Story and photos by Sean Devers
Former National U-19 pacer Joshua Jones grabbed 5-18 including the tournament’s first hat-trick and along with fifties from Kemol Savory and Kevin Boodie powered defending champions Essequibo to a fourth consecutive win when they beat West Demerara by 75 runs in the fourth round of the CGI’s SBF Petroleum Jaguars 50-over League at Bourda, yesterday.
Led by an 88-run third wicket stand between Savory who made 51 from 26 balls with four boundaries and Boodie who scored a 77-ball 51 with a six and a four, Essequibo, asked to bat in hazy sunshine were dismissed for 213 in 50 overs.
Quinton Sampson (26), Anthony Adams (22) and Nealand Cadogan who hit two sixes and a four in 21 from 11 balls, also contributed with the bat. Off-spinner Richie Looknauth had 3-25, Kesram Seyhodan 3-33 and Mahendra Dhanpaul 2-32, the main wicket-takers for West Demerara who fell for 138 in 46.5 overs despite 41 from 45 balls with five fours from Looknauth.
Tevin Imlach hit three boundaries in 30 and Travis Persaud made 25 as Ricardo Adams 2-15 and Ronsford Beaton had 2-34 to support Jones. Asked to bat on a good track and fast outfield Mark Williams (1) and David Williams (0) were removed with the score on eight by Seyhodan before Boodie and the in-form Savory revived the position with a slow but responsible partnership.
The right-handed Boodie blossomed after a shaky start while the left-handed Savory continued his good form with his carefully constructed innings. Playing before virtually empty stands, Boodie who favoured the back foot shots was bowled by Malcolm Howard at 96-3.
Looknauth, bowling with excellent variety, removed Ricardo Adams (18) at 122-4 before Savory played an ill-advised reverse sweep and was taken point as Looknauth struck again at 144-5. Looknauth soon had Anthony Adams stumped while Seyhodan trapped Sampson and Beaton (2) LBW as the Franchise from Guyana’s largest County slipped to 168-8 before Cadogan and Akinie Adams took the score past 200.
In reply, West Demerara lost Renaldo Renee (5) playing back to Ricardo Adams and without addition to the score before Beaton, who bowled with lively pace had Tagenarine Chanderpaul (4) brilliantly caught down the leg side by Savory as two wickets tumbled with score on nine.
Andre Seepersaud (3) fended at a nasty bouncer and lobbed a catch to slip running back behind the Keeper at 15-3. Persaud and Howard (10) took the score to 63 before Ricardo Adams, bowling left arm spin, trapped Persuad LBW after he had survived Beaton’s new ball spell.
Imlach gloved a ball from Beaton over the keeper for four and when Beaton bowled another bouncer next ball, hooked him for a once-bounce boundary. But after Imlach was dismissed by Cadagon at 79-5, Jones who plays for the GDF in club cricket in the City, got rid of Howard, Dhanpaul and Looknauth in three successive balls before wrapping up the innings.
The tournament continues today when Essequibo and Lower Corentyne, both unbeaten, collide at Young Warriors in Canjie in a fifth round match. Georgetown with four losses, face East Bank at Bourda, East Coast oppose West Demerara at Enmore and West Berbice plays Upper Corentyne at Bush Lot.
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