East Coast Demerara secured an innings and 19-run win over West Berbice while Upper Corentyne and West Demerara played to a draw when round four of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Jaguars three-day Franchise League ended yesterday.
After rain washed out the two first days at Tuschen, a brief passage of play began around 12:30hrs as both West Demerara and Upper Corentyne sought to scrap for much need points on the final day.
After winning the toss West Demerara, batting first, declared at 107-7 in their first innings while Upper Corentyne confirmed their declaration with the score 10-2 after seamers Romario Shepherd and Raymon Reifer each claimed s wicket in their first over.
West Demerara, then raced to 72-2 off just 9.5 overs thanks to Reifer’s brisk unbeaten 45 with two fours and five sixes which left Upper Corentyne with a target of 170 off a minimum of 22 overs.
In their second innings, Upper Corentyne laboured to 53-4 before bad light stopped play leaving skipper Rajiv Ivan unbeaten on 24. Reifer returned to bag 2-15 while Keshram Seyhodan had 2-12.
Over at the Enterprise Community Centre ground, West Berbice, resuming on 9-0 were eventually dismissed for 167 despite Leon Andrews’ top score of 91.
Bowling for East Coast Demerara slow bowlers Kamesh Yadram (3-28),Chandrapaul Hemraj (2-13), Vivian Albert (2-37) and Steven Sankar (2/38) were the wicket takers.
After some amount of play on day three following the two rain affected opening days, Georgetown were bowled out for 194 in their first innings with Sunil Singh (63), Captain Christopher Barnwell (54) and Andrew Lyght Jr. (39).
Spin brothers Akenie Adams (5-30) and Anthony Adams (2-69), did the damage for Essequibo, who, in reply, were 99 for 4 when the last of the mandatory 15 overs was completed.
Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 28 while West Indies Under-19 vice-skipper Keemo Paul was 35 not out.
Off-spinner Gajanan Suknanan ended with 4-47 bowling for Georgetown as the match ended in a draw.