By Sean Devers
Pacer Romario Shepherd took 5-23 before Tagenarine Chanderpaul shared in two half-century
stands before falling 25 short of his ton to put West Demerara in a strong position against East Bank on day two of their second round match of the GCB Jaguars three-day Franchise League at Everest yesterday.
Shepherd upstaged Guyana’s Franchise player left-arm seamer Bajan Raymon Reifer (2-27) and off-spinner Richie Looknauth (3-56) as East Bank, resuming the day on 55-2 fell for 160 just after Lunch despite 37 from opener Stephon Browne and 28 each from West Indies ‘A’ team left-hander Vishual Singh and Ershad Ali.
Singh, who leaves for Barbados for a West Indies training camp on Friday, shared in 50-run third wicket stand with Browne before Danny Narayan (25) and Ali put together 59 for the eighth wicket as Shepherd, whose five-wicket haul included West Indies U-19 player Tevin Imlach (14) and Guyana player Steven Jacobs (10) helped West Dem to .7 of a bowling point.
West Demerara with a lead of 93 reached 164-5 by the close enjoying an overall lead of 257 going into today’s final day with Chanderpaul stroking a responsible 75 from 215 minutes and 173 balls with five fours.
The left-handed opener shared in partnerships of 63 for the first wicket with Renaldo Renee (28) and 53 with Kemol Savory (28) for the third wicket before Reifer, who finished unbeaten on 24, put together 32 for the fourth wicket with Chanderpaul as both batsmen made consorted efforts to put their foot on the gas towards the end to give their team enough runs and time to force a win today.
For the third time Chanderpaul fell just short of a landmark playing lose shots but yesterday he could be excused since he was trying to give his team as many runs as possible before the close before he tried to give himself room and was taken at short extra cover off Ali, 15 minutes before stumps were drawn.
Chanderpaul, a 20-year-old former West Indies U-19 batsman has played 15 First-Class matches and has scores of 43, 47 & 75 in his last three innings and yesterday he again built a firm foundation for his team as he and Renee started positively and by Tea West Dem were well set on 57-0.
Chanderpaul slowed down a bit after Renee, who reached the boundary thrice, was removed by left-arm spinner Totaram Bishun and together with Savory batted with common sense and rotated the strike nicely after Ali had trapped Akshaya Persaud (2) at 66-2.
The pair took the score to 119 before Savory edged Browne to the Keeper after reaching the boundary three times. Chanderpaul reached his fifty from 108 balls with five fours and with his illustrious father Shiv Chanderpaul watching, played in a watchful manner.
But as soon as he father left the venue Chanderpaul began to use his feet to the spinners. Reifer also accelerated and slapped Singh for four before pulling a nice juicy full toss from Browne onto the Tennis Court.
Chanderpaul dumped Singh over long-off for six and in fading light, followed it up with a pugnacious drive down the ground for four before Reifer jumped into Browne and lofted him for six to bring up the 150 before Chanderpaul departed.
Kheshram Seyhodan (2) was sent in as night watchman but did not last long being LBW to Ali (3-20) at 157-5. Travis Persaud (2) who made a debut half-century in the first innings and Reifer then took their team to the close with the West side Franchise eying a first session declaration today.
Meanwhile, at Albion, Lower Corentyne resuming on 113-3 in reply to Georgetown’s 212, reached 249-6 with Jonathon Foo following up his first round 152 with 127 before rain which came just before Lunch resulted in play being called off for the day.
At Cumberland, Canje, Essequibo resuming on 111-8 in reply to West Berbice’s 171, fell for 117 and batting a second time West Berbice were 98-2, enjoying a lead of 152 with Shemron Hetymer making 35. Rain at 11:40hrs resulted in the day’s play being abandoned
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