GCB\GTM 3 day inter county tourney…Kanhai bags 6 as Berbice take first innings points
Narine hit half century
By Zaheer Mohamed
Berbice grabbed first innings points from the President’s XI when play in the first round of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)\Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Fire and Life Insurance Company (GTM) Inter County 3-day got underway yesterday.
At stumps on the second day, the President’s XI are 27 without loss in 11 overs, batting a second time; they are trailing by 106. Berbice, after dismissing their opponents for 85 in their first innings declared on 191-8 in 48 overs.
After the first day was rained out, play finally started at 10:00hrs with the President’s XI winning the toss and electing to bat in hazy conditions. They found themselves in early trouble losing openers Anthony Bhupdeo who was bowled by Romario Shepherd without scoring and Ryan Shun caught off Suresh Dhanai for 01 at 8-2. Avishkar Sewnarine and Martin Pestano Bell added 16 for the third wicket before Sewnarine was stumped off left arm spinner Gudakesh Motie Kanhai for 17 (3×4).
Vishal Narayan was then caught off Kanhai for 02 before Bell and Denesh Mangal tired to steady their team batting with a fifth wicket stand of 31. Bell who looked solid was then run out for 19 (2×4) at 63-5. Kanhai then made inroads into the President’s XI batting with only Denesh Mangal with 22 (1×4, 2×6) and Yekinie Favourite 10 made it into double figures. Kanhai who bowled with looped the ball well grabbed 6-30 from 13 overs while Shepherd, Dhanai and Shawn Periera had 1 each.
Berbice in reply lost their first wicket at 14 when pacer Garfield Morris dismissed Nick Ramsaroop for 3 at 14. Devin Baldeo and Sharaz Ramcharran steadied the chase to an extent with a second wicket partnership of 23 before Baldeo was run out for 12. The President’s XI then continued to show fight with discipline bowling which paid off when Ramcharran was caught off Akeem Wallace for 17 at 47-3. Vishal Narayan then accounted for Ashay Homraj (12) before Ryan Shun trapped David Latchaya (19) to leave Berbice in difficulty at 74-5.
Left Hander Dereck Narine and Shawn Perreira took the score to 112 with levelheaded batting. The pair rotated the strike nicely; Narine swept, cut and drove handsomely on both sides of the wicket, he glided Morris to fine leg then punched through point for consecutive boundaries before Perreira was stumped off Yougeshwar Dhanraj for 11. Berbice then lost Karamchand Ramnarine who was leg before for 03. Narine then dominated a seven wicket stand of 40 with Romario Shepherd before was dismissed for 59. His innings contained eight fours and one six. Shepherd and Kanhai put together 27 for the eight wicket before Berbice declared leaving Shepherd unbeaten on 25(1×6) and Kanhai on 16 (3×4). Dhanraj took 2-27, Shun 2-37 while Morris, Narayan and Wallace picked up 1 apiece.
Martin Pestano Bell and Shun will resume on 16 and 10 respectively when the game continues today the final day at 09:30hrs.