Demerara ended the first day of the GCB/ Hand in Hand U19 3-day tournament on 230 – 5 against their counterparts from Essequibo when play was called at the Police Sports club ground, Eve Leary, yesterday.
The day began with Essequibo winning the toss and electing to bat first which saw them being skittled out just after tea for a partly 106 in the 33rd over. Joshua Jones (25) and Skipper Mark Williams (22) were the main contributors for Essequibo as Keshram Seyhodna captured 3 – 27 while Sagar Hatharamani took 2 – 1.
Demerara in their first innings reply reached 230 – 5 at the close with opener Raymond Perez stroking an eye-catching 95; he was dismissed just a few overs before the end of the days play before striking 11 fours in his 189-minute stay at the crease.
Joshua Persaud (31) and Ronaldo Ali – Mohamed (21) got starts but failed to carry on. Essequibo’s left-arm spinner Joel Fortune has so far taken 3 – 49 while Ramnarine Chatura (23) and Richie Looknaugh (13) are the not out batsmen, heading into day two with Demerara having a 124 – runs lead in the first innings.