Lower Corentyne crowned GCB Franchise League three-day champs

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! Guyana Cricket Board/Cricket Guyana Incorporated three day Franchise League champions Lower Corentyne bask in the moment after winning the inaugural tournament which ended yesterday. At left is GCB secretary, Anand Sanasie and next to him is GCB president Drubahadur. (Orlando Charles photo)

Lower Corentyne yesterday were crowned the Guyana Cricket Board/Cricket Guyana International three-day Franchise League champions after they defeated West Berbice by an innings and 302 runs at the Port Mourant Community Centre ground.

It was the team’s sixth outright win in the eight-team, seven round competition.

Lower Corentyne, the reigning local 50 overs champions dismissed West Berbice for 173 in their second innings even though they were made to wait a few hours more than they anticipated after overnight rain forced a delayed start to the third and final day.

Devon Clements, who bagged 5/47 and Veerasammy Permaul, who took 4/29 were the chief destroyers.

Leon Andrews did his best to keep the bowlers at bay but fell short of a well-deserved century when he was the last batman dismissed for 91 while Brentnol Woolford contributed 32.

At the Enterprise Community Centre ground, East Bank Demerara’s Tevin Imlach and Ryan Shun made light work of the target of 178 set by East Coast Demerara, ensuring no wicket fell on their way to a well-deserved victory. Imlach, who was not out on 52 overnight and his team 113-5, was unbeaten on 93 while Shun was unbeaten on 42 at the end.

Scores in the match East Bank Demerara… and 178-5, East Coast Demerara… and 217 (Kamesh Yadram 104 n.o).

At the Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Upper Corentyne were dismissed for 285 after resuming on their overnight score of 248/6. Assad Fudadin went on to make 151 adding 18 runs to his overnight score while Shawn Perreira scored 21.

Eon Hooper returned figures of 6/41 when Georgetown batted a second time to push his tournament tally to 44 which earned him the best bowler award as Georgetown was dismissed for 138 chasing 294 for an outright victory. Keon Sinclair was again among the wickets following up his first innings five wicket haul with 3/40.

Raymond Perez made 38, Shawn DeSouza 30 and Andrew Lyght Jr., 23, were the principal scorers.

At the Tucshen ground, West Demerara cemented its second place in the points standing when they registered an outright victory over Essequibo.

Resuming on their overnight 120/2, West Demerara were dismissed for 269 with Tagenarine Chanderpaul again top scoring with 70 which made him the highest run scorer with 635 runs. Kemol Savory, who copped the best wicketkeeper award made an even 50, his first half century of the competition while Travis Persaud made 31, Romario Shephard, 29, Raymon Reifer (the top all-rounder with 434 runs and 28 wickets) chipped in with 21 and Safraz Esau 25. Bowling for Essequibo, Anthony Adams took his second five wicket haul of the match, 5/68 while Kemo Paul had 3/67.

Essequibo, in reply, could only score 192 chasing a mammoth 475 for victory. Kevon Boodie top scored with 55 while Anthony Adams returned with the bat to make 32 not out. Rishi Looknauth bagged 5/33 and Keshram Seyhodan took 2/2 bowling for West Demerara.

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