GCB Female 50-over Inter County tourney…Ogle slams half century as Demerara beat E’bo by 35 runs in opening fixture
By Zaheer Mohamed
Skipper June Ogle stroked a fine unbeaten half century as Demerara defeated Essequibo by 35 runs in the opening fixture of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) senior Female 50-over Inter County tournament which commenced yesterday at Everest Cricket Club.
Ogle hit two fours and shared in an opening stand of 122 with Latoya Smith as Demerara were off to a bright start after they won the toss and elected to bat in a match which began late due to overnight rain and was reduced to 20 overs.
The pair started cautiously on a pitch which kept low throughout the
game, but gradually grew in confidence and played a number of beautiful shots on both sides of the pitch. Ogle reached her fifty with a boundary off Daveena Goberdhan before Smith, in trying to step up the scoring rate was well caught by Cascia Mantoos on the mid wicket boundary off Essequibo captain Kumarie Persaud for 39. Persaud then uprooted the stumps of Akazie Thompson (00) without addition to the score; Ogle ended on 52 not out as her team finished on 123-2 off their allotted overs. Persaud was the pick of the bowlers with 2-27 from 4 overs.
The Essequibo team, which also included a number of players from Demerara, started their run chase badly losing the wicket Tracey Glasgow (00) who was caught and bowled by Akazie Thompson at 2-1. Fellow opener Abena Parker and Kumarie Persaud added 28 for the second wicket before Persaud skied spinner Haseena Persaud to mid off; she departed for 4.
Mohamed then disturbed the stumps of Renika Isaacs (00) to leave Essequibo in trouble at 35-3. Parker and Mathena Cambridge steadied the chase somewhat with a fourth wicket stand of 48, but the asking rate was climbing rapidly and the watchful Parker, who slammed four fours and one maximum off Mandy Mangru, was removed by Thompson at 83-4 as she tried to keep her team in the hunt, for a well played 41.
Cambridge was then dismissed by Janette Daniel for 19 (2×4) as Essequibo ended on 88-5 in 20 overs. Mohamed and Thompson claimed 2 wickets each while Daniel had 1-14.
The competition continues today with Essequibo facing defending champions Berbice at the said venue.