Chanderpaul slams 167, 50 for Savory
By Zaheer Mohamed
Demerara are in a comfortable position to take first innings points from the President’s XI when their final round game of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Inter County U-19 3-Day tournament continued yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Bourda.
In reply to Demerara’s mammoth first innings score of 407-7 declared in 127 overs, the President’s XI closed the penultimate day on 152-7 after 61 overs with Damion Waldron on nine and Ronaldo Mohamed on six, trailing by 255 runs.
Demerara resumed on 253-3 with Tagenarine Chanderpaul on 113 and Deonarine Seogobin on four and built their innings in rapid fashion despite losing Seogobin who was bowled by off spinner Waldron playing back to a straighter ball for five in the first session. Kemol Savory joined the level headed Chanderpaul and featured in a fifth wicket stand of 109 to further frustrate the opposition.
Chanderpaul brought up his 150 with a savage pull off Avishkar Sewkarran to the mid wicket boundary. He attained the milestone off 250 balls. Savory, whose fine form in the competition continued, reached the boundary five times and cleared it once before he fell to Ryan Shun for 66 at 369. Shun then had Chanderpaul caught and bowled for a well played 167; he faced 344 balls and cracked fifteen fours and one six.
Demerara lost Steven Sankar (08) before they declared at lunch leaving Ramnarine Chatura unbeaten on 18 and Keon Morris on five. The impressive Waldron was the pick of the bowlers with 4-128 off 45 overs while Shun ended with 2-46 from 15.
The President’s XI lost Ryan Shun early caught at slip flashing at a wide ball from pacer Morris with the score on 18. Sunil Singh and Kareem Mentore steady the innings somewhat with a second wicket stand of 51with sensible batting on a flat surface under blue skies. Mentore was then run out for 18 before Singh threw his bat at a wide delivery from Chanderpaul and was caught by wicket keeper Savory who also had good day behind the stumps. The left handed Singh faced 94 balls and slammed five fours.
Nick Ramsaroop and Sewkarran then put together 36 for fourth wicket stand to take their team past the tripple figure mark. The duo was hardly troubled by the opposition bowlers as they middled the ball well until Sewkarran missed a quicker delivery from Sankar and was LBW for 15. Ramsaroop smashed Sankar to the mid wicket boundary then drove him along the ground for another four, but was smartly caught by Sherfene Rutherford the very next delivery attempting to go over the in field. He departed for 36 (4×4). Morris removed Michael Shalim (14) while Rutherford sent back Vishwantal Ramlakhan (00) before the stumps were drawn. Morris and Sankar have so far taken two scalps each, while Chanderpaul and Rutherford have one apiece.
Today’s play resume at 10:00hrs and Demerara will need a further eleven points to win the tournament overall.
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