By Zaheer Mohamed
East Coast Demerara (ECD) put themselves in a comfortable position to register an outright victory against Upper Corentyne when the second round of the Guyana Cricket Board Jaguars three-day League continued yesterday.
Set 117 for victory, East Coast closed the second and penultimate day on 33-1 having lost opener Bhaskar Yadram who was bowled for 20 by off-spinner Arif Chan in the last over of the day’s play at Enterprise. Gavin Boodwah is on five.
In reply to the visitors first innings score of 149, East Coast who resumed on 129-6 were bowled out for 227 in the first session. Rajendra Chandrika and Ameer Khan who began on 31 and 14 respectively batted positively as they added a further 55 on a pitch which rendered much assistance to the spinners as the game progressed. Soon after reaching his half century off 70 balls Chandrika hoisted Eon Hooper for a maximum before he was lbw to Troy Gonsalves for 69; he hit seven fours and one six. Gonsalves then removed Paul Wintz (05) and Steven Sankar (03) to leave the score at 200-9. Khan wasn’t afraid to play his shots and cracked five fours to remain unbeaten on 50 off 100 balls while Shawn Pereira accounted for last man Gavin Moriah (05). Pereira claimed 3-34, Hooper 3-36 and Gonsalves 3-54.
Trailing by 78, Upper Corentyne lost Jason Sinclair who was bowled by Vivian Albert for seven before Assad Fudadin and Joshua Ramsammy took the score to 53. While Fudadin looked untroubled, Albert picked up Ramsammy for five, while Sankar removed Clinton Pestano for 11, reducing Upper Corentyne to 81-3. However, Fudadin and Anthony Bramble steadied the innings somewhat with a fourth wicket stand of 55.
Bramble was his usual aggressive self, smashing Albert for three consecutive sixes while Fudadin mixed aggression with defence, gathering runs on both sides of the pitch. However, leg spinner Kamesh Yadram provided East Coast with the breakthrough by having Bramble stumped for 36. He then had Gonsalves caught for two leaving Upper Corentyne in trouble at 142-5.
Despite losing wickets around him, Fudadin stood firm and a huge Upper Corentyne lead largely depended on him. After reaching his half century, the left-hander smashed Khan and Sankar for maximums as he continued to look dangerous. But a lapse in concentration cost him his wicket – he lofted Yadram to long-off after smashing five well- timed fours and three towering sixes; he departed for 70 off 148 balls.
Despite Yadram bowling with control, the remaining batsmen showed little application with the last four wickets only managing 48 runs. Yardam sent back Arif Chan (11) and Keon Sinclair (00), while Albert had Hooper stumped for 13 before Chanderpaul Hemraj wrapped up the innings by trapping Omesh Mathura lbw for four; Upper Corentyne were bowled out for 194 as 15 wickets tumbled on day two. Yadram bagged 5-34 from 13 overs, while Albert had 3-57.
Play continues at 09:30 hrs today.
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