By Zaheer Mohamed
Berbice grabbed first innings points from Essequibo in their first round match of the Guyana Cricket Board/ Igloo Ice Cream U-15 2-day tournament which commenced yesterday at Everest Cricket Club.
In reply to Essequibo first innings total of 124, Berbice closed on 194-7 off their first innings allocation of 38 overs at time on the first day, enjoying a lead of 70.
Essequibo lost their first wicket with the score 15 when Shane Wong (06) spooned a catch to mid off to Junior Williams after they elected to bat. Arnold Adams and Orlando Jailall took the score to 35 before Jailall was bowled by Williams for six. Adams then added a further 15 runs for the third wicket stand with Darshanand Indar before Adams departed for 13.
Indar’s dismissal for 15 triggered a collapse until Joshua Jones and Leonardo Bennett halted the procession somewhat with an eight wicket partnership of 23. Jones clobbered three fours and two sixes in a top score of 30 while Jones who played the supporting role went for eight. Extras contributed 35 but no other batsman managed to reach double figures and Essequibo were bowled out off the last ball off their allotted 38 overs after lunch; fifty five minutes of the day’s play were lost due to rain. Kevin Sinclair claimed 2-1, Williams 2-9, Kres Ramnarine 2-27 and Stephen Kamaledeen 2-41.
In reply, Berbice lost the early wicket of Junior Sinclair (07) LBW to pacer Joshua Jones with the score on 11, but Kevin Sinclair and Surrendra Budhoo stablilised the chase with a second wicket stand of 54 until Vishal Singh got rid of Budhoo for 20 (3×4). Sinclair and Steven Deonarine capitalised on some short bowling by the Essequibians to add a further 68 for the third wicket, taking their team to first innings honours in the process.
After looking set for half century, Deonarine, who smashed Bennett for five fours in an over, top edged a short delivery and caught and bowled by the said bowler for 44 which contained eight fours. However the Essequibians bowling and fielding gradually improved and they got their reward when Sinclair went for 34 (3×4) followed by Kres Ramnarine (00). Junior Williams and Hales Waliers chipped in with 18 each towards the end as Govindra Gobin finished with 2-25 while there was one each for Jones, Benett, Indar and Beesham Moses.
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