MSC beat GDF by 7 wickets, DCC, GCC play to draw
By Sean Devers
A five-wicket haul from medium pacer Ameer Khan and an entertaining 89 from National opener Shemroy Barrington failed to save GDF from a seven wicket defeat against Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) in their two-day Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) first division cricket match which ended at the GDF ground yesterday.
Resuming on their overnight 150-2 in rely to GDF’s 134, MSC declared at 234-6 with West Indies under-19 selectee Kwame Crosse, who began the day on 65, falling for 76 when he hit off-spinner Paul Castello to mid-on when 24 short of his second hundred at this level following his maiden ton against Nandy Park.
Skipper Steven Jacobs, the only First-Class player in the MSC side, fell for 49 as Khan, who hails from West Demerara had 5-49 and Skipper Castello 3-71 for the Army.
GDF were then dismissed for 169 in their second innings despite the fine batting from Barrington who was once again removed by his former MSC and Guyana team mate Jacobs; this time leg before wicket after being caught behind in the first innings.
Delon Heyliger supported with 41 as Jacobs followed up his 4-57 in the first innings with 3-70. Former National youth pacer Seon Daniels had his second three-wicket haul in the game (3-35) while leg spinner Steven Sankar took 3-27 for MSC who were set 74 for victory.
The Thomas Lands unit reached 74-3 with Jacobs unbeaten on 26 and former Guyana under-15 all-rounder Carlos LaRose on 16.
In the other game played in the round, home team DCC and GCC played to a draw after DCC, asked to follow-on, reached 250-8 in their second innings when the game ended.
National all-rounder Chris Barnwell hit two attractive half-centuries in the contest while Jamal Hinckson and Guyana wicketkeeper Derwin Christian also stroked second innings fifties for DCC to ensure they saved the game.
GCC, leg by fifties from National left-handers Leon Johnson (56) and Vishaul Singh (51) began the final day on 214-8 and were bowled out for 234 with left-arm back-of-the-hand spinner Totaram Bishun taking 4-91. He was supported by former Guyana under-19 off-spinner Kevin George (4-49) and Barnwell (2-38).
DCC were then dismissed for 126 despite a pugnacious 83 from Barnwell which was decorated with seven sixes and four fours.
Medium pacer Gavin Charles took 4-32 and talented 18-year-old left-arm spinner Raj Nanan 3-38 for GCC who promptly enforced the follow-on.
Barnwell was again among the runs with 57 while Christian (55), Hinckson (50) and First-Class left-hander Gajanand Singh (35) chipped in for the home team as Nanan grabbed 5-102 for the Bourda boys.
Gajanand Singh, who represented both Berbice and Demerara at senior Inter-County level, is now playing for DCC after previously turning out for West Demerara side New Line Cavaliers in Demerara’s cricket last season.