On a shortened day and on a sluggish pitch, Essequibo reached 101-3 against Demerara on day one of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) senior Inter-County four-day tournament on Thursday at the Enmore Community Centre ground.
A soggy outfield prevented play until 14:35hrs and only 36 overs were possible in the day’s play.
Sent in to bat, Essequibo openers Royan Fredricks (29) and Kevon Boddie (32) combined to add 56 for the first wicket, but failed to build on the good foundation. Fredricks was removed by leg spinner Amir Khan while off spinner Zaheer Mohamed accounted for Boddie’s wicket.
Khan also removed Ricardo Peters just before stumps to finish the day with figures of 2-24 while Mohamed has so far picked up 1-16. Dellon Heyliger (16) and Kemo Paul (7) were the not out batsmen at the close.
Meanwhile, the wet outfield prevented the start of the Berbice and the President’s XI, game scheduled for the Everest Cricket Club ground.
Even though the sunny weather welcomed the players at the venue, umpires Gyananand Sookdeo and Imran Moakan, along with standby Patrick Garnath, decided that play was impossible following the final inspection at 15:00h.
The tournament was originally scheduled to commence last Thursday. However, consistent rains had left venues waterlogged, leaving the organisers with no alternative, but to reschedule the three-round tournament.
The tournament forms part of Guyana’s preparation for next year’s regional competitions.
This year, the GCB has included a President’s XI, increasing the number of teams to four. The competition is of utmost importance to the GCB since it is being used by the senior selectors to pick the best possible Guyana team.
Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) and Hand-in-Hand Insurance joined forces with the GCB as co-sponsors of the tournament.
Round two is scheduled from December 10 and will see Demerara playing Berbice at the Enmore Cricket Club ground and the President’s XI opposing Essequibo at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.
The final round is fixed from December 15 where Demerara will face President’s XI at the Uitvlugt Community Centre ground and Essequibo will oppose Berbice. That game is tentatively scheduled for the Demerara Cricket Club ground.
Play at both venues is scheduled to start at 09:00h, weather permitting.