Police ended day one of the Noble House Seafoods two-day second division tournament with an 83-run lead over Malteenos sports Club at the Eve Leary Ground yesterday.
Batting first, Police dismissed Malteenoes for 99 in 37.4 overs.
Persaud picked up 7-30.
Malteenoes lost veteran Malcom Watkins with just one on the board after a mix up between the wicket saw him being run out and Stephon Browne (01) soon followed but a 40 run partnership between Clarence Baird (16) and Nkosie Baker (35) pulled the innings around before Persaud dismissed Shaquille Moseley (07), Kefa Naughton (07) Carlos Larose (01), Carlyle Collins (02) and Rawle Merell (03) in quick succession.
Kellon Carmichael with 17 was one of only three batsmen to reach double figures. V. Jaigobin picked up 1-24 while K. Hardcourt took 1-9.
In reply, Police closed on 184-5 off 41 overs built on C. Kendall’s fine knock of 56 and an unbeaten knock of 53 by M. Gonsalves.
An opening stand worth 43 between Kendall and R. Rodrigues (12) was ended when Carmichael beat the outside of Rodrigues’ bat to clip the off stump.
Kendall added 30 with Kemol Savory (15) before a late burst by Watkins removed them both.
Malteenoes fought back with Browne picking up the wickets of L. Austin (04) and P. London (15).