Sewkarran’s hundred hoists President’s XI

Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - Avishkar Sewkarran scored a sparkling century as the President’s X1 dominated the opening day against Essequibo in the second round of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Inter-County three-day tournament on Monday.

The middle-order displayed remarkable application after the President’s X1 lost two early wickets.

At stumps at the Demerara Cricket Club ground, Essequibo were nine without loss, replying to the President’s X1 first innings total of 332.

Ricardo Peters and Avenash Persaud will resume today on one and five respectively.

The right hander, Sewkarran slammed 109, while Ronaldo Mohamed made 75 and Ryan Shun, who was dropped four times made full use of the reprieves, hitting 70.

Demerara players celebrate the wicket of Viendra Gooniah, caught at the wicket by Kemol Savory off Tagenarine Chanderpaul (Photos: Rajiv Bisnauth)

After winning the toss, opener Sunil Singh (7) and Nick Ramsaroop (10) were the wickets to fall early. They were removed by medium pacers Travis Drakes and Kemo Paul in quick succession.

However, fellow opener Shun and Sewkarran ensured no more damage was done, despite several good deliveries and some chances that went abegging until the interval.

The duo put on 150 runs for the third-wicket stand, with Sewkarran hitting eight boundaries and six sixes off the 147 balls he faced, while Shun played second fiddle, hitting six fours off 144 balls.  Essequibo captain Kemo Paul was unable to devise a strategy to separate the well-set pair, until the stroke of the tea interval.

Travis Persaud (9) and Shivnarine Srikissoon (9) were the other batsmen to fall before the interval, with the President’s X1, 238-6 at the break.

Avishkar Sewkarran plays fluently through the off-side during his innings of 109

Upon resumption, Vivian Albert (5) was dismissed quickly, before Mohamed’s flamboyant, 70 balls innings, inclusive of 10 fours and four sixes helped propel the President’s X1 total.

He shared a frenetic, 51-run, eighth- wicket stand with Daniel Lewis, who made 11.

For Essequibo, off-spinner Akil Wallace was the best bowler on show with 5-96. Kemo Paul supported with 2-54, while Drakes, Akini Adams and Avenash Persaud finished with a wicket apiece.

Demerara in Control

Demerara ended the first day against Berbice in a strong position, reaching 70-2, after bowling out the visitors for 140 in 44.1 overs at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.

Tagenarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 18, and with him is Rudolph Singh on one. The batsmen dismissed were Brian Sattaur and Ronaldo Renee for 24 runs apiece.

No play was possible for the entire first session, due to seepage on the pitch, but when play  finally commenced   at 12.20h after multiple inspections, the Demerara bowlers dominated the proceedings.

The Demerara medium pacers  bowled with great discipline with Keon Morris, being the most destructive with 4-42. Daniel Basdeo (2-25), Sherfane Rutherford (1-13) and Tagenarine Chanderpaul claimed (1-13), all bowled with great control.

Tagenarine Chanderpaul cuts during his unbeaten innings

No Berbice batsman reached 30 and no partnership realised more than 47, as the visitors adopted an ultra-cautious approach in tough conditions after winning the toss.

The day started with Shimron Hetmyer (24) and Balchand Baldeo (27) putting on 47 runs for the first wicket, but the visitors then lost six wickets for just 31 runs. Hetmyer, Baldeo, David Latchaya (4), Ashkay Homraj (2), Sharaz Ramcharran (14) and Hakeem Hinds (0) were the batsmen who perished.

With Berbice in a huge spot of bother at 78-6, Viendra Gooniah and Arif Chan consolidated the innings with a partnership of 37 runs before Tagenarine Chanderpaul, who was introduced with his medium pace, claimed the wicket of Gooniah for 22, and at tea the Berbicians were 117-7.

The innings was quickly wrapped up upon resumption, with Chan contributing 18 and Parmanand Ramdhan 14 not out, being the other principal scorers.

Play will resume today at GCC at 09:30h, while the game at DCC will get under  way at 10:00h.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 04:57