In brilliant Sunshine at Bourda yesterday, GCC reached 156-7 replying to GYO’s 101 all out in the latest round of the GISE, Star Party Rental and Trophy Stall GCA’s two-day First Division cricket tournament.
Opting to bat on a flat track and heavy outfield, GYO got a solid start from openers Yeudister Persaud who top scored with a careful constructed 41 from 105 balls with a couple of boundaries and added 61 for the first with Annad Bharat who played aggressively and rode his luck to hit a 45-ball 35 with four fours before they slumped from 86 to 101.
Left-spinner Timothy McCalmont had 4-15, Renaldo Ali-Mohamed took 2-16 and left-arm spinner Stephon Wilson followed his eight-wicket match haul in GCC’s last game, with 2-21
GCC, without Guyana Captain Leon Jonson, who has scores of 200 not out and 108 not out since the resumption, Robin Bacchus (two fifties since the resumption) and Test player Vishaul Singh, who was at the ground yesterday but is unavailable today, were led by another elegant half-century West Indies U-16 batsman Movindra Dindyal.
The 14-year-old Dindyal continues to impress with level head batting and yesterday innings was his third consecutive 50 since he made his debut three matches ago.
He favoured the cover drives and cuts yesterday before he was trapped LBW to France and would worry that he departed when again set for his maiden century at this level.
But only Carlos LaRose (24) and Skipper Ali-Mohamed (20) offered token resistance as France bowled with good control and ripped through the fragile GCC middle order and would want to wrap up innings early today.
Earlier, after the opening stand was eventually broken when Bharat, who seemed to want to get out of the sun, played an impetuous pull to mid-on off Wilson, GYO quickly slipped to 69-3 when Joshua Ramsammy was run out and Trenthon Liverpool was trapped in front to Wilson, three wickets had tumbled for eight runs.
Persaud continued to bat intelligently before he lost concentration and slashed a catch to point after three well timed shots off Ali-Mohamed when straight to the fielders as Ali-Mohamed struck and when he removed Rohan Sukhnandan for a duck at 86-5, nobody else stepped up with the bat as McCalmont wrapped up the tail.
Today is the second day and play is scheduled to commence at 09:30hrs. (Sean Devers)
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