Motie-Kanhai, Persaud claim five-wicket hauls … Sattaur hits ton for Demerara in GTM U-19 Inter-county cricket

Guyana Chronicle article.

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - Incisive fast bowling from Shivram Persaud and Dexter George, coupled with a pugnacious century from Brian Sattaur, enabled Demerara to take control of their first round fixture against Essequibo, in this year’s Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)/GTM Under-19 three-day fixture at the Police Sports Club ground yesterday.

At the Everest Cricket Club ground, defending champions GT&T Berbice routed the President’s XI for 85, with Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai claiming 6 for 30 then declared their first innings close at 191 for 8 on the back of Deryck Narine’s patient 59 for a lead of 106, before their opponents reached 27 without loss at the close of play.

At Eve Leary, Demerara won the toss and asked the team from the Cinderella County to take first strike. They were coasting at 86 for 3 and later 94 for 4 at the lunch interval, before Persaud and George, who took 9 wickets between them, engineered a batting collapse that saw Essequibo lose their final six wickets for a mere 3 runs, being bowled out for 97 from 35.1 overs.

Thanks to Sattaur’s 101 retired hurt, Demerara managed to reach 174 for 2 off 49 overs at the close, for a lead of 77 runs heading into the final day’s play today.

Ricardo Peters 34 (4x4, 1x6) and his skipper Ricardo Adams with 23 that included two fours and two sixes off Devon Lord - who was also struck for a six by Peters - offered resistance to Persaud who ended with 5 for 15 and George with 4 for 26.

When Demerara batted, they lost the wicket of Tagenarine Chanderpaul (4) who was caught at the wicket off Rajiv Balgobin at 17 for 1, before Sattaur and Andrew Gibson (19) added 78 for the second wicket, pushing the score to 95.

Gibson was caught at the wicket off Adams, a Regional Super50 selectee, but not before he witnessed Sattaur post his 50 off 48 deliveries with six fours and three sixes struck off the bowling of Herry Greene.

Essequibo had the opportunity of removing Sattaur when the hard-hitting left-hander was on 53 at 71 for 1 in the 16th over, but Shivindra Hemraj grassed the easy chance he offered at short midwicket off Adams, for which the batsman said thanks by hitting the bowler back over his head for one of his fours.

Following Gibson’s departure, Sattaur was joined by his skipper Kamesh Yadram who was unbeaten on 33 at the close of play and dutifully reached the first ton for this year’s tournament, before he was forced to retire hurt on 101, an innings that is so far decorated with seven fours and four sixes, while Kemol Savory was the other batsman with Yadram, on 6.

At Camp Road, the President’s XI had no answer to Motie-Kanhai’s left-arm spin and after being 85 for 8 at lunch, failed to add to that total, losing their final two wickets in two overs. Denesh Mangal made 22, which included two sixes off Motie-Kanhai, Martin Pestano-Belle scored 19 with A. Sewkaran 17 leading the batting.

In GT&T Berbice’s reply, Narine struck six fours and one six from 70 deliveries for his 50 to help bolster his side’s batting, before he fell for a top score of 59 (77 balls, 8x4, 1x6), which, along with Romario Shepherd-DeJonge’s unbeaten 25 and David Latchaya’s  19, gave their team a handsome lead.

However, the President’s XI batting a second time wiped off 27 of those runs, with Pestano-Belle on 16 which included three well-timed fours and Ryan Shun, who took 2 for 37 in GT&T Berbice’s innings, 10 (1x4), as they head into the final day’s play today, after the entire first day was washed out in both contests.

First Published In The Guyana Chronicle.

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 15:24