Skipper Anthony Adams and Ricardo Adams shared ten wickets between them to propel defending champions Essequibo to a five-run victory over West Berbice in a low scoring affair when the Cricket Guyana Inc./SBF Petroleum Jaguars 50-over franchise league continued yesterday.
After being bowled out for 82 at Bush Lot, Essequibo bowlers, led by skipper Anthony Adams did well to defend their total. Batting first, Essequibo were reduced to 12-3 with opener Kevon Boodie caught off Kevin Sinclair for four, Parmesh Parsotam lbw to Gudakesh Motie without scoring and Kemol Savory taken off pacer Keon Joseph for six.
Ricardo Adams struck two fours before he was bowled by Joseph for 14 while Ronsford Beaton was caught off Joseph without scoring as Essequibo found themselves in more trouble at 30-5. Off-spinner Kevin Sinclair removed skipper Anthony Adams (01) and Nokta Moses (01) in quick succession, but Quintin Sampson added respectability to the total with a robust 45 off 56 balls which included five fours and two sixes which proved to be more than a handful for their opponents. Sinclair bagged 5-31from 8.4 overs while Joseph captured 3-21 and Motie 2-26.
West Berbice struggled from the inception of the chase as Ricardo Adams destroyed their top order before Anthony Adams polished off the innings.
Ricardo Adams removed opener Leon Andrews (10), Sinclair (00), Shimron Hetmyer (08) and Javid Karim (12) while Antony Adams picked up the remaining six wickets; Motie (04), Seon Glasgow (09), Andrew Dutchin (00), Stephon Adams (02), Joseph (02) and Shamal Angel (00) as West Berbice were skittled for 77 in 26 overs.
Marvan Prashad top scored with 19 not out which came off 52 balls and contained one four and one six; Anthony Adams finished with figures of 6-25 from nine overs while Ricardo Adams grabbed 4-30 from 10 overs. Anthony Adams was named man-of-the-match.
At Tuschen – East Bank Demerara beat West Demerara by six wickets. West Demerara batted first and were sent packing for 81 in 30.2 overs. Tevin Imlach made 27 off 67 balls with three fours and one six while Ronaldo Renee was the only other batsman to reach double figures with 10; Trevon Griffith bagged six wickets for eight runs off 6.2 overs, Trevon France had 2-15 from 10 overs and Steffan Wilson 2-22 off eight.
Off-spinner Richie Looknauth made early inroads into East Bank Demerara’s batting by removing openers Griffi
th (06) and Mavindra Dindyal (00), but Sachin Singh and Ronaldo Ali Mohamed stabilised the chase nicely until Ali Mohamed was bowled by Malcolm Hubbard for 28 which came off 22 balls and contained one four and three sixes.
Vishaul Singh was bowled by Jevon Hector for eight, but Sachin Singh who remained unbeaten on 30 and Matthew Nandu (01*) saw their team home as they finished on 82-4 in 18 overs. The left-handed Singh struck four sixes and faced 41 balls. Looknauth took 2-2 while Hector had 1-7 and Malcolm Hubbard 1-13. Griffith was voted man-of-the-match.
At Enmore – Upper Corentyne beat East Coast Demerara by 45 runs. Upper Corentyne took first strike and posted a challenging 252-7. Clinton Pestano struck a fine 92 which came off 63 balls and included five fours and a similar number of sixes, Anthony Bramble made 34 and Alex Algoo 31. Trishan Ramsarran, Jonathan Rampersaud and Eon Hooper scored 25 each with Hooper remaining unbeaten. Damunka Ngando claimed 3-51.
East Coast Demerara responded with 207 all out in 41 overs. Amir Khan topscored with 75 not out off 72 balls, including six fours and one six while opener Robin Williams made 52 before he was run out; he faced 59 balls and hit six fours. Chaves Ageday made 21 and Daniel Mootoo 17. Rampersaud took 2-35 and Hooper 2-51.
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