Everest Cricket Club’s Ryan Ramdass and Tagenarine Chanderpaul batted almost the entire day against the Gandhi Youth Organisation as the pair combined for a massive 241 opening stand at Everest as action abounded on the first day’s play of the Georgetown Cricket association (GCA) Hadi’s World Incorporated first division two-day competition.
At the Everest cricket ground the home team won the toss and duly chose to bat and Ramdass and Chanderpaul dominated from the time play started at 9:30am with solid batting.
Ramdass hit 150 with 13 fours and three sixes while Chanderpaul celebrated his national team call up with 79, striking six fours along the way. The pair put on 241 runs before GYO finally made a breakthrough. Chanderpaul Hemraj and Shaeed Mohamed scored 22 and 19 respectively as Everest declared on 306 for 6 in 75.5 overs. Joey Shivgobin took 4-26 in 11 overs for GYO who were 26 without loss after 13 overs at stumps.
At Camp Ayanganna, the Guyana Defence Force lost first innings points to the Malteenoes Sports Club in a low scoring thriller.
GDF, choosing to bat first, conceded first innings points after being bowled out for a paltry 93 in 32 overs. National all-rounder Steven Jacobs took 5-20 while pacer Seon Daniels collected 3-33.
Malteenoes, in response, were limited to 143 from 35 overs. Orin Forde top scored with 45, Delvon McEwan contributed 43 and Jacobs 24. Jeremiah Harris and Paul Castello both took three wickets for GDF while Travis Blyden claimed two.
GDF lead by just six runs at close of play, ending on 56/4 in 11 overs. Jacobs claimed three more wickets while Carlos La Rose took the other wicket. Blyden is not out 16 and GDF’s hopes of salvaging a positive result will rest heavily on him.
At the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground, Queenstown, GCC won the toss and batted scoring 261 all out from 65.5 overs.
They lost their first two wickets at 26 and 28 respectively, Winston Forrester and Wasim Haslim falling in quick succession.
Elon Fernandes and Leon Johnson put together 40 before Fernandes was bowled by Josiah Motilall for 21. Left handed middle order batsman Vishal Singh was the first of four wickets for Trevon Griffith. He made 22. Johnson went on to score 59 with eight fours and one six from 88 balls. After Johnson and Singh’s dismissals GCC were in a spot of bother. Wicket-keeper batsman Gavin Charles and left-arm spinner Raj Nanan responded to the challenge by posting 84 runs for the eighth wicket to lift GCC beyond 250. Charles made a brisk 52 from 60 balls with five fours and two maximums while Nanan contributed 34 from 64 balls with four boundaries. Trevon Griffith finished with 4-92 from 18.3 overs, and his wickets included those of Johnson and Singh. Captain Christopher Barnwell took 3-63 in 18 overs.
Griffith and Leron Primo compiled a half century opening stand which was dominated by the national T20 opener Griffith who watched Primo (19) and Jahron Byron (0) chip catches to mid on off Johnson before he compiled his own half century with eight fours.
DCC lost the wicket of Barnwell for 25 shortly before close of play. However, Griffith remained until stumps were drawn on day one as DCC closed on 125 for 3 with Griffith not out 77, an innings which included 12 fours. His partner Andrew Gibson is not out on five. Johnson’s leg spinners have earned him 3 for 22 thus far.
At Eve Leary, Police win the toss and elected to bat, scoring 206 all out in 69 overs. Ryan Rajmangal hit nine fours in 63, Shameer Fazal contributed 58 and Jason Heyliger made 23. Off spinner Jonathan Alphonso grabbed 7-39 for Transport Sports Club, who in turn were bowled out for just 90 from 29 overs. Sherwin McPherson top scored with 21 while Jason Heyliger took 4-10, Pernell London 3-22 and Randolph Knights 3-40.
Transport Sports Club closed on 44/0 after 12 overs. Mervin Cato has so far made 22 and McPherson is with him on 17. All matches resume at 9:30 a.m. today.