First-Class opener Krishna Arjune stroked a splendid unbeaten 133 for his new club GNIC while another First-Class player, Zaheer Mohamed was unbeaten on 73 for Enterprise on the opening day of their latest Demerara Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) National 3-day cricket matches on Sunday.
Arjune’s ton was decorated with 7 fours and put GNIC on 247-3 against host Everest while David Dick supported with an unbeaten 46 after national under-17 opener Quincy Ovid-Richardson made 34 and Elton Baker chipped in with 24. Former Guyana under-19 Leg spinner Rakesh Goberdan has so far taken 2-47 after the entire first session was affected by rain.
At Enterprise on the East Coast, the University of Guyana (UG) continued to show they are not yet ready for this level and were bowled out for 78 as under-15 spinner Kavesh Yadram had 4-25 and off-spinner Mohamed 3-21.
Mohamed then struck 7 fours and a six as he ended the opening day 27 short of his maiden 3-day century as Enterprise finished on 162-2 with a first innings lead of 84. Parmanand Dindyal was undefeated on 51 and has so far shared in an unfinished century partnership with Mohamed.
At MSC in another rain affected game, Guyana keeper Derwin Christian clobbered 6 fours and a six in a pugnacious 44 while Deonauth Baksh hit 4 fours in his undefeated 35 as DCC raced to 142-2 against Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC).
First-Class opener Chris Barnwell also failed to build on a flying start and fell for 41 with 6 fours. Demerara left-arm spinner Damien Vantull has so far taken 2-27 for the visitors.
At Bourda, in a game which began just after Tea, Transport Sports Club (TSC) were struggling on 79-4 with Chandra Persaud not out on 16 after Kevin Alphonso (28) and Steven Alves (21) showed some resistance.
At Lusignan, Police, on the back of a 124-run 2nd wicket stand between Rawle Browne (75) and Shameer Fazal (21) reached 233-7 against the home team. Browne smashed 10 and a 6 before he fell 25 short of his century.
National selectee Trevor Benn (25) and Pernell London (23) also chipped in with the bat for the Cops as Vishnu Ramjeet (3-55) and Anil Haniff (2-40) shared 5 wickets between them.
And New Line Cavaliers, who like UG are in their debut 3-day first division season, are claiming a walk over against Nandy Park who failed to show up for their encounter on the East Bank of Demerara. The West Demerara Cavaliers side beat DCC and drew with MSC and if they get full points from their 3rd round game will be in a commanding position to hunt championship honours.
The matches continue on Saturday.
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