Demerara Lead on First Innings
Bishop (6 for 56) and Khan 5 for 68 Give Creditable Display
A stylish innings of 52 by Charles Paul, and a sterling display with the ball by A. F. R. Bishop were the chief features yesterday when the Inter-County cricket final between Demerara and Berbice was continued on the G.C.C. ground, Bourda. Close of play found the board reading: Demerara 257 and 5 for no wicket; Berbice 189.
As on the opening day, the weather was again ideal for cricket, while the wicket showed an increased tendency to take spin. When the game was resumed, Demerara folded up quickly before Khan, who got the two remaining wickets to end up with five for 68 in an impressive performance.
In reply, the Berbice opening pair of Paul and Adjodha set about the task confidently, and had put on 70 before they were separated. With powerful drives and pulls, and some graceful onside strokes, Paul asserted mastery over the bowling and, though given two chances, played the best innings seen so far for the game.
Milne played a sound but short-lived innings, while an ultra-quiet Moonsawmy was dismissed just when be seemed to be getting into his stride. L. Thomas, however, hit out boldly and, with Moonsawmy, threatened at one-stage to give their side a first innings win.
Chief cause of the debacle was left-arm spinner Aubrey Bishop. who went one step further towards securing a place in the Colony side for the Jamaica visit. Bowling at an accurate length and turning his deliveries sharply, he presented a problem to the batsmen and was never successfully countered.
Right-arm leg-breaker Basdeo bowled a few good balls but found the batsmen in punishing mood, while Wight was far from being hostile. Trim bowled with some pace during a second spell but Rodney, who commanded full respect whilst bowling seven ovens for two runs, was used much too little.
The fielding was very patchy in the early stages, but improved when Demerara gained the initiative.
The match concludes today, play starting at 12.30 p.m. Following are the details :-
|BH Pairaudeau||b Chase||42|
|L Wight||stpd Persaud b Khan||68|
|G Gibbs||b Khan||46|
|RJ Christiani (capt)||c Baijnauth b Khan||8|
|G Camacho||c wk Persaud b Bickrarn||13|
|RA Gibbons||c. wk Persaud b Baijnauth||11|
|J Trim||c and b Baijnauth||37|
|NA Rodney||c Thomas b Khan||7|
|N Wight||c Moonsawrny b Baijnauth||4|
|AFR Bishop||not out||7|
|Fall of wickets: 1-73; 2-147; 3-161; 4-178; 5-182; 6-222; 7-233; 8-243; 9-249|
|C Paul||b Wight||52|
|S Adjodha||b Bishop||33|
|L Milne||c Gibbs b Trim||14|
|S Moonsawmy||c Christiani b Bishop||38|
|L Thomas||c Camacho b Basdeo||29|
|B Bickram||lbw Bishop||3|
|AM Learmond (capt)||c Christiani b Bishop||0|
|G Khan||c Camacho b Wight||9|
|S Baijnauth||c Gibbons b Bishop||3|
|H Persaud||c Rodney b. Bishop||0|
|E Chase||not out||0|
|Fall of wickets: 1-70; 2-91; 3-102; 4-153; 5-163; 6-183; 7-184; 8-187; 9-187|
|L Wight||not out||1|
|BH Pairaudeau||not out||4|
|Total||(for no wkt.)||5|