Action continued in the New Building Society/ Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) 40 overs second Division competition with Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) hosting GCA’s reigning two-day second division champions University of Guyana (UG) on Saturday.
UG won the toss and elected to bowl after the game was reduced to 30 overs due to overnight and early morning rain. The Bourda boys were pegged back and found themselves precariously placed on 27-3 following the loss of opening batsmen Emmanuel Forde (5), Samuel Mc Kenzie (9) and Timothy Mc Almont (5).
However a 47 runs partnership ensued between skipper Martin Pestano Belle (20) and Joshua Wade (21), but just as they were on the verge of pressing home the advantage they both lost their wicket.
It then took another partnership worth an unbroken 44 runs, this time between Stefan Wilson (16*) and Denzil Harry (21*) inclusive of three fours, to eventually take GCC to 133-6 off their allocated 30 overs. Dennis Heywood took 2-16 and Suresh Dhanai 2-26 for the university students.
UG were off to a terrible start when Skipper Melroy Stephenson was comprehensively bowled by right arm pacer Encosie Julian in the second over for 6 (1×4). Operation recovery for the Turkeyen based sided revolved around a fighting 51 runs partnership between Dwayne Dodson (27 2×4) and Former Guyana u-15 player Leon Williams 11.
After being comfortably placed at 67-1 UG then lost a cluster of wickets and were left tottering at 78-8. In this span Stefan Wilson took 4-15 which included a hat trick.
Four of the UG batsmen went back into the pavilion without troubling the scorers. Ray Newton contributed handily batting at number 10 to score a fighting 20* (1×4) but it was too late a surge to take his team home and they eventually crumbled to be all out for 106 off 19.5 overs. Joshua Wade took 2-25 to support Wilson.
The win was GCC second in two games after they defeated Transport Sports Club (TSC) in their first round encounter.
On that said day, TSC visited Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) and beat them by 40 runs in a game also reduced to 30 overs per side.
After being asked to bat first the visitors were dismissed for 144 in 25 overs with veteran player Shawn Massiah and Charwayne McPherson leading the way with 47 and 29 respectively. For the host Keishan Singh and Avilash Dookie were responsible for three wickets apiece while Trevon France captured 2-42.
In reply GYO struggled to 104 before they eventually collapsed. Only France (27) and national youth player Yeudistir Persaud (25) showed any prowess with the bat in their team low score. Former national under-19 fast bowler Keon Morris claimed 3-27 while Kevin Ross picked up two wickets with his off spin bowling.