Dec 11, 2013 Sports
By Sean Devers
Another mesmerizing spell of leg-spell bowler from Test player Devendra Bishoo and a solid opening partnership gave Berbice the upper hand after day one of their GT&T/Hand-in-Hand senior four-day inter-county clash against Demerara yesterday at the Enmore ground on the East Coast of Demerara.
Bishoo who had 6-57 in the first innings of the first match against the President’s X1 at Everest, finished with 6-50 off 18.8 overs yesterday and got support from fast bowler Keon Joseph who 3-53 as Demerara were bowled out for 161 in the second session.
Berbice in response were 73-3, needing 89 more runs for first innings points going into today’s second day.
Berbice won the toss under a clear blue sky and asked Demerara to bat on a two-paced track with preparation moisture for the first session and a fairly fast outfield. The home team began badly when Rajendra Chandrika (8) was trapped LBW by fast bowler Keon Joseph to leave the score on 12-1 in scorching heat.
Joseph struck again five runs later when he got rid of the left-handed Trevon Griffith (4) as Demerara, who registered an outright win against Berbice at Everest when the teams last met at this level in January, slipped to 17-2.
Former West Indies Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan joined Leon Johnson and together they revived the position by taking the score to 73 before Raun Johnson removed Sarwan, who hit three boundaries in his 28.
Joseph not bowling ‘flat out’ but with good control got rid of the inform Chris Barnwell who seemed set for another big score. Barnwell struck three fours and a six in his 32 and his demise left Demerara on 114-4.
By Lunch the hosts were in trouble on 115-4 with Johnson on 32 and Steven Jacobs, who missed the opening round due to professional commitments in the USA and only arrived in Guyana on Monday evening, yet to score.
Bishoo struck with the third ball after lunch with the score on 116-5 when Jacobs was comprehensively bowled for a duck as a small but vocal crowd watched as Demerara continued to struggle.
Johnson who hit five fours and a six in his 38 was next to go with the score on 125-6; caught at wide mid-on off Bishoo who soon bowled Chris Patandin (7) as the left-hander missed a slog sweep, the defending champions slipping to 133-7 just after lunch.
Bishoo, who took nine wickets in the first round against the President’s X1, then bowled Joseph Perry (9) and had Zaheer Mohamed (11) LBW at 152-9 to pick up his eighth five wicket haul at this level after missing this competition for the last three years.
On a track which still kept low at times but which played much better after lunch when it had dried out, Demerara were all out 90 minutes after lunch when Paul Wintz (10) who was hit in his rib-cage area by a high full toss from Joseph, edged a big swing to Sewnarine Chattergoon at slip as Bishoo finished off the innings.
By Tea Berbice were five without loss from two overs with Chattergoon and 2012 National under-19 right-hander Kandasammy Surujnarine at the crease. Off-spinner Jacobs was introduced after three overs because Wintz was off the field for the last session due to his injury.
However, the openers picked the balls to hit and ran cleverly between the wickets, posting the 50 partnership from 17.2 overs and 61 minutes.
The partnership was finally broken when Surujnarine (31) was removed by former West Indies under-19 leg-spinner Amir Khan, playing on his home ground. Chattergoon (26) then fell to off-spinner Mohamed before Test batsman Assad Fudadin who was in an ultra defense mood, pushed tentatively forward and was trapped LBW to Jacobs just before the close after taking 47 balls for his seven runs.
When stumps were drawn Crandon (12) and night watchman Krisendat Ramoo (0) were the not out batsmen. Play on the second day, today is scheduled to commence at 09:30hrs.
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