GCB/PEPSI Inter-County 50 overs - Essequibo will be looking for revenge against Berbice today
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Following their humiliating first round loss to defending champions Demerara last Saturday, perennial whipping boys Essequibo should be looking for revenge, when they take on former champions Berbice in the second round of this year’s Guyana Cricket Board/Pepsi Senior Inter-county 50 overs tournament at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground from 0900hrs today.
Against Demerara, the Cinderella County first got a false start when the talented Ricardo Adams was pulled from their final 11, pending the results of a disciplinary hearing with the GCB, following which he was handed a three-match suspension. His place was taken by Sheldon Alexander.
Definitely the Essequibians fielded well both in the outfield and 30-yard circle, but their bowlers were guilty of over-pitching far too often, and, against a Berbice side that is strong in all departments, they will need to bowl a tidy line and length, lest they make their exit out of the competition winless.
Surprisingly, national Under-17 fast bowler Kemo Paul was not handed the ball when Demerara batted, with Alexander being skipper Royan Fredericks’ choice. Whether that situation among others is rectified today is left to be seen.
Once again, Essequibo’s batting failed early in their reply; for even though Fredericks and Kevon Boodie started in a pugnacious mode when they were asked to chase down a mammoth 323, they slipped to 73 for 5.
Half-centuries from Paul and Vishwanauth Lall brought some amount of respectability to the team’s total, but they were bowled out for 198 and coach Alvin Johnson would be hoping his batsmen capitalise on any start they are given, against the Ancient County team today.
Both Heyligers - Jason and Dillon - were not allowed to get going, as Demerara’s skipper Christopher Barnwell sent them back to the cool comforts of the dressing room, while Vijai Surujpaul failed to negotiate the guile of Amir Khan.
Young Herry Greene displayed maturity to lead the bowling department alongside former Combined Campuses and Colleges fast bowler Gilford Moore, while both Heyligers were a bit on the expensive side, even though Jason Heyliger got two wickets.
On the other hand, the Berbicians were in training for this tournament since September 10 and following an intense fitness session under head coach Hubern Evans with supervision from GCB Senior Chairman of Selectors Rayon Griffith, participated in an assimilation exercise last Saturday.
They are without the services of Veerasammy Permaul, Narsingh Deonarine and Assad Fudadin, who are all in India on West Indies ‘A’ team duty, but the squad selected to compete for supremacy, comprises players who have represented Guyana from the Under-15 to Senior level at some time during their career.
Skipper Sewnarine Chattergoon is a discarded national opener and former West Indies opener, who has always been a productive run machine at this level and is expected to do the same this time around.
In an invited comment with Chronicle Sport after the fitness session last Friday, Chattergoon said the team is mixed with experience and youth and he sees it an esteemed privilege to be leading such a side, while he anxiously waits to share his knowledge with his teammates.
He has at his disposal the hard-hitting Jonathan Foo and the pugnacious Shimron Hetmyer, who will both be looking to make a statement and also send a message to Griffith and company, as it relates to national selection, Kandasammy Surujnarine and Rajiv Ivan who is known for his stroke-playing ability.
Added support in the batting department will come from Anthony D’Andrade, Joemal LaFleur, Devon Clements and national wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble, with Eon Hooper and Devendra Bishoo adding valuable support.
First class fast bowler Keon Joseph will spearhead their bowling with support from Romario Shepherd-DeJonge and D’Andrade, while Bishoo, Hooper, LaFleur, Clements, Ivan and West Indies Under-19 selectee Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai, will take care of the spin department.
The Essequibo team from which the final XI will be chosen reads: Royan Fredericks (captain), Anthony Adams (vice-captain), Ricardo Peters, Jason Heyliger, Sheldon Alexander, Dillon Heyliger, Mark Tyrell, Vishwanauth Lall, Kevon Boodie, Vijay Surujpaul, Herry Greene, Kemo Paul and Gilford Moore.
Berbice final XI will come from: Sewnarine Chattergoon, Devendra Bishoo, Rajiv Ivan, Jonathan Foo, Shimron Hetmyer, Eon Hooper, Anthony Bramble, Kandasammy Surujnarine, Keon Joseph, Anthony D’Andrade, Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai, Romario Shepherd-DeJonge, Devon Clements and Joemal LaFleur.