Fudadin’s ‘double’ gives Berbice massive lead against E’bo
The Rest team kept their chances of taking the title ahead of the 3 county teams by putting themselves in a strong position to take first innings points from Demerara at the Police ground yesterday on the 2nd day of their 4-Day Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) senior cricket match.
And National left-hander and Berbice Captain Assad Fudadin registered his 2nd double hundred against Essequibo to give his team a massive 448-run lead with 2 wickets standing going into the penultimate day of their match at the Anna Regina ground in Region 2.
Replying to the 444 made by the Rest Team, Demerara were still 133 runs away from 1st innings points at 312-8 as Krishna Deosarran led the way with 61.
In the City, the Rest Team resumed on 364-5 and overnight batsmen Deon Ferrier (71) and Royan Fredericks (41) carried the score to 424 before Ferrier seemed unlucky to be given out caught at gully to off-spinner Steven Jacobs to trigger a lower order collapse which saw the last 5 wickets tumble for 40 runs.
Jacobs finished with his 2nd 5-wicket haul in the competition (5-109 from 25 overs) and got support from pacer Leon Scott (2-78 from14) and Skipper Zaheer
Mohamed (2-100 from 23) as Demerara fought back on a placid pitch and fast outfield after the Rest team had dominated the opening day.
Demerara began badly when Shemroy Barrington (5) remained out of his crease after missing a delivery from pacer Seon Daniels and was stumped by Derwin Christian who threw the wicket down; standing back to leave the score on 6-1.
Off-spinner Stephen Latcha (5-91 from 25 overs) then picked up the first wicket in his maiden 5-wicket haul when he removed former West Indies under-19 player Rajendra Chandrika (45) at 102-3 before West Indies ODI player Leon Johnson failed to capitalise on a batting paradise and was leg before to Latcha (0) without addition to the score.
Krishna Deosarran batted well for 61 before he fell to Latcha while Gajanand Singh (49), Steven Jacobs (43) and Chris Barnwell (45) all failed to convert solid starts into big scores as Latcha bowled well although he extracted very little turn from the placid pitch.
Mohamed (22) and Joseph Perry (15) were the not out batsmen while left-arm spinner Sauid Drepaul, who had Singh stumped and bowled Jacobs who strangely played no shot to a ball on his stumps and was bowled, took 2-60.
Christian, who made 130 on the first day, had 2 stumpings and 2 catches behind the stumps as he enjoyed a productive match both in front and behind the wickets.
On the Essequibo Coast, Berbice resumed on 128-1 replying to Essequibo’s paltry 105 and by the close had posted a huge 533-8 with Fudadin, who scored his 1st double at this level at DCC against the same opposition, made 208 and shared in an entertaining 196-run 2nd wicket stand with debutant Artley Bailey who made 79.
Ranga Latchana (85) and National under-19 Skipper Anthony Bramble (54*) also cashed in on the hapless Essequibo attack as Guyana under-19 left-arm spinner Anthony Adams took 5-109 from 31 overs and veteran Skipper Ramesh Narine had 2-17.
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