Essequibo make meal of run chase to fall by 31 runs to President’s XI

Guyana Times article.

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - Essequibo squandered an ideal opportunity to secure a win when they made a complete mess of a run chase to slide to a 31-run defeat to the President’s XI on Wednesday at the Everest Cricket Club ground.

In the opening round of the Guyana Cricket Board/Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Fire and Life Insurance-sponsored (GTM) Inter-County Under-19 competition, the Essequibians were hunting 151 for victory after their bowlers destroyed a ragged President’s XI.

Essequibo then crashed from 104-6 in the 24th over to 119 all out in 26.5 overs.

A seventh wicket partnership of 36 runs between Rajiv Balgobin (28) and Andy Dass (23), gave the Essequibo team some hope after they were reduced to 68-6 in 17.2 overs.

However, once that partnership was broken at 104, Essequibo’s innings folded swiftly as the final four wickets fell for 15 runs.

Left-arm spinner Mark Hamilton snared 4-31, while there were two wickets apiece for Vishal Narayan and Man of the Match, Garfield De Roche bowling for the President’s XI.

Earlier, Anthony Bhupdeo and Ryan Shun helped the President’s XI make a reasonable start after they were asked to bat first.

The pair put on an opening stand of 59 runs in 20 overs, a solid platform which they could have used to accumulate an imposing total. Both batsmen were subdued, collecting the occasional boundary and rotating the strike slowly.

With the President’s XI scoring at a sluggish three runs an over, Essequibo were desperate for a breakthrough and that came in the 21st over by Julio Jones.

The off-spinner removed Bhupdeo (10) and number three batsman Shivnarine Srikishen (0), in the space of two balls. The wickets were welcome relief for Essequibo but it only got better as the President’s XI lost their last eight wickets for just 90 runs.

Their misery was masterminded by Jones, who, finished with figures of four for 26 off his 10 overs.

Shun top scored with 44 (5×4, 1×6) while Garfield De Roche made a 22-ball 29. The other batsmen to reach double figures were Avishkar Sewkaran (18) and Martin Bell (13).

Left arm-spinner Ricardo Adams chipped in with 2-30 while Andy Dass, Herry Green and Rajiv Balgobin had figures of 1-7, 1-24 and 1-27 respectively.

Meanwhile, Berbice defeated Demerara by 101 runs in the other game which was played at the Albion Community Centre ground.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Berbice managed 227 for five in their 50 overs.

Romario Shepherd- DeJonge top scored with 89. He received support from Sharaz Ramcharran, 58 not out, Parmanand Narine, 14, David Latchaya, 26, and Devin Baldeo, 16.

In reply, Demerara were bowled out for 126 in 46 overs. Kamesh Yadram topscored with 40 while the other chief contributor was Kemol Savory with 25.

Bowling for Berbice, Shailendra Shameer was the best bowler with figures of 4-30. Derek Narine, Kevon Jawahir and Romario Shepherd- DeJonge had figures of 2-21, 2-5, and 1-19 respectively.

Round two will be played today with Berbice facing the President’s XI at the Demerara Cricket Club ground and Essequibo playing Demerara at the Everest Cricket Club ground.

The third and final round is scheduled for Saturday with the President’s XI opposing Demerara at the Wales Community Centre ground and Berbice facing Essequibo at a venue to be announced shortly.

The two top teams will meet in the final on Monday, also at a venue to be announced shortly.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 02:58