By Sean Devers
On a day when the sun played Cat and Mouse with the clouds over the Lusignan sward, four wicket hauls from Kevin Sinclair and Ashmead Nedd and an attractive 58 from Junior Sinclair highlighted day one of the second round of the GCB’s Hand-in-Hand three-day under-19 cricket match between Demerara and Berbice yesterday.
Off-Spinner Kevin Sinclair (4-17) and Keith Simpson (2-38) helped dismiss the defending champions for 148 despite 43 from Skipper Bhaskar Yadram with four fours and two sixes and 35 with five boundaries from Adrian Hinds. Dwain Dick (17), Nkosi Beaton (14) and Nedd (10) were the other batsmen to reach double figures.
Nedd (4-41) has bowled Demerara back into the match as only opener Junior Sinclair who stroked six fours and three sixes in his 65-ball and 59-minute 58 and Kevlon Anderson unbeaten on 16, have past 15 as Berbice ended the day on 102-5, still needing 47 for first innings points today.
Demerara won the toss opted to bat on a slow track and heavy outfield and lost Robin Williams (6) via the run out route at 11-1 and were quickly 26-2 when Sagar Hertheramani (9) edged Javed Karim to the Keeper.
Skipper Yadram, with three centuries at this level including a record unbeaten 301 in the last round, joined Hinds and together they put on 60 for the third wicket with positive batting before Hinds was bowled by Leon Swamy.
The six-footer, one of five Guyanese on the last Windies U-19 World Cup team and the only First-class player in this competition, played an array of power shots, while Beaton looked solid and content to play the supporting role.
But when well set for another fifty at this level, Yadram was removed by Kevin Sinclair to leave the defending champions on 99-4 before Stephon Wilson (3) was dismissed just before Lunch with the score 103-5.
After the interval Nedd (10) pulled Kelvin Umroa for four but was soon sent packing by the spinner at 115-6.
Dick going with back-to-back boundaries off of Umroa but soon mishit Sinclair to deep mid-wicket and was gone for 17 at 140-7, while Beaton, who struggled to get the ball off the square in overcast conditions,was removed by Simpson for a carefully constructed innings at 146-8.
Sinclair removed Qumar Torrington and Damuka Nagqondo for ducks to wrap up the innings 51 minutes after Lunch.
Berbice in reply lost first match centurion Alex Algoo (15) who edged Nedd to slip before Karim (0), Steve Deonarine (2) and Junior Sinclair (6) also departed cheaply as only Junior Sinclair offered fight before he was LBW to Nedd.
Kevlon Anderson, Berbice’s best batsman, was not out on 16, while Trevon Stanislaus (2) was with him when bails were lifted. Today’s play is scheduled to start at 09:30 hrs to make up for time lost yesterday.
Meanwhile, over at Everest, Essequibo continued their quest adding 29 runs to their 261 overnight total. Joshua Jones scored 34 off 54 balls, while Joel Fortune was not out on 22 as Essequibo ended on 290 all out in 98.5 overs. Sylvian Williams picked up 3 for 48, while Marvin Prashad claimed 3 for 74 for the Select Under-17.
The Under-17 failed to reach their target and fell cheaply for 144 in 89.3 overs. Navendra Persaud top scored with 52, while Ameer Singh and Captain Sachin Singh supported with 32 and 26 runs respectively. Joshua Jones and Joel Fortune were the highlights of the day tearing through the Select Under-17 batting line up collecting 5 wickets each for 45 and 20 runs respectively.
Essequibo batting a second time scored 3 runs in 2 overs to give them a 149 runs lead at the end of day two.
Today is the final day of the match.
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