Defending champions, the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) and the University of Guyana (UG), yesterday notched up wins in the season opener of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), New Building Society (NBS) second division 40-overs tournament.
DCC defeated host Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) by 26 runs on the back of a solid contribution from national U19 batsman Sachin Singh which was backed up by a combined bowling effort.
DCC, sent in to bat, were dismissed for 158 in the 39th over with Singh posting a carefully crafted inning of 69 before he was dismissed by seamer Rawl Merrell (2-38).
No other batsman reached 20 as seamers Kellon Carmichael (3-28) and Delon Dalrymple (3-29) combined for six wickets to dismiss the visitors. Marcus Watkins supported with 2-25.
MSC in response was dismissed for 132 in 38.2 overs.
They were at one point 56-5 before skipper Nickosie Barker (20), and Tuen Hicks (32) staged a brave mini-recovery in a partnership of 38 runs which ended when the former was trapped LBW by leg spinner Steven Sankar who finished with figures of 3-12 to spearhead his side’s bowling effort.
Seamer Carlton Jacques bowled well with the new ball to claim 2-40 while Ashmead Nedd (1-14) from his eight overs, made scoring difficult for the host.
Meanwhile, over at Everest, UG defeated Diplomats by five wickets in another low scoring contest.
Diplomats who won the toss and elected to bat were dismissed for 123 in 27 overs with medium pacer Devon Paul doing the damage for the students by claiming 5-22 from six overs.
Off-spinner Amos Sarwan supported with 3-20.
UG then rocketed to 124 for five in 19 overs, led by an unbeaten inning of 59 by Omesh Danram. (Royston Alkins)