Berbice Number 11 batsman Sylus Tynoall struggle to make his ground as Essequibo wicketkeeper Ianzo Narine (backing camera) dislodged the bails (Rajiv Bisnauth photo)
– Berbice also take first innings honours from Essequibo
By Rajiv Bisnauth
Demerara skipper and opening batsman Bhaskar Yadram and leg-spinner Sagar Hetheramani produced outstanding performances to ensure Demerara secured first innings points against the President’s XI on the opening day on Sunday in this year’s Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) NEW GPC Inc-sponsored Inter-County two-day under-15 tournament at the Everest Cricket Club ground.
In the other encounter played between Essequibo and Berbice at the Enmore Community Centre ground, Berbice also secured first innings points by 25 runs.
Demerara, with a huge first innings lead of 138 runs, reached 43 for 1 batting a second time. Yadram and Timothy McAlmont will resume today on 28 and nine respectively.
Demerara has an overall lead of 181 and is firmly in control of proceedings. Clevon Mc Ewan is the only batsman dismissed in Demerara’s second innings without scoring.
Earlier, Yadram was unbeaten on 99 when Demerara’s first innings came to a close. After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Demerara built on two massive partnerships which eventually took their total to 198 for three when their allotted 38 overs expired.
The composed and fluent Yadram who hit 12 fours in his 104-ball innings, first shared a second wicket stand of 78 with Ronaldo Mohamed (43) and then added 67 runs with Stephan Campbell (19 not out).
Clevon McEwan (3) and Timothy McAlmont (10) were the others batsmen dismissed for Demerara.
Bowling for the President X1, Vickram Talmakund, Richie Lucknauth and Asif Ally claimed a wicket apiece.
When the President’s XI took to the crease, they appeared as if they would have given Demerara a tough fight as Raymond Perez was timing the ball sweetly. However, after he was stumped for 25 in the 11th over, President’s XI fell apart.
Leg spinner Sagar Hetheramani led the destruction with five wickets for seven runs from 7.3 overs. He was supported by Colin Barlow and Ashmeed Nedd with two wickets each.
At Enmore, Berbice won the toss and batted first and were dismissed for 97 in 37 overs. Adrian Suloway (29), Matthew Hardial (23), and Tyrell Peters (19) were the only batsmen to reach double figures.
In the bowling department, Bhisham Moses snatched 4-13 while Christopher Latchman accounted for 3-34.
In Essequibo’s reply, they crumbled for 72 from 35.3 overs with Christopher Latchman and Mark Williams contributing 21 and 11 respectively. The wicket takers for Berbice were Joel Sataram with 4-15 and Joshua Harrichand with 3-23.
Earlier in the day, NEW GPC managers and the GCB executives opened the competition by meeting the two teams at Everest.
NEW GPC Marketing Manager Trevor Bassoo, challenged the players to give their best and be disciplined at the same time.
GCB Secretary Anand Sanasie thanked the sponsors for their commitment and wished the players the best. The two-day competition is being used by the junior selectors to form the Guyana team for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Under-15 competition later this year.