By Sean Devers
Everest, Transport Sports Club (TSC) and DCC all had to settle for first innings at the end of a rain hit final day of their Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Hadi’s World Inc first division two-day cricket competition yesterday.
Heavy overnight and intermittent rain throughout the afternoon condemned all three matches to draws with not a ball being bowled on the second day at DCC in their contest against GNIC.
At Camp Road, Chanderpaul resumed on 131 and added 124 for the fourth wicket with Joseph (59) before Everest eventually fell for 365 an hour after tea, at which time the Umpires put a premature end to the fixture with just under an hour and a half left in the match.
Scores: GCC (172), Everest (365)
Everest resumed on 216-3 and continued the grid GCC into the ground as the Bourda Boy produced a sloppy fielding display despite a five-wicket haul from off-spinner Tariq Dharmlall on the large ground.
Wicketkeeper Perry once again contributed with the bat before he was removed by Dharmlall at 244-4 to break the century stand. The resolute 17-year-old Chanderpaul, with nine First-Class matches to his name, was in ultra defensive mode in his painstaking innings which last 324 balls.
The left-hander, who posted his maiden division one century on Saturday, before falling 21 short of what would have been his second career double century following his ‘double’ at the under-15 level against Transport.
After hitting 24 fours and two sixes in his responsible but subdued knock, the son of prolific Test Shiv Chanderpaul, played a rare impetuous shot when he tried to clear the in-field off the delivery which ‘stopped’ on him and skied a catch to mid-on off Dharmlall who toiled for 34.4 overs for his 5-113.
After Chanderpaul’s demise at 346-6, Troy Gonsalves (37) and Adrian Singh (22) contributed with the bat towards the end. Singh supported Dharmlall with three wickets.
At Eve Leary, the 29-year-old Devon Nandan notched up an even ton decorated with 11 fours and four sixes and off-spinner Kevin Ross had a match haul of 9-98 for TSC against the Lawmen who ended the match on 114-6 in their second innings.
Scores: Police (187 & 114-6), TSC (254).
Played in mostly overcast conditions, TSC began the day on 189-6 enjoying a slim two-run first innings lead and extended it to 67 by the time they were bowled out.
Nandan played an array of audacious shots during his ton as pacer Seon Daniels took 3-27 while left-arm pacer Randy Knights (2-21) and Kelvin Letch (2-57) bowled well on a slow track for the Cops.
Knights hit three fours and a six in an undefeated 28 before bad light stopped play five minutes before the scheduled 17:30 hrs close as the 39-year-old Ross followed up his 6-68 in the first innings with 3-36 in the second with tempting flight to the indecisive Police batsmen, operating into the wind with the small straight boundary behind him.
At DCC, a wet ground denied the home team a possible win, after GNIC were set to follow-on today. DCC made 352-7 declared on the back of a typically pugnacious 165 from Christopher Barnwell and dismissed GNIC on the stroke of close of play on the opening day for 167.
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