Apr 11, 2018 Sports
Story and photos by Sean Devers
An accomplished unbeaten half century from National U-19 right-hander Alex Algoo put Berbice in charge when bails were lifted on the opening day of the first round of their Three-Day Hand-in-Hand U-19 Inter-County cricket match against Essequibo at the Lusignan ground on the East Coast of Demerara yesterday.
Algoo, stroked eight fours in his 157-ball 83 which lasted 208 minutes and shared in a 79-run stand with fellow Guyana U-19 player Kevlon Anderson who made 38.
Berbice ended the day on 146-3 replying to Essequibo’s paltry 80 all out in 37.5 overs, 22 minutes after Lunch.
Kevin Christian (17), Orlando Jailall (13), Quinton Sampson (18) and Joshua Jones (13) all cleared the boundary at least once, but none of them reached 20 in a disappointing, but not surprising batting performance since no two-innings cricket is played in Essequibo at any level.
Off-spinner Karan Arjpaul (3-3), left-arm spinner Keith Simpson (2-3) and off-spinner Kevin Sinclair (2-6) were the architects of destruction as the teenagers from Guyana’s largest County lost their last eight wickets for 37 runs and their last three for no runs.
Essequibo opted to bat in sultry conditions on a low and slow track and Christian and Jailall began positively on a fairly fast outfield.
After negotiating the new ball for an hour, both openers looked set to justify to decision to bat first but with the score on 36, Christian, who hit a four and a six in his carefully constructed 46, was bowled by Anderson.
Without addition to the score Simpson had Jailall caught behind and seven runs later induced Essequibo’s best batsman Mark Ramsammy (4) to hit a catch to mid-on.
The demise of Ramsammy triggered a dramatic slump which saw Kurt Lovell (3), Shane Wong (3) and Besham Moses (1) falling in the space of a run to leave the score on 47-6 as Sinclair removed Lovell and Wong.
Joel Fortune (2) and the left-handed Sampson, who dumped spinner Kelvin Umrou for two sixes in the last over before Lunch and at the interval, Essequibo, playing in T20 fashion, were 64-6.
After the break Sampson who reached the ropes once and cleared it twice in his cameo, was dismissed by Umrou at 67-7.
The multitalented Jones, who has medals in field events for Guyana, joined the subdued Fortune and took the score 80 before the burly Jones who hit a six in his 13, was removed by Arjpaul.
Fortune departed off Trevon Stanislaus’ bowling at 80-9 before Arjpaul polished off the innings when he bowled Sherlon Anthony for a duck.
When Berbice began their reply, Junior Sinclair (13) missed a big swipe at Jones and was bowled at 21-1 and three runs later Kevin Sinclair (2) had his stumps disturbed by Fortune.
With Essequibo threatening to stage a fight-back the pair of 17-year-olds (Algoo & Anderson) joined forces to take their team to Tea at 55-2.
In the last session Anderson who stared shakily after scoring a century in last year’s tournament, was just being to find his rhythm when he got an inside edge onto his stumps and was bowled by Anthony 12 short of his fifty.
Javid Karim came to the crease at 103-3 and was still there at the close on 10 and the Essequibians would be hoping to see the back of Algoo early today since he played several delightful shots yesterday to spearhead his team to a lead of 68 with seven wickets standing.
Today is the second day and play is scheduled to commence at 10:00hrs.
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