GCB\GTM 3-day inter county tourney…Rain stops play as Berbice, President’s XI draw
By Zaheer Mohamed
Rain prevented a possible Berbice victory over the President’s XI yesterday when play their first round game of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)\Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Fire and Life General Insurance Company (GTM) 3 day inter county tournament ended at the Everest Cricket Club ground.
Set 78 to win in the last hour, the start of Berbice reply was delayed for a few minutes due to the rain, however when their second innings began moments later, openers Ashay Homraj (08) and Nick Ramsaroop (03) took their team to 17 in 2 overs before the rain sent the players off the field once again. After the rain which fell for just over 20 minutes ceased, the umpires made an inspection an ordered that play resume, with 11 minutes and a minimum of 4 minutes remaining, but both captain decided the game had little interest and in agreement with the match officials decided to call off the game at 17:19 hrs.
Trailing by 106, the President’s XI resumed on 27 without loss and were bowled out for 183 in 82 overs just after tea. Openers Ryan Shun and Martin Pestano Bell took the score to 65 before Bell missed a sweep shot and was leg before to Shawn Perreira for 40 (7×4). Shun and Aviskhar Sewkarran saw their team to lunch at 73-1.
After the interval, the pair added a further 24 runs before Shun went for 36(3×4). The President’s XI then lost Sewkarran (18) and Anthony Buphdeo (00) in quick succession to be at 102-4. Thereafter only Denesh Mangal with 36 (4×4,1×6) and Vishal Narayan 20 (2×4) offered any resistance as the other batsmen were guilty of throwing their wickets away with poor shot selections.
Man of the match Dereck Narine was the pick of the bowlers for Berbice with 3-10 from 9 overs while Shawn Perreira grabbed 3-55 and Gudakesh Motie Kanhai 2-44.
Berbice ended the contest with 7 points (6 for taking first innings and one fast bowling bonus point) while the President’s XI gained 3.5 points (3 for the draw, .5 bonus).