GNIC win thriller after losing first innings points 

GNIC’s skipper Ovid Richardson raises his bat after reaching racing to fifty in his side’s second innings run chase (Royston Alkins photo)

The Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) completed an exciting five-wicket win over the Guyana Defense Force (GDF) yesterday in the GISE/Start Party Rental/Trophy Stall Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) first division two-day competition at the Everest Cricket Club  Ground.

It was an exciting end to the match which had an ugly spectacle with GDF players deliberately attempting to waste time.

That act contradicted the spirit of the game, which resulted in the umpires issuing the winners five penalty runs as a consequence of GDF’s actions.

Seamer Jerimiah Harris ended the match with seven wickets after capturing a first-innings five-for, for GDF (Royston Alkins photo)

GNIC resumed the day on 125 – 3, needing 48 more runs to gain first innings points. However, they were dismissed for 169 – four runs short of GDF’s first innings – as their last seven wickets crumbled for 44 runs.

David Dick, who resumed the day on 73, failed to add to his overnight total as seamer, Jerimiah Harris, who had two of the overnight wickets to fall, ended with figures of 5 – 39 while off-spinner, Leon Andrews supported 2-17.

GDF, with a lead of four runs, only managed to post 173 before being dismissed with number four batsman, Damion Waldron leading the way with an innings of 40 which included five fours and a maximum.

Andrews supported with 30. Off-spinner, Gajanand Suknanan was the chief destroyer with impressive figures of 6-53 to route the Army men.

With GNIC needing 177 for victory in fading light, skipper Ovid Richardson unleashed a number of savage shots to race to 53, lacing six fours and three maximums while Jermain Grosvenor was there at the end, unbeaten on 42 to see his side home with the score on 180 – 5.

Harris, who picked up two of the wickets to fall, coast his side five penalty runs when GNIC needed seven after the umpires ruled that he was deliberately attempting to bring the game into dispute by wasting time.

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