2017 GCB/Jaguars 3-Day League Round 1 day 2
Upper Corentyne and Upper Demerara/ East Bank, two teams that failed to impress in the 2016 Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Jaguars Franchise League 3-day Competition, each got their 2017 campaign off to a positive start with respective wins against West Berbice and Georgetown inside two days yesterday.
At the Lusignan Community Centre Ground, talented national all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford expressed his ruthless self with the ball as he claimed his second five wicket haul inside two days to spearhead his Upper Demerara/ East Bank side to a narrow 26-run win in a low-scoring match which saw 409 runs being scored in four completed innings.
Scores in the match: Upper Demerara/East Bank 115 and 103; and Georgetown 135 and 56.
Resuming the second day on 20-2, the eventual winners were rattled out for 103 in their second innings, leaving Georgetown a small matter of scoring 83 runs to win the match. Gajanan Suknanan with 3-22 was Georgetown’s leading bowler, as Ershad Ali top scored with 32.
However, led by West Indies player Vishual Singh, Upper Demerara/East Bank and Rutherford had other plans. He captured 5-11 to finish with match figures of 12-59.
Left arm chinaman bowler Totaram Bishun also contributed to the win on the back of quality spin bowling which was responsible for four wickets, while Renaldo Ali-Mohammed claimed the other scalp.
In another slim margin of victory, Upper Corentyne defeated West Berbice by two wickets, chasing 104 for victory at Bush Lot Ground, West Coast Berbice (WCB).
Scores in that match read: Upper Corentyne 152 and 106-8; and West Berbice 93 and 163.
West Berbice improved to score 163 all out in 55.5 overs in their second innings on day two. However, it was not enough after an abysmal batting display in their first innings.
Their second innings’ batting was led by Javed Karim, who scored 30 off 73 balls, Quacy McPherson 25 from 69, Steffon Adams 21 from 21 balls, and Raffel Estraido 21 from 33 balls.
Former national under-19 skipper Sean Pereira picked up three wickets for 36 runs, Eon Hooper 2 for 60, and Demetri Cameron 2 for 33.
Andy Mohan scored 37 and Anthony Bramble 18 to propel Upper Corentyne to the target.
Gudesh Motie gave his team a chance at claiming a come-from-behind victory after mesmerizing the Upper Corentyne batsmen to bag six wickets.
Meanwhile, at Albion Community Development Centre Ground, Essequibo leads reigning champions Lower Corentyne by 207 runs with four second innings’ wickets remaining heading into the final day.
Resuming the day on 62-3, Lower Corentyne were dismissed for 175, with Kassim Khan (43) the principal scorer, while Jason Sinclair and Alex Algoo scored 31 and 30 respectively.
Bowling for Essequibo, the underdogs, Anthony Adams picked up 6-51, while Akinie Adams picked up 2 wickets for 47 runs.
Essequibo were 108-6 when the second day’s play concluded, with Kevon Boodie 31 and Kemol Savoury 26 the only batsmen to reach double figures so far in their team’s second innings.
Raul Johnson has so far claimed three wickets, while Kevin Umrao has snatched two scalps.
At Wales Cricket Ground: The match between West Demerara and East Coast, both days have been washed put by a water logged ground. Hopefully we will get some action today at the venue.
Play resumes tomorrow at approximately 09:00 hours.