El Dorado Inter County final set for Stadium
Demerara put title on the line against Berbice today
By Sean Devers
The Ramnaresh Sarwan led Demerara side will put their El Dorado 50-over Inter County cricket title on the line from 13:30hrs today at the Guyana National Stadium when they battle arch-rival Berbice in the Day/Night final.
Berbice will hope to avenge their defeat to Demerara at Wales last Sunday but with the inclusion of Guyana’s latest Test player Travis Dowlin in their squad, the defending champions must be favoured to prevail on what should be a flat track and fast outfield.
Admission is $500 and while it is unclear why West Indies left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul will miss the match although he has completed all of his official cricket duties overseas, the fans could expect a pulsating match which is expected to culminate under lights.
Assad Fudadin has been in brilliant form and the knowledge that the National selectors will be picking the Guyana Regional One-Day team after this match will be added incentive for the fluent former West Indies Under-19 left-hander.
Two other left-handers, both with Test experience (Narsingh Deonarine & Sewnarine Chattergoon) will hope to get among the runs for Berbice while Delbert Hicks has been backing up his keeping with good scores recently.
West Indies ODI player Royston Crandon is capable of taking the bowlers apart at this level, while his elder brother Royston is an even more pugnacious hitter.
If teenager Jonathon Foo can reproduce the form that brought him a top class half-century at Wales the Demerara bowlers could have a tough day at the office and the fans could be in for some explosive fireworks.
While Royston Crandon and the lively Brendon Bess should share the new ball, Albion’s First-Class spin twins Veerasammy Permaul and Davendra Bishoo could cause trouble for the batsmen while Chattergoon and Deonarine could offer spin support for Berbice.
The Demerara batting is powerful on paper and if Rajendra Chandrika and Shemroy Barrington (both battle for a Guyana pick for month end’s Regional One-Day series) gets going the fans could be in for a treat.
Sarwan, one of the most elegant batsmen in world cricket could bat higher in the order than he did in the previous games this year for Demerara and along with Dowlin can set Providence ablaze this evening with scintillating stroke play.
Gajanand Singh looked good in his unbeaten 41 at Wales while Leon Johnson has another chance to stake a claim for a Guyana re-call with a meaningful contribution with the bat.
Steven Jacobs is another player vying for national selection and along with Chris Barnwell can score quickly while the same can be said for spinning all-rounders Zaheer Mohamed and Sauid Drepaul.
Krishna Deosarran can be squeezed out by Dowlin’s return and with Joseph Perry and Kellon Carmichael both very capable with the bat at this level Demerara could post a big total if they bat first.
Carmichael and Barnwell are both swing bowlers and could enjoy the windy conditions if Berbice bat under lights while Mohamed will need an improved showing with the ball to keep the Berbicians quiet.
Jacobs’ off-spin has been improving rapidly and along with Drepaul could have a lot of work to do with the ball.
There will be free parking inside the stadium and the pulsating rhythms of the Stereo Sonic Sounds system in the Party Mound, should provide a festive atmosphere and an enjoyable time for the entire family as the country’s best cricketers display their talent at Guyana’s premier cricket facility.