Berbice takes lead over E’bo in GCB
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - Skipper Bhaskar Yadram struck an unbeaten 99 and Sagar Hetheramani took five wickets, as Demerara took first innings points and placed themselves in a commanding position over President’s XI at the end of the first day of their Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Limacol Under-15 cricket tournament at the Everest Cricket Club ground yesterday.
At the Enmore Community Centre ground, Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company Berbice snatched first innings points from perennial whipping boys Essequibo, who after bowling out the Ancient County side for 97, were dismissed for 72 in their turn at the wicket.
At Camp Road, Yadram struck 12 fours while batting for 150minutes in which he faced 194 deliveries, to lead his side to 198 for 3 from their 38 overs, with Ricardo Mohammed offering support with 43 (3x4, 1x6), after early morning showers push back the start of play by one hour.
Yadram, who faced 104 balls for his half century, added 78 for the third wicket with Mohammed before he was dismissed, as they punished any loose bowling from the opposition, who in reply were bowled out for 60 which was scored off 29.3 overs.
Only Raymond Perez 25 (2x4, 40 balls) and Darshan Persaud 12 offered resistance to the bowling of Hetheramani who ended with 5 for 7 which along with Colin Barlow’s 2 for 8 and Ashmead Nedd 2 for 17, wrecked the President’s XI batting.
Batting a second time, Demerara who had a handsome lead of 138, pushed that to 181 as they reached 43 for 1 at the close of play, with Yadram continuing his impressive showing with the bat, hitting six fours in his unbeaten 23 while Timothy Mc Almont has so far struck two fours in his 9.
Over at Enmore, Adrian Sukwah top scored for GT&T Berbice with 29 and was supported by Matthew Hardial with 23 against the bowling of Bhisham Moses who snatched 4 for13 and Christopher Latchman who supported with 3 for 34.
In reply, Essequibo crumbled for 72 from 37 overs with Latchman and Mark Williams contributing 21 and 11 respectively against the bowling of Joel Seetaram with 4 for 15 and Joshua Harrichand 3 for 23.
Earlier in the day, New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation managers and the Guyana Cricket Board 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, while GCB Secretary Anand Sanasie thanked the sponsors for their commitment and wished the players all the best.