Imlach keeps East Bank in the hunt after top-order collapse

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Kamesh Yadram

– Kamesh Yadram unbeaten 104 rescue ECD

A gutsy unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 57 between Tevin Imlach and Ryan Shun has left the final round of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Jaguars Franchise League Three-day clash between East Coast Demerara and East Bank in the balance.
East Bank were staring another defeat in the face after squandering their advantage with a second innings top-order batting collapse.But at the end of the second day, at the Enterprise Busta Sports Club ground yesterday, they recovered from a perilous position of 56-5, to close on 113-5,chasing 178 for victory.
Imlach and Shun resumed on 52 and 17 respectively, with East Bank 65 runs short of victory.
Resuming the day on 34-0, East Coast Demerara were bundled out for 217.
Earlier, Kamesh Yadram cracked an impressive 104 not out to pull his side out of trouble. The hosts, who had collapsed to 61-3 when the elder Yadram came in, were eventually bowled out for 217, half an hour before the second interval.
The left-handed Yadram hardly played a false stroke in 205 minutes at the crease, and against an older ball on a true pitch, he single-handedly rebuilt the innings with sound and stylish shot-making.
The visitors buckled down to their task on a slow, dry-looking pitch and dismissed both openers Bhaskar Yadram and Keon Roberts,along with First-class batsman Chanderpaul Hemraj,in less than an hour of play.
Sherfane Rutherford (4-39) and Steven Harris (2-58), both bowled with great control to pile on much misery on the hosts, picking up the first three wickets.
The 18-year-old Rutherford removed Yadram (33), while Harris dismissed Roberts (22) and Hemraj (4),but could not,however,do the trick to remove the 22-year-old, Yadram during his 165-ball knock.
His innings featured both aggression and maturity, counting ten fours and three sixes. He was never hesitant to step out and hit the spinners, and at the same time was equal to the task in finding the gaps.
Yadram added 30 for the fourth-wicket with Amir Khan (20),and 66 for the sixth-wicket with Paul Wintz (23), but after those two partnerships, the remainder of innings belonged to the home boy Yadram.
He continued to bat with typical aplomb and reached his hundred with a single off left-arm unorthodox spinner Totaram Bishun (2-62), off 157 balls.
During Yadram’s milestone, the hosts lost Khan, Ramnarine Chatura (1), Wintz, Rohan Mangal (0) and Gavin Moriah (0);bringing the innings quickly came to an end.
The visitors were then undermined by pacer Wintz who produced a brilliant opening spell to claim 4-41 off nine overs.
The top order failed to show any sort of commitment with the bat, and were reduced to 56-5, with Wintz claiming the wickets of Deonarine Seegobin (1), Stephan Brown (19), Mark Rhobe (1) and Danny Narine (0), while Gavin Moriah accounted for Rutherford (10).
But just when the hosts thought they had the game,wicket-keeper Imlach and Shun took charge until the end of the day’s play.
Meanwhile, summarised scores from the other games are as follows:
At Port Mourant, tournament winners Lower Corentyne amassed a mammoth 649/9 declared in reply to West Berbice’s 174 all out yesterday. At Tuschen, Romario Shephard’s 8/49 rattled Essequibo as the folded for 134 all out after resuming on their overnight score of 87/3. At GCC, Bourda, Georgetown resuming on their overnight 116/2,were dismissed for 216.
Matches continue today from 09:30