Story and photos by Sean Devers
With two rounds to go, defending Champions Essequibo and Lower Corentyne are tied on 20 points each going into today’s penultimate round of the CGI’s SBF Petroleum Jaguars 50-over League but Essequibo hold a slim lead due to a higher net-run rate.
West Berbice are third and West Demerara fourth although both teams sit on 15 points due to superior net run rate and are the other teams that can challenge for this year’s title. A team gets four points, two for a wash out and none for a loss. The team that achieves a run rate of 1.25 times that of the opposition shall be awarded one bonus point.
Both Essequibo and Lower Corentyne which have lost one of their five matches and got a bonus point from each of their wins are neck and neck for this year’s title. If both teams win their last two matches without any bonus points they both move to 28 points.
But Essequibo will be dethroned because their only loss was at the hands of Lower Corentyne in Berbice on Sunday. So bonus points will be crucial for Essequibo to win since if both teams win their two games with a bonus then the Berbicians will take the title due to the result of their head-to-head contest.
Although Georgetown, East Bank, East Coast and Upper Corentyne are no longer in contention for the title they could spoil the party for the teams that can. Today, Essequibo face East Cost at Lusignan, West Demerara take on Lower Corentyne at Albion and West Berbice oppose Georgetown at Everest.
On Thursday in the final round Essequibo battle East Bank at Everest and Lower Corentyne clash with Upper Corentyne at Port Mourant. Lower Corentyne’s 29-year-old Jonathon Foo has two fifties in his 218 runs from five innings and is the leading run scorer in a tournament in which only Trevon Griffith, Kandasammy Surujnarine and Leon Johnson have scored centuries but none of them have reached 150 runs.
The only other batsman with 200 runs is Essequibo’s Kemol Savory who has two half-centuries in his 207 runs from five innings while his team mate Quinton Sampson has 181 runs despite not scoring a fifty.
Only Lower Corentyne’s 23-year-old pacer Nial Smith has 15 wickets including a six-wicket haul and two four-wicket hauls. Essequibo’s Ricardo Adams (11), Anthony Adams (10) and Ronsford Beaton (9) are their other leading wicket-takers while another Essequibian pacer, Joshua Jones has the only hat-trick when he captured 5-18 against West Demerara at Bourda.
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