By Sean Devers
Watched by a gathering of spectators which included ex-West Indies Captain Clive Lloyd
and former Guyana players Mark Harper and Claude St John, left-handed Deonarine Seegobin fashioned an unbeaten 123 to put GCC in firm control on the opening day of their GCA noble House Seafoods second division two-day cricket semi-final contest at Bourda yesterday.
When stumps were drawn on a batsman-dominated day, GCC had reached an imposing 326-6 against Everest and with the follow-on target being 100 for a two-day match, the Bourda boys are in a commanding position to declare overnight and attempt to bowl out Everest twice on a track that is offering prodigious turn.
Everest won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first on a pitch with plenty of preparation moisture in sweltering heat at a venue that produced the first ever West Indies Test match win in 1930. They lost Martin Pestano-Bell (11) at 22-1 as Troy Gonsalves, bowling medium pace, made the early break-through.
Khemraj Jaikarran (21) and fellow left-hander Elon Fernandes (39) carried the score to 60 before Jaikarran touched a catch to the keeper from one that spun from left-arm spinner Javed Rasheed.
Fernandes dumped Rasheed for a couple of sixes into the Members Pavilion and on top of the Rohan Kanhai stand even though off-spinner Christopher Surat extracted plenty of turn from the slow track and especially troubled the left-handers.
The pair took the score to 91 before Stanford T20 player Saheed Mohamed had Fernandes LBW
after he hit three fours and two sixes in an entertaining innings.
National youth player Renaldo Mohamed (13) was run out at 116-4 but by Lunch Seegobin and Gavin Singh had joined forces to take GCC to 158-4 as the lads from Camp Road chased leather all day.
After the interval Seegobin deposited Rasheed almost onto Regent Street for six but was dropped at short leg off Mohamed. Seegobin rode his luck and hammered Surat for contrasting boundaries before Singh smashed Raphael Singh for two blistering fours in the same over as the partnership flourished.
Singh (38) was removed by Mohamed at 185-5 to end a 69-run partnership between the pair before Seegobin was joined by Devon Lord as Seegobin played a number of audacious shots, dominating a 106-run stand with Lord before Lord was bowled by Surat for a cameo 38 to leave GCC on 291-6.
Bernard Bailey climbed into Rasheed in the last over of the day, hitting him into the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground before punishing the spinner for four over long on. Mohamed took 2-86 but the day belonged to Seegobin who reached the boundary 10 times in his undefeated knock.
Today is the final day and play is scheduled to commence at 10:30 hrs and today’s winner will oppose DCC in the Final.
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