Hemraj’s 51 ensure Everest bat all day
By Sean Devers
Left-arm spinner Raj Nanan snatched 7-35 from 13.4 overs, his fourth
five-wicket haul in three games for the season, to destroy GYO at Bourda, while First-Class player Chanderpaul Hemraj’s 51 ensured hosts Everest batted all day against Police despite failures by both Shiv Chanderpaul (14) and his son Tagenarine (10) yesterday on the first day of the latest round of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Hadi’s first division two-day cricket tournament.
The 21-year-old Nanan befuddled the batsmen on a flat track as GYO slumped to 82, their third consecutive double digit total in the competition before National opener Robin Bacchus, who hit eight fours and a six in 57 and Jeetendra Sookdeo, who hammered eight fours and a six in an undefeated 94, shared in a 125-run opening stand to give the Bourda boys a lead of 115 runs going into today’s final day.
GCC were 197-2 in reply to the paltry 82 made by GYO, while Everest reached 219-8 against Police by the close yesterday.
At Bourda, GYO won the toss after early morning showers delayed the start by 105 minutes and by Lunch had reached 39-1 from nine overs. In glorious sunshine under a clear blue sky Nanan, who opened the bowling, trapped Gordon Best for a duck with just a run on the board.
Tretlon Liverpool joined Abdool Raheem and got going by caressing Nanan for four elegant off-side boundaries before lunch as Raheem was content to play the supporting role as Nanan bowled much too flat and fast for a two-innings match.
After the interval, Raheem and Tretlon Liverpool carried the score to 53 before Nanan broke the 52-run partnership by removing Liverpool for 29 decorated with five fours.
After Nanan got rid of Raheem for 18 at 57-3 and off-spinner Gavin Singh sent back Raj Simboo for a duck at 61-4 no other batsman passed one except Skipper Surendra Herilall (18) who was just beginning to look settled before he lost his concentration and his wicket by skying Nanan ‘miles’ into the air for the bowler to take the catch off his own bowling.
GYO, the weakest team in the competition, were bowled out for 38 by DCC last weekend and yesterday in ideal batting conditions, the Woolford Avenue side capitulated from 53-1 to 82 all out; losing nine wickets for 31 runs as five batmen made ducks and another three managed just one.
Gavin Singh supported Nanan with 3-21 for GCC, while Skipper and National left-handed batsman Vishaul Singh, Wicketkeeping for only the second time at first division level, looked quite competent behind the stumps.
When GCC began their reply in sultry conditions, Bacchus and fellow left-hander Sookdeo give their team a solid foundation taking them to Tea at 53 without loss.
After Tea Bacchus top-edged an impetuous sweep at Mark Hamilton and skied a catch to the keeper before Divesh Ramjattan, operating with an unusual action, deceived Elon Fernandes (3) and had him caught and bowled at 130-2.
Sookdeo remained to the close and had as his partner Vishaul Singh unbeaten on 42 with four boundaries.
At Camp Road, in another rain affected game which began 60 minutes late, Everest reached 49-2 by Lunch after the lively Darsen LaRose made the breakthrough by inducing Tagenarine Chanderpaul to chop one onto his stumps at 11-1.
After the interval Everest lost four more wickets including left-handed Test player Shiv Chanderpaul, who was bowled off the inside by Jason Heyliger. Last round’s centurion Joseph Perry (24) and Rajendra Chandrika (20) also departed in sweltering heat as Everest slipped to 167-6 by Tea.
Troy Gonsalves (41) and Guyana player Zaheer Mohamed (11) fell soon after Tea before Raphael Singh (17*) and Chris Surat (16*) stayed together to the end of the day’s play as Heyliger has picked up three wickets so far.
Today is the final day and the action is scheduled to commence at 09:30hrs.
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