Sep 13, 2009 Sports
By Sean Devers
On a murky day at Bourda, former West Indies Under-19 batsman Rajendra Chandrika fashioned a magnificent unbeaten 150 after former National Under-19 pacer Leon Scott had taken 5-65 to put Everest in a strong position against GNIC at the end of the 2nd day of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Cellink 1st division 3-day cricket final yesterday.
When bad light stopped play at 17:28hrs, Everest were 235-4, enjoying a lead of 98 runs going into the final day today after GNIC were bowled out for 137 just after lunch yesterday.
The entire first day on Friday was washed out and yesterday GNIC opted to bat first on a placid track and fast outfield and after a 43-run partnership between National Under-17 player Quincy Ovid-Richardson (14) and Elton Baker (22), they lost wickets regularly.
The 19-year-old Scott, just back from his maiden season in Scotland, bowled impressively to take the first 3 GNIC wickets and then cleaned up the innings 27 minutes after lunch when he Skipper Collis Butts bowled for a top score of 23.
Richard Chaturia (22) and Baker were the only other GNIC batsmen to reach 20 in good batting conditions as Demerara ‘Keeper Joseph Perry had four dismissals behind the stumps.
Chandrika, who turned 20 last month, then played an array of audacious shots and hit 16 fours and 2 effortless sixes from 199 balls and 226 minutes in his undefeated century and by the time the bad light offer was accepted, the elegant right-hander from Enterprise had featured in an unfinished 99-run 5th wicket stand with former Guyana Under-19 leg-spinner Troy Gonsalves (29*).
Earlier, Scott, who last played for Guyana at the Under-19 level in St Kitts in 2007, had Ovid Richardson caught and bowled as he top-edged a flick before having Martin Rajmangal (0) caught behind next ball.
Ronale Bourne (6) cut Skipper Abilash Dookie to gully at 51-3 before Baker gloved a leg-side catch to Perry off Scott as GNIC slipped to 53-4.
Shawn DeSouza (2) then fended a bouncer for Scott to take a very good return catch while Dookie had national Under-19 Captain Dexter Solomon (11) caught behind at 77-6. Perry took his 4th catch when David Dick (16) edged left-arm spinner Javeed Rasheed at 98-7 and by lunch GNIC were 122-7 with Butts and Chaturia trying to stage a recovery.
Chaturia was run out in the 2nd over after the interval, Ken Alphonso ran himself out for a duck and Butts missed a big swing at Scott as the innings ended.
Former West Indies Test opener Ryan Ramdass (14) drove Chaturia to mid-off at 36-1 while Baker removed Chris Patandin (2) 7 runs later.
Dookie (17) was removed by Bourne at 96-3 while Chaturia (2-45) sent back Surendra Herilall (15) at 136-4 even as Chandrika, whose on-driving and cutting behind point was a joy to watch, looked immoveable.
After not being able to get the ball away freely in the 2nd session, Everest looked to increase the scoring rate and Chandrika, who reached his ton from 186 minutes and 135 balls with 10 fours and 2 sixes, upped the tempo in the final session with assistance from Gonsalves to set up what should be a early declaration today.
Only an outright win will gave either team sole ownership of the title and with play scheduled to commence at 09:00hrs today, Everest will be pressing for a win today.
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