Batting collapses undermine President’s XI, Essequibo

Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - Defending champions Demerara and Berbice are firmly in control after day one in the second round of the Guyana Cricket Board-organised Igloo Ice-cream-sponsored under-15 Inter-county tournament on Wednesday.

First innings batting collapses undermined the President’s X1 and Essequibo, resulting in both teams surrendering first innings points.

At stumps across at the Wales Community Centre ground, President’s X1 batting a second time were 47-2, still trailing their first innings deficit by 28 runs.

After winning the toss and opting to field, Steven Kalamudin produced a fiery opening spell, snaring 5-19 in just six overs to rock the President’s X1 for an insignificant 56 in 29.5 overs. Kris Ramnarine supported Kalamudin with 2-2.

Stephon Wilson (11) and Khemchand Hardyal (10) were the only batsmen with any significant contributions.

Due to the playing conditions, Berbice were entitled to eight additional overs after the President’s X1 failed to bat out their allotted 38 overs. They reached 129-7 in 46 overs, with Dinishwar Budhoo topscoring with 36. He received support from Alex Algu (24), Kris Ramnarine (17), Kevin Sinclair (15) and Kevon Anderson, 10 not out.

Junior Phillips was the main destroyer for the President’s X1 with 4-29.

Demerara/Essequibo Game

Over at the Enmore Community Centre ground, Essequibo are facing a heavy defeat after being reduced to 35-5 batting a second time, and  faced with a huge first innings deficit of 149 runs.

The batsmen at the crease are Orlando Jailall on three and Vishal Singh, who is yet to score.

A familiar batting collapse twice has given the defending champions total control. Essequibo were bowled out for 52 in 33 overs in their first innings, before Demerara replied with 201-2 in 43 overs.

Only Orlando Jailall offered any resistance for the boys from the Cinderella County  with 22, but failed to find support from his other colleagues.

Colin Barlow (3-3), Anthony Antonio (3-5) and Ashmead Nedd (2-17) were the main destroyers for Demerara.

Kurt Lovell (70*) and Alphius Bookie (66*) then stroked unbeaten half centuries in Demerara’s reply. Skipper Bhaskar Yadram supported with 29.

Nedd and Barlow have so far claimed 3-12 and 2-7 respectively. Play resumes today, the final day at 09:30h at both venues.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:23