Despite 94 from E’bo’s Norwayne Fredericks
By Sean Devers at Blairmont
On a day blessed with brilliant sunshine National T20 opener Richard Ramdeen yesterday fashioned a belligerent maiden century and added 180 for the first wicket with Test left-hander Sewnarine Chattergoon as Berbice hammered Essequibo by 8 wickets with 19.1 overs to spare in their opening El Dorado 50-over Inter-county cricket match at Blairmont.
Overnight rain reduced to game to a 48-over per side affair after a 30-minute late start and former Guyana youth opener Norman Fredericks fell six short of becoming the first Essequibian to score a senior limited overs inter-county ton as Essequibo reached 210-7 off 48 overs.
The 22-year-old Ramdeen, who played 5 under-19 ODIs for the West Indies in 2006, then launched a vicious attack on the bowlers, smashing 12 fours and 3 sixes from 62 balls in his pugnacious 102 while Chattergoon’s unbeaten 86 lasted 89 balls and was decorated with 10 fours and a six as the home team raced to 211-2 off 28.5 overs.
Asked to bat on a sluggish track, a good size crowd saw the Fredericks siblings (Norwayne and Royan) give Essequibo a solid 91-run start before Royan (24) became off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine’s first of 3 victims.
The belated introduction of Deonarine (10-2-38-3) and leg-spinner’s Davendra Bishoo’s spell (10-0-36-0) never allowed the Essequibians to capitalise on their good foundation as Deonarine removed Delon Heyliger (12) and his brother Jason (0) in the space of a run as Essequibo slipped to 127-3 in 34 overs.
Navishal Pooran (4) was run out at 145-4 in the 38th over before Trevor Benn and Norwayne Fredericks departed in the space of 8 runs to leave the visitors on 168-6 in the 44th over.
A cameo unbeaten 20-ball 34 with 4 fours and a six from Balchan Shivamber and a run-a-ball 10 from Robert Moore ensured the visitors passed 200 as Essequibo scored 32 runs in their last four overs.
Norwayne looked accomplished from the time he stroked Esuan Crandon behind square and drove him down the ground for boundaries after being out down at slip off Keon Joseph on 2 in 2nd over of the game. Esuan Crandon (6-0-21-0) and Joseph (6-0-15-0) ensured the brothers did not change gear and although left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul bowled a little too quickly on the ‘spin friendly track’ he finished with 1-40 from 9 overs as the innings stuttered in the middle overs.
Royston Crandon’s part time off-spin was surprisingly used ahead of the more accomplished Deonarine and failed to make an impression against the left-handers.
Fredericks reached his 50 from 82 balls with a boundary over cover off Permaul and celebrated with a one-bounce four over mid-wicket next ball before he was dropped on the mid-wicket fence as Jonathon Foo parried the ball for six off Deonarine with Fredericks on 79.
The left-handed Fredericks ‘ran out of gas’ as he approached his ton and was content to pick up singles until he swept Royston Crandon, who gave away 52 runs from his 7 overs, to deep mid wicket to end a fine knock.
Strangely asked to bowl at the death with both new ball bowlers available, Royston
Crandon was struck for 2 fours in his penultimate over by Shivamber who ended the innings in style with a 6 and a 4 off consecutive balls from the expensive Royston Crandon.
Ramdeen, who scored a breezy 32 on his national T20 debut in South Africa last month, got going with 2 boundaries off Benn before taking 4 fours off Delon Heyliger to the delight of the patrician crowd. Chattergoon stroked Benn for successive square-driven boundaries as Berbice galloped to 50 in just 4.2 overs.
The pair continued their assault on the hapless bowlers before Ramdeen who was dropped on 48 and 73, was bowled by Jason Heyliger at 180-1 in the 22nd over. His 50 came from 33 balls and his 2nd 50 from 27 balls and his nonchalant six off Norwayne Fredericks was a memorable as his innings.
Sent in at number three, Foo missed a sweep off Royan Fredericks with victory 6 runs away and was LBW for 13 while Chattergoon, who reached his 50 from 44 balls, remained to the end.
Today Berbice will need to improve their bowling if they hope to restrict the powerful Demerara side which includes Shiv Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Travis Dowlin, to a small total when the teams clash from 09:30hrs at Bourda in the 2nd round of the competition.
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