Barnwell, Chandrika, Adams hit 50s, four-wicket hauls for Adams, Persaud
By Zaheer Mohamed
Left hander Ricardo Adams fashioned his second half century of the match to guide Essequibo to a
137- run lead against Demerara after day two of the third round of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) senior four-day inter County tournament yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club.
Adams has so far faced 116 balls and reached the boundary seven times to remain unbeaten on 64 as Essequibo closed the day on 101-6, with him is Mark Tyrell who is yet to score.
Led by four-wicket hauls from Hemchand Persaud and Anthony Adams, Essequibo bowled out the home team for 227 in the second hour after lunch, after they had resumed on 60-2, to take a 36-run lead.
Left arm spinner Hemchand Persaud sent back night watchman Amir Khan (07) and skipper Vishal Singh (17) to leave the score at 113-4 before Rajendra Chandrika and Christopher Barnwell added 52 for the fifth wicket to steady the innings. Chandrika drove Persaud for fours before cutting fast bowler Ronsford Beaton through backward point, while Barnwell got off the mark with a straight six off Persaud. The duo mixed aggression with defence and rotated the strike well on a flat pitch.
Barnwell was quick to take advantage of the bad balls and hit Persaud for another boundary before Chandrika drove Anthony Adams through covers. But after reaching his half century off 60 balls with seven fours, Chandrika was caught off Anthony Adams for 52. Adams then bowled Zaheer Mohamed (00), reducing Demerara to 165-6.
Barnwell and Joseph Perry then saw their team to lunch at 181-6 with level headed batting in brilliant sunshine. The pair frustrated the Essequibians somewhat after the interval, but Adams ended their resistance with the wicket of Perry (20) after he had shared in a seventh wicket stand of 52. While Barnwell was timing the ball well and soon reached his fifty, wickets continued to fall regularly at the other end. Adams trapped Paul Wintz (00) before Raj Nanan (01) was run out with the score on 224. Barnwell batted for 74 minutes and struck four
fours and one six off 57 balls before he was the last wicket to fall, caught on the long-on boundary off Persaud who was the pick of the bowlers with 4-57, while Adams had 4-65.
Batting a second time, Essequibo lost the early wicket of Ricardo Peters (00) who was removed by Wintz with the score on five. After Kevon Boodie retired hurt on two, Royan Fredericks (12) and Ricardo Adams took the score to 30 before Fredericks was caught off Raj Nanan. Adams drove Barnwell through covers and pulled him for boundaries through mid-wicket early in his innings. He added 38 for the third wicket with Mark Gonsalves who was dismissed for two. Adams batted untroubled; he struck the ball powerfully and smashed Nanan for a four and a six before Essequibo lost Anthony Adams (06), Tulsieram Premnauth (01) and Brian Hubert (07) just before time. Khan and Mohamed have so far taken two wickets each; Nanan and Wintz have one apiece.
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