Christopher Barnwell stroked an unbeaten 73 on day one of the second round of the Guyana Cricket Board/Jaguars Three-Day League competition as Georgetown ended reached 158 for eight, trailing Lower Corentyne by 11 runs at the close of play yesterday at the Lusignan Community Centre Ground.
The day began with city side winning the toss and inviting Lower Corentyne to bat first.
Lower Corentyne reached 87 for six at the end of the first session and Georgetown went the lunch the happier of the two sides.
Jason Sinclair (19), national under – 19 middle order batsman, Kevlon Anderson (11), Seon Hetymyer (16) and Devon Clements all got starts but failed to capitalise.
After the break, number six batsman, Johnathan Foo, stroked 63 as Lower Corentyne were dismissed for 165 in 58.5 overs.
Foo, fresh from his exploits for the Jamaica Tallawahs in this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) competition, was the only batsman to record a significant score.
Georgetown’s bowling was led by off–spinner Gajanan Suknanan who grabbed 3 for 43 while Steven Sankar supported with 3 for 42 and Ashmead Nedd, 2 for 35.
Georgetown, in reply, reached 154 for 8 off 41 overs at close of play.
They were off to a good start as openers Robin Bacchus and Raymond Perez put on 50 for the first wicket.
Bacchus made 36 and Perez 14.
Barnwell, though, was the mainstay at the crease and the reason for his team not being dismissed on day one.
He saw his side to the close after posting 73 while national youth player Ashmead Nedd, who is yet to score is the other not–out batsman.
Meanwhile, East Coast ended the day on 72 for 2 with Brian Sattaur (26) and Bhaskar Yadram (17), the not–out batsmen in their encounter against Upper Corentyne at Port Mourant.
They are still 161 runs behind on first innings heading into day two.
Earlier, Upper Corentyne won the toss and elected to bat and notched up 233 all out in 67.1 overs. Joshua Ramsammy top scored with 65 while Rajiv Ivan (39), Kevin Sinclair (38) and Balchand Baldeo (35) were the other main contributors.
Left–arm spinner Chanderpaul Hemraj captured 5 – 22 to help dismiss Upper Corentyne.
In the third encounter Essequibo was dismissed for 196 in 41.2 overs in their match against West Berbice at the Bush Lot Community Centre ground, up to press time.
The inform Ricard Adams once again gave a good account of himself, stroking a rapid 57 from 49 deliveries while opener Kevon Boodie made 40.
Gudakesh Motie bagged 6 – 51 while receiving support from Andrew Dutchin (2-44) and Leon Andrews (2-22) for West Berbice.