GTM Inter-County U-19 cricket…Demerara crush E’bo in 2 days
Hosts Demerara crushed Essequibo by 10 wickets inside two days of their GTM Inter-County three-day cricket match at the Eve Leary ground after the first day was washed out without a ball being bowled.
Demerara resumed the final day on 174-2, but slumped to 209-9 declared at 10:47hrs despite a second day unfinished century from National under-19 left-hander Brian Sattaur and an even unbeaten half-century from Skipper Kamesh Yadram.
Left-arm spinner Herry Greene snatched 6-68 as the last four Demerara batsmen all failed to score as the home team slumped from 201, losing four wickets for eight runs to force a premature declaration.
Essequibo, who were bundled out for 97 in their first innings, were dismissed for 167 in their second innings leaving Demarara to make 56 for victory when they began the run chase at 15:20hrs. They finished on 60 without loss with Tagenarine Chanderpaul on 33 and Sattaur 27.
Demerara not only had to battle the bowlers but very ominous clouds which eventually caused rain at 15:50hrs with the score on 29-0 from 9.3 overs. Play resumed at 16:20hrs and Demerara coasted to an emphatic victory in damp conditions and a pitch which kept low.
After Kemol Savory was removed for 14 at 185-3, Sattaur resumed his innings after retiring hurt with cramps the previous day on 101 but added just five runs before he was run out in a mix-up with Chanderpaul to hasten the Demerara demise.
Ricardo Peters continued his good form with an attractive 65 with four fours and a six, but only Balgobin, who made 45 with three fours and two sixes, and Ricardo Adams (16) passed 15.
Leg-spinner Steven Sankar bagged 3-26, while Yadram (2-9), Shivram Persaud (2-26) and left arm spinner Devon Lord (2-46) captured a couple of wickets for the winners. (Sean Devers)