Five-wicket hauls for Bishoo and Khan as ‘Cheesy’ Singh hits 50

NATIONAL leg- spinners Devendra Bishoo and Amir Khan claimed respective five-wicket hauls for Berbice and Demerara, on the second day of action in the Guyana Cricket Board/Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company/Hand-in-Hand-sponsored four-day tournament yesterday.

At the Everest Cricket Club ground where no play was possible on the first day, the President’s XI who won the toss and opted to bat first, were bowled out for a laborious 185 in 72.4 overs, with their skipper Vishal Singh hitting a patient 55 against the bowling of Bishoo who took 6 for 57 for Berbice.
At Enmore, Essequibo wasted the opportunity to post a respectable total against the defending champions, as Khan’s 5 for 62 coupled with Zaheer Mohammed’s 4 for 46, sent them packing for 198 from 73.4 overs, after resuming the day on 101 for 3, to which Demerara replied with 172 for 3 at the close, with Christopher Barnwell unbeaten on 48 while Ramnaresh Sarwan scored 42.
Earlier in the day, Dillon Heyliger (27) and Kemo Paul (19) resumed Essequibo’s innings, with Heyliger being the first to go, lbw to Khan at 122 for 4, while Paul followed 10 runs later when he was bowled by Trevon Garraway (1 for 30).
Some resilient batting from Parmesh Parsotam who made an unbeaten 39 (1×4) and Ravindra Parsram 28 (1×6, 1×4), guided Essequibo to their final total, as Khan and Mohammed made light work of their batsmen, who contributed to the cause with their irresponsible shot selections.
In Demerara’s reply, pugnacious opener Trevon Griffith (11) was first to go, caught by Heemchand Persaud off Heyliger at 17 for 1, allowing Rajendra Chandrika and skipper Leon Johnson to add an even 50 runs for the second wicket, before Chandrika was lbw to Anthony Adams for 22.
Sarwan, a discarded West Indies middle order batsman joined Johnson and they pushed the score to 81, before Paul held a well judged catch running around from long on, to account for Johnson off Persaud, after he made 40 from 72 balls with five fours at 81 for 3.
Enter a confident-looking Barnwell, who opened his account with a four, courtesy of a deft cut through point off Persaud, followed by a six over long on, even as Sarwan, with whom he added 89 for the fourth wicket, pulled Adams twice over wide midwicket for four, followed by two fours off Royan Fredericks in the final over before tea.
However, when he was well set for a composed half-century, Sarwan was run-out when he failed to beat the return at the non-striker’s end, as he charged down the wicket after Barnwell turned a delivery from Heyliger to short midwicket, with his 42 coming off 87 deliveries and decorated with four fours.
Christopher Pattadin, who missed a ton during the Demerara trials held last week, joined Barnwell who has so far struck four fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 48, to steer Demerara to their close of play score, with Pattadin yet to score.
At Everest, Singh faced 169 balls and struck three fours while being the backbone of his team’s innings, but the day belonged to Bishoo, after fast bowler Raun Johnson sent back both openers early, allowing Bishoo to mop up the middle and lower order, which he did to precision.
Earlier the opening pair of Robin Bacchus (24) and Shemroy Barrington (7) failed to capitalise on starts, with Bacchus looking ominous striking three boundaries in his knock before he was removed by Johnson, who also got rid of Barrington.
Former Test batsman Ryan Ramdass (24) and Singh came to the middle looking to rebuild their team’s innings, but Royston Crandon had the former adjudged lbw for 24 (3×4) at 69 for 3, before rain stopped play with the President’s XI on 92 for 3, with Singh on 22 and Dominique Rikhi 9.
That interruption, which forced the umpires to take the luncheon break, lasted for approximately three hours and following an inspection at 14:00hrs play resumed 30 minutes later, following which Bishoo removed Rikhi via lbw without any addition to his score.
Singh brought up a grinding 50 from 157 balls and the team’s 100 came in 35.5 overs, while the 150 mark came up in the 57th over, but a double strike by Bishoo saw both Singh and all-rounder Romario Shepherd-DeJonge (0) falling in successive balls as the leg-spinner ended a successful over with a double-wicket maiden.
Bishoo then had wicketkeeper Jason Sinclair (19) pinned lbw by a “googly” delivery, followed by the removal of Steven Sankar (2) who hit a delivery straight down the throat of long-off, while his sixth wicket was that of Kellon Carmichael who made15.

(By Calvin Roberts)

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