Rain runs things on first day at Everest
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - Consistent overnight and early morning rain, prevented any play on the first day of the first round in this year’s Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)-organised, GTM-sponsored three-day Under-19 tournament between GT&T Berbice and the President’s XI at the Everest Cricket Club ground.
However, across at the Wales Community Centre ground, perennial whipping boys Essequibo won the toss and asked Demerara to take first strike when play got under way at 15:05hrs, restricting them to 36 for 3 one hour later, when the heavens opened up again.
Members of GT&T Berbice and President’s XI turned up at the Camp Road-based Everest Cricket Club ground for action, but were met by covers on the pitches while there was water lodged in some areas of the outfield at Everest, with grey skies hovering overhead.
But while there was no play on the field, GCB president Dru Bahadur met both teams and offered words of comfort to them on behalf of the GCB and its longest-serving sponsor, Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Fire and Life Insurance Company (GTM).
“We at the GCB are extremely pleased to be having this tournament once again, doing so with the kind compliments of GTM who has been behind the GCB for the past 36 years. I know that the rain may have prevented play from occurring today, but that should not deter you from going out there and giving of your best, when the competition gets under way” stated Bahadur.
He heaped praise on GTM for their continued support to the tournament, a strong testament of their motto ‘Strong, Solid and Reliable’, while reminding the players that the relationship shared between the GCB and GTM is the longest for the cricketing fraternity in the Caribbean.
Bahadur, along with Chairman of the GCB’s Junior Selection Committee Nazimul Drepaul, later took a photo opportunity with both teams, namely the Shawn Pereira-led GT&T Berbice and the President’s XI, who are being led by Akshya Persaud.
At Wales, Demerara lost Brian Sattaur (2), Andrew Gibson (11) and Chandrika Persaud for 15, to be 36 for 3, thanks to some incisive fast bowling from Essequibo’s speedster and vice-captain Kemo Paul, who has so far taken 2 for 19.
Weather permitting, play in both contests is expected to start at 10:00hrs on the second day today.