 28 (39 balls, 4×4) attempting a second run. Chandreka soon followed, caught off pacer Brandon Bess for a well played 63 which contained two sixes and a similar number of fours.
Demerara then lost Vishal Singh (04), Robin Bacchus (04), Ryan Ramdass (10) and Andre Stoll (00) in quick succession but Zaheer Mohamed with 25 (2×6) not out and Joseph Perry, who ended unbeaten on 03, saw them to 199-7 off 50 overs. Eugene La Fleur was the pick of the bowlers for the President XI with 2-38 while Bess, Nanan and Stephen Latcha had one each.
The President XI in reply lost Tagenarine Chanderpaul for 08, caught behind off Paul Wintz with the score at 12. Kevon Boodie was then run out without scoring before Elton Baker attempted a wild swipe at Paul Wintz, had his furniture disturbed to leave the score on 22-3 in the 8th over.
Leg spinner Amir Khan then removed Anthony Bramble (04) and opener Krishna Arjune who labored for 39 balls in scoring 9 as the President XI found themselves in trouble at 40-5 in the 13th over. Skipper La Fleur (00) soon departed when he was bowled off the inside edge off Robin Bacchus.
The President XI never recovered and were routed for 71 in 30.4 overs. Zaheer Mohamed 2-15, Khan 2-7, Wintz -2-8, Chanderpaul Hemraj 2-8 and Bacchus 1-14 were the men responsible for the damage as Demerara won the game by 128 runs.
At Demerara Cricket Club ground, Berbice scraped past Essequibo by 3 wickets in the final over. Berbice won the toss and inserted Essequibo to bat after the game was reduced to 30 due to seepage on the pitch caused by the poor covers used.
Norman Federicks and Royan Federicks posted 34 for the opening stand before Norman was caught off Clinton Pestano for 25 (4×4) which came off 30 balls. Dillon Heyliger then joined Royan and took the score to 70 before Heyliger was bowled by Gudakesh Motie Kanhai for 21(1×4, 1×6).
Eon Hooper then trapped Royan leg before one run later to leave the score at 89-3 in 20 overs. However national Under-19 player Ricardo Adams, despite losing his partners Jason Heyliger (8), Anthony Adams (8) and Wayne Osborne run out for 1, ensured Essequibo reached a respectable 173-7 off their allotted overs with a breathtaking display of power hitting. He slammed four fours and five huge sixes in a top score of 63 which lasted for 35 deliveries.
Pestano and Eon Hooper grabbed 2 wickets each for 38 and 29 runs off 5 and 6 overs respectively, while there was one each for Keon Joseph and Gudakesh Moti Kanhai.
Opener Sewnarine Chattergoon started his team reply in positive fashion hitting pacer Dillon Heyliger for a four and a six in the first over but the bowler rebound to up root his stumps in the said over with the score on 10. Fellow opener Richard Ramdeen was then run out in the 5th over for 07 at 22.
Eight runs later Fudadin was caught off Jason Heyliger for 05 in the 7th over and without addition to the score Gajanand Singh was trapped in front by Anthony Adams in the next over for 04 as Berbice found themselves in trouble. They then lost Delbert Hincks who was caught off left arm spinner Herry Green for 05 at 38 in the 12th over as an Essequibo seemed likely.
However, Pestano and Zamal Khan then staged a recovery as they took the score to 79 with sensible before Khan was run out for 14. Pestano then took the attack to the opposition, hitting Dillon Heyliger through cover point for four and followed that by smashing Anthony Adams for a maximum over long on.
He brought up his fifty off 44 balls with a six off spinner Royan Federicks and celebrated by smashing Ricardo Adams for another, six and Anthony through point for four before he was run out for 82 (3×4,7×6,58balls) at 144. A brilliant piece of fielding by Ricardo Adams who hit the stumps from square leg accounted for Eon Hooper for 17 (1×6) with the score on 159 as Essequibo fought back.
With 14 needed from 12 balls Kanhai and Krishendat Ramoo gathered 9 from the penultimate over. The final over was bowled by Dillon Heyliger and with Berbice needing 5 for victory he delivered the first ball for wide. Hooper then took a double off the next and glided the third to the fine leg boundary to seal the issued for his team as they finished on 176-8 in 29.3 overs. Anthony, Dillon, Jason and Green picked up 1 each for Essequibo.
The competition continues tomorrow with Demerara facing Berbice at Everest and Essequibo playing the President XI at DCC.