Kandasammy (127*) blasts Lower Corentyne to first innings advantage


Opening batsman Surujnarine Kandasammy blasted a brilliant 127 not out to lead Lower Corentyne to a sizeable first innings lead over West Berbice on day one of the seventh and final round of the Guyana Cricket Board’s Jaguars Franchise League Three-day competition on Friday.


After dismissing West Berbice for 174 at the Port Mourant ground, Lower Corentyne raced to 288-3 by the close, on the back of Kandasammy’s hundred.


Elsewhere, Essequibo were struggling against West Demerara; Georgetown were strong in their reply to Upper Corentyne and 20 wickets tumbled on day one between East Coast Demerara and East Bank Demerara.


Below are the summarised scores.


At Port Mourant, West Berbice were dismissed for 174. Raffel Estraido top scored with 55, while Leon Andrews supported with 39.Bowling for Lower Corentyne, Veerasammy Permaul had 4-56, Kassim Khan took 3-38 and Raun Johnson 2-57.


Lower Corentyne reached 283-3 at the close of play. Opener Surujnarine Kandasammy is unbeaten on 127 and Seon Hetmyer is not out on 51. Jonathan Foo earlier made 42 and Gajanand Singh chipped in with 26. Collis Butts, Andrew Dutchin and Brandon Bess have so far taken a wicket each.


At Tuschen, West Demerara were dismissed for 346 after they were asked to bat first against Essequibo. Tagenarine Chanderpaul (54), Askhaya Persaud (54) and Romario Shephard (51) all made half-centuries. Raymon Reifer contributed 49, Chabriraj Ramcharan made 43 and Safraz Esau scored 35. Bowling for Essequibo, Anthony Adams took 5-68, while Akinie Adams had 2-64.


In reply, Essequibo closed on 87-3 with Keemo Paul on a blistering 43 not out (1×4, 5x6s). Shephard has so far taken 3-34.


At GCC, Bourda, Upper Corentyne, who won the toss and elected to bat, made 224 all out. Anthony Bramble top scored with 93, while Assad Fudadin scored 45. Bowling for Georgetown, Gajanan Suknanan registered figures of 6-78, while Kellon Carmichael took 2-45.


Georgetown closed on 116-2 with Robin Bacchus on 55 not out and Christopher Barnwell the other not out batsman on 10.  Sunil Singh (29) and Andrew Lyght Jr (17) were the batsmen dismissed. Eon Hooper and Keon Sinclair are the wicket takers so far.


At Enterprise, the home team, East Coast Demerara, could only muster 125 all out batting first. Bhaskar Yadram top scored with 31, Paul Wintz made 22 and Chandrapaul Hemraj contributed 20. Bowling for East Bank Demerara, Stephen Harris had figures of 3-40, Totaram Bishun 3-12 and Steven Jacobs 2-25.


East Bank Demerara were then bowled out for 165, earning a first innings lead of 40 runs. Deonarine Seegobin struck 56, Sherfane Rutherford 35 and Tevin Imlach scored 30.


Bowling for East Coast Demerara, Amir Khan took 3-24, Chandrapaul Hemraj 3-38, Kamesh Yadram 2-1 and Paul Wintz 2-39.

Batting a second time and facing a 40-run deficit, East Coast Demerara reached 34-0 with Bhaskar Yadram 26 not out and Keon Roberts on eight.


Photo caption: Surujnarine Kandasammy

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