By Zaheer Mohamed
A fine half century by Ricardo Adams propelled Essequibo to a respectable 263 before
they were bowled out in the final session of the first day of their third round Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) senior four-day Inter County match yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Bourda.
Demerara closed the day on 60-2 facing 19.2 overs with night watchman Amir Khan not out on eight. Opener Shemroy Barrington was bowled in the final over of the day for 20 while Trevon Griffith was dismissed for 32.
Royan Fredericks and Kevon Boodie added 43 for the opening stand after Essequibo decided to bat on a flat track. Fredericks drove pacer Paul Wintz for fours while Boodie pulled Seon Daniels through mid-wicket and drove Wintz for boundaries.
Medium pacer Christopher Barnwell provided the breakthrough when he had Boodie caught at gully for 19 after the batsman had hit him for a boundary. Barnwell then had Ricardo Peters (08) caught by wicketkeeper Joseph Perry, pulling at a short ball.
Fredericks drove Barnwell for four and cut Zaheer Mohamed for another, but after doing the hard work he was taken off Mohamed for 40 (8×4) after facing 64 balls, leaving the score at 73-3.
Ricardo Adams and Mark Gonsalves resurrected the innings with a fourth wicket stand of 82. Adams mixed aggression with defense; he dispatched Wintz to the point and cover boundaries and drove Mohamed for four.
Mohamed was guilty of pitching too short to Adams on several occasions and the left hander wasted little time in taking advantage. Gonsalves supported the solid looking Adams, rotating the strike well and was quick to pounce on the bad balls.
After reaching his half century off 61 balls with eleven fours, Adams turned for a double and was run out after he was sent back by Gonsalves for 52. Without addition to the total Gonsalves was caught off leg spinner Amir Khan for 25.
However debutant Tulsieram Premnauth and skipper Anthony Adams (16) featured in a sixth wicket stand of 48. Premnauth attacked from the onset, dumping Khan for sixes and driving Mohamed for fours.
He faced 29 balls and stroked three sixes and five four’s before he was dismissed for 44. Khan picked up two more quick wickets, but Brian Hubert propped up the total with an attacking 40. Hubert drove Mohamed and Khan for boundaries before he played across to a straight ball from Khan and was lbw to be the ninth wicket to fall.
Khan was the pick of the bowlers with 4-54 while Barnwell captured 3-27. Griffith drove fast bowlers Ronsford Beaton and Mark Tyrell for fours to get Demerara reply underway in fine fashion. He and Barrington rotated the strike well before Essequibo removed them both just before the close. Royan Fredericks and Hemchand Persaud have so far taken one wicket each.
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