The Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Noble House Seafoods second division two-day competition comes alive this weekend when the top four teams meet in the semi finals.
A rampant Police Sports Club team will face the Guyana Defence Force at the Gandhi Youth Organization ground. Umpires Cyril Garnath and Delvin Austin will call play at 11 a.m.
Leg spinner Pernell London, Rawle Haynes and Randolph Knights are Police’s leading wicket takers with 12, 11 and 10 wickets respectively, with Haynes copping two 5-wicket hauls.
London, who also plays for the first division team, might be tempted to play in this match since it is a semi-final.
Police’s weakness is evidenced by their batsmen’s results, of which only two have scored more than one hundred runs in the tournament. Troy Benn, who also plays for the PSC division one side, has been their leading run scorer with 160, while London has 112.
For GDF left arm spinner Dennis Legay, veteran seamer Jeremiah Harris and Paul Castello have led a sound bowling attack. Castellon and Harris also play for the first division side which will oppose Police at Camp Ayanganna and will have to decide which encounter to participate in.
GDF’s batsmen also did not consistently produce big scores. However, more contributions came from their experienced batting line up. Randy Lindore, Harris and Travis Blyden have outscored their peers with 135, 111 and 103 runs respectively.
The consistent Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) will travel to Guyana National Industrial Corporation, where they will meet with last year’s finalists.
Officiating will be Montgomery Chester and Ryan Banwarie in what is expected to be a competitive outing for a spot in the final.
GCC’s young team has shown good cohesion, as seen when they hung on for a nail biting draw against GDF when they were nine wickets down. Almando Doman has been their most successful batsman with 150 runs while Martin Pestano-Belle has scored 133, Fadil Omrow 118, and Manny Forde 104. Skipper and left arm spinner Devon Lord has taken 13 wickets and has also scored 99 runs.
Premchand Sookdeo has been by far GNIC’s most successful bowler with 22 wickets, including two five wicket hauls. Former national off spinner and West Indian selector Clyde Butts has enjoyed batting better than
his younger counterparts as he hit his way to 157 runs to lead GNIC’s list of run scorers. Ranole Bourne is second with 153 while Jermaine Grovesnor has 146, Jevin Collins 120 and Mark Nicholson 111.