Hadi’s First division cricket…Ovid-Richardson’s explosive 81 spurs GNIC to 1st Innings points
By Sean Devers
GNIC’s Quincy Ovid-Richardson unleashed a brutal onslaught on the GYO bowlers and was especially severe on former national youth pacer Leon Scott in his pugnacious 81 to spur his team to first innings points at the end of the opening day in the Hadi’s first division two-day cricket competition for teams in the City.
Played at the MSC ground in glorious sunshine, GNIC won the toss and reached 188-6 by the close of day one in reply to GYO’s 176 all out, minutes before Tea on a track which offered encouraging pace and bounce.
Ovid-Richardson played an array of shots, especially hooks, pulls and cuts before he was eventually bowled off of his pad when 19 short of what would have been an entertaining ton.
The right-hander clobbered 14 fours and a hooked six off Scott, whose first spell of six overs cost 59 runs. Richardson, who added 73 for the first wicket with Marc Nickelson (20), galloped to his 50 from just 24 balls on the heavy outfield.
Richardson was not afraid to take on anything short from the fast bowlers with some vintage hooks, one of which crashed into mid-wicket boundary like a scud missile.
After medium pacer Abilash Dookie, who finished with three wickets, induced Nickelson to edge a catch to the Keeper, National Under-15 Skipper Bhaskar Yadram, he also removed National Under-19 batsman Ryan Shun (2) and the dangerous Ovid-Richardson to leave GNIC on 130-3.
Left-arm spinner Trevon France, making his debut for GYO then snapped up Renole Bourne (16) and Dexter Soloman (0) in two balls as GNIC slipped to 149-5.
However, when Alister Ifill (14) played an irresponsible swipe and skied a catch to point off Kavesh Yadram just before the close GNIC had already secured first innings points. Delroy Charles (23*) and Premnauth Sookdeo (6*) were unbeaten when the bails were lifted with GNIC holding a slim 12-run lead with six wickets in hand going into today’s final day.
Earlier, GYO reached 86-3 by Lunch after losing Dookie (3) former Guyana Under-19 Captain Kwame Cross (12) and Wazeer Mohamed, who seemed unlucky to be adjudged LBW to Deswin Butts for 30 with four fours.
The left-handed Kamesh Yadram did not last long after the interval and also seemed unfortunate to be given LBW to Butts for 37, decorated with five fours and two sixes to leave GYO on 92-4.
Arif Habib (4) and Surendra Heeralall (13) were both removed by off-spinner Sookdeo whose action looked very suspect, and all of a sudden GYO were on the back foot at 106-6.
But Scott who finished undefeated on a robust 51 with three fours and four sixes consolidated the position with a 40-run ninth wicket stand with the younger Yadram (7) before Bhaskar Yadram and France departed in quick succession leaving Scott stranded. Rawle Merel Butts and Sookdeo each picked up two wickets. Today play is scheduled to commence at 09:30hrs.