Wintz Grabs 6 Wkts
Pacer Paul Wintz grabbed six wickets and Tagenarine Chanderpaul slammed an unbeaten half century as Demerara and the President XI recorded victories when the Guyana Cricket Board Senior Inter County 50-over Cricket competition commenced yesterday in Georgetown.
Playing at Everest, Essequibo won the toss and elected to bat, lost opener Norman Federicks who was bowled by Wintz for 2 with the score on 6 in the first over. Wintz then uprooted the stumps of Vijay Surujpaul (5) to leave the score at 13-2.
Dillon Heyliger and opener Royan Federicks carried the total to 60 with a third wicket stand of 47 before leg spinner Amir Khan had Heyliger caught for 12 which came off 44 balls. Royan soon followed for 33 (1×4, 1×6) when he was caught off Khan at 60. Off-spinner Zaheer Mohamed then got into the act by removing Ricardo Adams for 14 (1×4, 1×6) before Wayne Osborne was leg before to Khan without scoring.
Wintz, who ended with 6-26 off 5 overs, mopped up the rest of the batting as Essequibo fell for 92 in 31.1 overs as no other batsman managed to reach double figures. Khan finished with 3-18 off 7 overs.
The home team in reply lost an early wicket when Rajendra Chandreka (0) was trapped in front by Heyliger with the score on 02. Left arm spinner Anthony Adams removed Chanderpaul Hemraj (06) and Shemroy Barrington (10) as the home team slipped to 19-3. Vishal Singh and Travis Dowlin took the score to 31 before Dowlin was caught off Ricardo Adams at short extra cover for 7 as the visitors fought back.
Singh and Joseph Perry added 37 for the fourth wicket stand, but Anthony Adams struck again with the score at 68 when he had Perry leg before for 11. That proved to be the last success for the Essequibians as Singh who ended unbeaten on 26 and Mohamed 11 not out saw them to safety with a 6th wicket partnership of 26 as they finished on 94-5 in 36.4 overs, winning the game by 5 wickets.
At Demerara Cricket Club, the President XI upset defending champions GT&T Berbice by 6 wickets. Berbice won the toss and choose to bat but found themselves in early trouble losing the early wicket of Richard Ramdeen who was caught off pacer Gilford Moore for 01 at 08.
Sewnarine Chattergoon and Assad Fudadin featured in a 27 run 2nd wicket stand before Chattergoon was caught off Brandon Bess for 10. Fudadin was then joined by Gajanand Singh and the pair carried the total to 63 before Fudadin 22 (2×4) had his wood work disturbed by Devon Clements who also trapped Zamal Khan leg before without scoring to leave the score at 63-4.
Berbice then lost a few more quick wickets before Eon Hooper and Delbert Hicks put together 39 for the 7th wicket. Hincks, who hit three fours and two sixes, was eventually caught off Clements for 30, while Hooper soon departed for 12. However, Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai and Keon Joseph added 38 for the last wicket stand before Joseph was stumped off Jitendra Sookdeo for 07 as Berbice were dismissed for 151 in 45.4 overs.
Kanhai was left not out on 31(2×4, 2×6); Clements was the pick of the bowlers with 4-32 off 10 overs, while Eugene La Fleur had 3-27 from 10.
Pacer Keon Joseph then knocked back the stumps of opener Krishna Arjune for 01 as the President XI lost their first wicket at 09 in reply. Former national Under-19 player Essequibian Kevon Boodie joined Tagenarine Chanderpaul and virtually took the game away from the Berbicians with an enterprising second wicket stand of 90; Boodie slammed six fours before he was dismissed for 48.
The President XI then lost Elton Baker who was bowled by Kanhai for 1 and Jitendra Sookdeo caught behind off Joseph for 4 before Chanderpaul with a top score of 59 (4×4, 2×6) not out and Anthony Bramble, who ended with an unbeaten 26 (2×6), took them to safety with an unfinished 5th wicket stand of 46; the President XI closed on 154-5 in 43.4 overs.
Kanhai grabbed 2-27 off 10 overs and Joseph, who was suspended from the attack after delivering two beamers, 2-36 from 7.5 overs.
The competition continues today with Essequibo taking on Berbice at DCC and Demerara facing President XI at Everest.