GCB 50-Over Inter County starts today
– defending champs Berbice aiming to retain title
By Zaheer Mohamed
West Indies middle order batsman Assad Fudadin will lead defending champions Berbice when they take on the President’s XI at DCC in their opening match of the Guyana Cricket Board 50-Over Inter County tournament which bowls off today with two matches.
Leading the Berbicians will be the likes of Sewnarine Chattergoon, Richard Ramdeen who can consider himself unlucky not to be selected on the Guyana T20 team, Shimron Hetemyer, Gajanand Singh along with Fudadin.
Berbice, although without a number of key players who are on duty with the National T20 team, boasts one of the strongest batting line-ups in the competition which will used as a yard stick to select the Guyana team for the Regional 50 over tournament.
Despite being without the services of spin twins Devendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul the bowling will be in the capable hands of off spinner Krishundat Ramoo, Gudakesh Moti-Kanhai, Shawn Periera and pacer Keon Joseph.
The President’s XI have proved on many occasions that they can hold their own in any given situation and will be no push overs in this competition. Their Captain, Eugene La Fleur, is a talented all-rounder and will no doubt look to prove himself at this level.
Opener Krishna Arjune, Kevon Boodie, Elton Baker, Jeetendra Sookdeo and young Tagenarine Chanderpaul will bolster the batting. Pacers, Brandon Bess and Gilford Moore who hails from Essequibo will share the new ball and with support from spinners Joshua Wade, Collins Butts, Stephen Latcha and Raj Nanan, scoring against this reserve side will not as easy as many may suggest.
Meanwhile, Demerara with former West Indies batsman Travis Dowlin at the helm will have home advantage when they face Essequibo at Everest. Openers Ryan Ramdass and Shemroy Barrington will no doubt look to regain their places on the national team, while Chanderpaul Hemraj, Vishal Singh and Rajendra Chandreka are established batsmen at this level.
With the inclusion of spinners Amir Khan, Zaheer Mohamed, Totaram Bishun, pacers Paul Wintz, Andrea Stoll and Robin Bacchus, Demerara possess one of the strongest bowling attacks in the tournament.
Former National Under-19 batsman Royan Federicks spearheads the Essequibo team whose batting will depend heavily on Dellon Heyliger who plays most of his cricket in Georgetown, Herrell Green, the attacking Ricardo Adams, Kenzo Baksh and Wayne Osborne.
Mark Tyrell, Greyson Paul and Roopesh Motilall will lead the pace attack in the absence of Ronsford Beaton. They will be supported by left arm spinners Anthony Adams and Herry Green and off spinner Jason Heyliger. The tournament was last played in 2011.