By Zaheer Mohamed
Led by an elegant 93 from skipper Narsingh Deonarine and a six-wicket haul from left arm spinner Gudakesh Motie Kanhai, Berbice defeated Essequibo by nine wickets in two days in their second round match of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) senior four-day Inter County tournament at the Demerara Cricket Club yesterday.
Deonarine’s innings which came off 83 balls helped his team to a first innings lead of 100 before Motie Kanhai’s heroics sent Essequibo packing for 166 in their second innings in last session, setting Berbice a target of 67 which they achieved for the loss of one wicket in 10.3 overs.
In reply to Essequibo first innings score of 173, Berbice resumed on their overnight total of 86-3 with Deonarine on 43 and Jonathan Foo on 13 and were bowled out just before lunch for 273 after facing 69.1 overs.
Deonarine and Foo extended their stand to 182 with levelheaded batting on a track which saw stroke play becoming easier as play progressed. The duo rotated the strike nicely and executed some handsome shots on both sides of the wicket.
Both Foo and Deonarine took boundaries off Anthony Adams looking almost untroubled in the first hour. The left handed Deonarine soon brought up his fifty off 83 balls with a six over mid-wicket off Brain Hubert.
However medium pacer Hubert found the edge of Deonairne’s bat, but the ball dropped just short of Royan Fredericks standing at first slip. Foo pulled Ricardo Adams over the mid-wicket ropes before he was lbw in the same over for 33, facing 80 balls.
Deonarine continued to time the ball well and drove Hubert effortlessly through covers. He punched Ricardo Adams for a four, smashed him over the long-on boundary and drove him down the ground for four.
Off-spinner Royan Fredericks had Anthony Bramble caught at mid-wicket for 19 with the score at 221-5 before Deonarine was caught at gully off Ricardo Adams without addition to the score. He faced 119 balls and hammered 11 fours and two sixes.
Romario Shepherd and Veerasammy Permaul then featured in a seven-wicket stand of 42. Shepherd cut Ricardo Adams through point and pulled Anthony Adams through mid-wicket, while Permaul hoisted Hemchand Persaud for a maximum.
Shepherd was then caught off Anthony Adams for 25 before Persaud had Permaul taken in the deep for 18 leaving the score at 255-8. Persaud removed Motie-Kanhai (04) and Raun Johnson (04) to finish with 3-25 off six overs. Ricardo Adams and Royan Fredericks claimed 2-46 each and Anthony Adams 2-67.
Fredericks and Ricardo Peters commenced Essequibo’s second innings positively with a stand of 51. Pacers Keon Joseph and Johnson gave the openers some testing moments early on, but they carefully negotiated their way.
Deonarine’s decision to replace the pacers enabled Peters to free his arm somewhat. The right hander swept Permaul for four and flicked De Jonge neatly off the pads through midwicket. However Permaul provided his team with the breakthrough when he had Fredericks caught at forward short leg for 12.
Peters played with maturity and added 56 for the second wicket with Anthony Adams to frustrate the Berbicians somewhat. Adams pulled Permaul for four and dumped him for six over midwicket. Peters executed some lusty blows; he smashed Motie Kanhai for a maximum and drove Deonarine through long off and soon brought up his fifty off 66 balls. He continued to gather his runs almost untroubled and hoisted Permaul out of the ground, but after doing the hard work, he attempted another big shot and was bowled by Kanhai after facing 107 balls in 188 minutes.
Following his dismissal Essequibo suffered a collapse, losing eight wickets for 65 runs. Anthony Adams made 40, while Kanhai finished with 6-39, Deonarine 3-34 and Permaul 1-40. Surujnairne set the Berbicians on course with a stroke-filled unbeaten 45 (6×4 1×6), Seon Hetmyer was the wicket to fall for 17; Persaud took 1-7.
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