Berbice and President’s XI top table after authoritative victories
BOTH Berbice and President’s XI climbed to the top of the points table of this year’s Guyana Cricket Board-organised Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company/Hand-in-Hand-sponsored four-day tournament, after recording authoritative victory over Demerara and Essequibo in their respective matches.Both teams used a total of two hours and five minutes to dispose of their respective opponents on the scheduled third day of the second round of matches yesterday, with Berbice defeating the defending champions by 10 wickets while President’s XI came away with an innings-and-52-run win over Essequibo.
At the Enmore Community Centre ground, Demerara, who were relegated to third position on the points table following the loss, resumed the day on 68 for 6, still looking for another 14 runs to make Berbice bat again, with Christopher Pattadin and Amir Khan on 0 and 4 respectively.
They slid further down the barrel of embarrassment to be 76 for 8, when their first innings tormentor Devendra Bishoo, who ended with 4 for 22 for match figures of 10 for 72, trapped Khan lbw for 9 while Royston Crandon, who took 4 for 28 removed Pattadin caught by Bishoo for 3.
Joseph Perry (3) and Zaheer Mohammed (3) pushed the score to 80 before Perry was lbw to Crandon 3 and it was left up to Paul Wintz who made an unbeaten 11 to partner Mohammed and guide Demerara to 96 before Mohammed was run-out, inside the first hour of the day’s play.
Asked to score 15 for victory, Berbice’s skipper Sewnarine Chattergoon blasted three fours in his unbeaten 14 as his side reached 15 without loss from 1.5 overs to complete the win comfortably, while affording his side an extra two sessions and a day of rest.
At the world renowned Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Essequibo, who trailed the President’s XI by 193 runs, began the penultimate and what turned out to be final day on 126 for 6 in search of an another 67 runs, with Kemo Paul on 24.
That contest was over 70 minutes within the day’s play, after Keanu Harry (4) was bowled by Collis Butts (3 for 20), Paul was caught at the wicket by Jason Sinclair off Andre Stoll (3 for 24/match 7 for 68) and Steven Sankar (2 for 19) removed both Heemchand Persaud (2) and Ricardo Peters, who surprisingly batted at number 9, for 1.
The point standings after two rounds are as follows, Berbice 18 points, President’s XI 15, Demerara 12 and Essequibo 0 and the third and final round of matches will bowl off on Sunday with Berbice and Essequibo clashing at Everest and Demerara meeting the President’s XI at Uitvlugt.
(By Calvin Roberts)