By Zaheer Mohamed (Kaieteur News)
Demerara are in a comfortable position to take first innings points from Berbice in their second round game of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) U-19 Inter County 3-day tournament. At stumps, on the first day yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Bourda, Demerara were 70-2 off 26 overs in reply to Berbice first innings total of 140. Tagenarine Chanderpaul is not out on 18 and Rudolph Singh on 01.
Earlier the visitors won the toss and elected to bat after the start of play was delayed due to damp spots on the square and were bowled out after tea in 40.1 overs. Shimron Hetmyer and Balchan Baldeo gave their team a bright start with an opening stand of 47 before Hetmyer, who scored a century against the President’s XI in the first round, skied left arm pacer Daniel Basdeo to short cover for 24 (4×4).
Pacer Keon Morris generated some pace and got his reward for maintaining a decent line when he had David Latchaya (04) taken at mid off at 52-2. Morris then induced Baldeo to edged one to wicket keeper Kemol Savory as Berbice slipped to 57-3. Baldeo went for 27 (4×4). Ashkay Homraj flashed at Basdeo and was caught at second slip for two before Hackeem Hinds (00) was run out in a terrible mix up which resulted from poor communication with skipper Sharaz Ramcharran leaving their team in further trouble at 63-5. Ramcharran (14) was then bowled by medium pacer Sherfene Rutherford at 78-6.
Viendra Gooniah and Arif Chan tried to steady the innings with a seventh wicket stand of 37, but Tagenarine Chanderpaul removed Gooniah for 22 (1×4) sending Berbice to tea at 116-7. Chan was run out after the interval for 18 (2×4) before skipper Brian Sattaur reintroduced Morris and the pacer had immediate success when he had Niall Smith (08) taken at slip. Morris then wrapped up the innings by having Grisean Grant (00) taken at the wicket leaving Parmanand Ramdhan unbeaten on 14. Morris ended with 4-42; Basdeo claimed 2-25 while Chanderpaul and Rutherford had once each.
Sattaur drove Smith’s first ball for four through mid on before hitting the bowler for consecutive boundaries through covers as Demerara got off to a flier. The left hander then flicked the bowler to long leg before smashing Grant over long on for a maximum. However Grant got the break through when Sattaur skied him to midwicket. He departed for 27 (4×4,1×6). Ronaldo Renee joined Chanderpaul and took the score to 54 before Renee was LBW to Ramcharran for 24 (4×4) just before the close.