By Zaheer Mohamed
Sherfene Rutherford and Winston Forester stroked centuries as Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) and
Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) recorded victories when the semi finals of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)/New Building Society (NBS) second division 40-over tournament were contested yesterday.
Rutherford struck an unbeaten 107 as host DCC successfully chased 181 to beat Everest CC by eight wickets. Everest loss opener Ronald Renee lbw to Rutherford for seven after they decided to bat in favourbale sunshine before Akshaya Persaud and Dwayne Adams added 56 for the second wicket with level-headed batting. Persaud timed the ball sweetly as he took boundaries off Carlton Jacques and Rutherford before he top edged a hook off Rutherford to be caught at mid-wicket for 38; He cracked five fours and one six. Adams was his usual aggressive self; hitting three fours and one six before he was caught off the pacy Rutherford for 24.
Skipper Khemraj Ramdeen was stumped off Ashmead Nedd for 11, but Troy Gonsalves held the innings together with intelligent stroke play. The right-handed Gonsalves hit the ball with power as he reached the boundary thrice and cleared it once before he was dismissed for a fluent 52. The rest of the batting failed to click as Everest were bowled out in 32 overs. Nedd finished with 4-32 and Rutherford 4-50.
DCC suffered an early set back when teenage opener Sachin Singh was bowled by Saheed Mohamed without scoring in the first over with the score one. However, Raymond Perez and Rutherford steadied the chase fairly before Perez, who drove Gonsalves for fours through covers and mid-on, was unfortunately run out – the ball being driven straight by Rutherford hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end after touching the bowler’s hand – Perez was out of his ground.
But Rutherford who was joined by Andrew Gibson played aggressively; the left-hander was quick to take advantage of the bad balls and gathered runs on both sides of the pitch with relative ease.
Everest needed to be sharp with their fielding if they were to successfully defend their total, but they didn’t. Rutherford could have been taken, but the fielders at mid-wicket allowed the ball to drop between them just inside the boundary before rolling over the ropes off Javed Rasheed.
Undaunted, the talented Rutherford took the bowlers apart, he smashed Akshaya Persaud for four sixes in an over before hitting a Dwayne Adams full toss for a maximum to bring up his well deserved century. He smashed seven fours and eight sixes to remain unbeaten on 107, while Gibson was not out on 37 as DCC won the duel in 26.1 overs. Mohamed had 1-31.
At Bourda, GCC led by 107 from Forrester beat Transport Sports Club (TSC) by 73 runs. Batting first, the host rattled up 220-6. Forrester and Manny Forde laid the foundation with a first wicket stand of 86 before Forde was dismissed for 16. Forrester then anchored the innings as he shared in a second wicket partnership of 66 with Martin Pestano Belle who made 25. Forrester clobbered eleven fours and one six in a well composed 107, while Devon Lord was the next best scorer with 22. Azeem Azeez, Shawn Massiah and Oslyn Boston claimed two wickets each.
Charwayne McPherson and Chemroy Kendell added 50 for the first wicket to give TSC a bright start but after Kendell departed for 19, TSC never really recovered and were bowled out for 147 in 31.1 overs. McPherson scored 31 and Massiah 27. Lord claimed 3-18, Forrester 2-16, Deonarine Seegobin 2-22 and Steffan Wilson 2-36.
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