By Marlon Munroe
Guyana Defence Force’s middle order batsmen Marcus Watkins and Terry Fraser began the fourth round of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) three-day first division tournament with sparkling centuries yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Bourda.
Watkins (120) recorded his maiden first-division ton while Fraser was unbeaten on 103 at stumps on the first day as their team piled on 330-6 from 90 overs against Transport Sports Club (TSC). Watkins, a former TSC player, stroked 11 boundaries and Fraser sent three balls sailing over the ropes in addition to his 11 fours.
Essequibo batsman Delon Heyliger contributed 46 which consisted of four boundaries and a solitary six.
Trevon Garraway is the other not out batsman on 11.
Bowling for TSC, Olvis Batson took 3-87 and Yugesh Kissoon 2-48.
Over at the Maltenoes Sports Club (MSC) ground, the hosts have already wrested first innings points and a lead of 38 runs from Nandy Park in a low scoring affair.
MSC won the toss and sent in Nandy Park who were quickly dispatched for a paltry 124 with former national under-19 batsman Rohan Sarjoo top scoring with 47.
His knock included four sixes and two fours as he garnered some support from Terry Poole and Mark Anthony who made 27 and 15 runs respectively. National reserve player Deon Ferrier was the chief destroyer with 5-29 while Quasen Nedd chipped in with 2-16.
In MSC’s reply Kwame Crosse is unbeaten on 65 (6x4s) as his team reached 162-7. Damian Vantull hit two boundaries and hoisted four maximums in his 46 and Randy Lindore in on 23. Devon Watson was the most successful bowler with 3-39 for Nandy Park.
Over on the West Bank of Demerara, Lusignan Sports Club reached 37-3 chasing New Line Cavaliers’ first innings score of 285-8 declared.
Suruj Paul ripped through the NLC batting line up to snare 6-65. Former national leg spinner Mahendra Nagamootoo by stumps had two LSC wickets for 18 runs.
When NLC batted former national player Andre Percival top scored with 58 and national batsman Gajanand Singh supported with 56.
On the East Coast of Demerara, home team Enterprise are comfortably poised to take first innings honours against city team Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC). At stumps, after Enterprise had faced 35 overs, the team was 111-1 in pursuit of GNIC’s 157 all out from 52.5 overs.
Under-19 batsman Dexter Solomon made a fighting undefeated 64. Out-of-favour off spinner Zaheer Mohammed grabbed five wickets for 55 runs from 17.5 overs while Chatterpaul Singh supported with 3-57.
Latchman Yadram and Mohammed are the not out batsmen at the crease on 45 and 11 respectively; Parmanand Dindyal, the dismissed batsman, scored 46.
All matches continue next Saturday and end on Sunday.