Hand-in-Hand/GT&T Inter-County cricket…
By Sean Devers
West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo grabbed 6-57 to wreck the President’s XI innings on the stroke of stumps on the second day of their Hand-in-Hand/GT&T four-day senior Inter-County Cricket match against Berbice at the Everest ground.
The 28-year-old Berbician, who has not played an Inter-County four-day game in three years,
produced a mesmerizing spell in overcast conditions as the President’s XI slipped from 69-2 to 185 despite a solid 55 from pint size left-hander Vishal Singh.
The 24 year-old Singh, who has played nine First-Class games from 2009-2011, reached the boundary just three times on the heavy outfield in the truncated day’s play before he was sixth out at 158 to an injudicious shot off Bishoo who sent down 26.4 overs.
Play began 30 minutes early because the entire first was washed out on Thursday and when a drizzle sent to players scurrying off the field 44 minutes before Lunch, the President’s X1 were 92 -3 from 32 overs on a sluggish track after West Berbice pacer Raul Johnson had removed both openers.
In conditions which aided swing bowling, they orchestrated the demise of Shemroy Barrington (7) at 22-1 and Robin Bacchus, who struck three fours in 24 to leave the score on 45-2.
West Indies ODI off-spinner Royston Crandon, who finished with 2-30 from 13 overs, removed Ryan Ramdass who played his solitary Test in Sri Lanka in 2005, LBW for 24 as the right-hander missed a sweep shot at 69-3.
The diminutive Singh, the President’s X1 Skipper, was unbeaten on 24 at the interval while teenager Dominique Ricky was with him on seven.
The Ground staff forgot to put the covers on the bowler’s run up when they covered the pitch and although the sun came out after lunch and the Umpires inspected the ground and passed it fit for play, a soggy area on the bowler’s run up caused a delay which resulted in the entire second session being lost.
When play resumed in English-like conditions after Tea, Ricky (9) was trapped LBW to Bishoo at 94-4, while Shemroy Hetymer (17) played too early to Crandon and was taken at extra cover at 137-5.
Impetuous shot selection and the probing Bishoo, who began at this level in 2006, combined to cause a dramatic collapse as the last five wickets tumbled for just 23 runs.
Once the dogged Singh, who has a single First-Class fifty to his name, was dismissed by Bishoo, they slumped from 158-6 to their eventual total as Bishoo befuddled the lower order to finish with his seventh five-wicket haul at this level.
Jason Sinclair (19) and Kelon Carmichael (15) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures as Johnson and Crandon supported Bishoo, who has 40 wickets from 11Tests, with two wickets each.
Today is the penultimate day and play is scheduled to commence at 09:00hrs.
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