Sattaur, Hemraj bat East Coast into dominant position
Fourth round action in the Jaguars Franchise League Three-day tournament continued on Saturday with play on day two at four venues across the country.
The highlights of the day’s play were a hundred for Brian Sattaur, nineties for Leon Johnson, Ricardo Adams and Devon Clements and five-wicket hauls for Nial Smith and Ershad Ali.
At the Bush Lot ground, West Berbice resuming on their overnight score of 179-9 in reply to East Coast Demerara’s first innings score of 143 all out, added eight runs to their overnight score, folding for 187 off 61.4, to set up a slim overall first innings lead of 44.
East Coast Demerara in their second innings batted with more purpose and determination, to compile a massive 321 all out off of 81.2 overs. Former national youth captain Brian Sattaur struck a brilliant 105, while First-Class batsman Chandrapaul Hemraj supported with 78.
Their superb second innings’ batting effort took away the match advantage from West Berbice, whome they set a challenging 278 for victory. West Berbice reached 27-0 when play ended.
Over at the Young Warriors ground in Cumberland, Upper Demerara/East Bank, resuming on their overnight score of 132-8, were dismissed for 139. Ronaldo AliMohamed and Steven Jacobs made 32 and 31 respectively. Bowling for Lower Corentyne, Kassim Khan grabbed 4-49 and Veerasammy Permaul 3-39.
Lower Corentyne, with a slim first innings lead of nine runs, executed their batting prowess much better in the second innings, making 279. Openers Alex Algoo made 36 and Waheid Edwards 37, featuring in a first wicket partnership of 70.
Kevlon Anderson then cracked a composed 72, but it was Devon Clements’ brilliant batting performance of 97 that gave Lower Corentyne a winning edge, as they set the visitors 288 to win. Bowling for Upper Demerara/East Bank Ershaad Ali took 5-49 and Keon Morris 3-36.
Upper Demerara/East Bank needing 289 to win, found batting difficult in their second innings and they were struggling on 43-5 by close of play. Mark Rhobe is on 13 not out, while Sherfane Rutherford is unbeaten on 12. Fast bowler Nial Smith has so far taken all five wickets to have fallen, to end the day’s play with 5-19.
At Port Mourant, Upper Corentyne pushed their overnight score from 267 to 371 all out off 119.3 overs. Bowling for West Demerara, Keshram Seyhodan took 4-78 and Mahendra Dhanpaul 2-40.
West Demerara in reply were dismissed for 133 with Raymon Reifer making 56 and Akshaya Persaud 34. Bowling for Upper Corentyne, Clinton Pestano took 4-31, David Latchman 3-31 and Shawn Pereira 2-19. With a lead of 184, Upper Corentyne enforced the follow-on, with West Demerara managing to reach 59-1 by the close.
Over at Tuschen, Georgetown, resuming on their overnight score of 13 without loss, managed to post 245 all out by tea, to give them an overall lead of 192. Leon Johnson made a well-grafted 91, Christopher Barnwell stroked a watchful 48, while Steven Sankar and Dexter Solomon supported with 25 and 23 respectively.
Bowling for Essequibo, Ricardo Adams and Akini Adams took three wickets each, while Keemo Paul picked up two wickets.
Essequibo, needing 193 for victory with 34 overs remaining in the day’s play, were in early trouble as Christopher Barnwell ripped through the top order batting by claiming four wickets. However, a brilliant display of batsmanship by Ricardo Adams, who struck 95, saw Essequibo in reach of their victory target of 193, as they closed the second day’s play on 155-5.
Mark Williams supported well an unbeaten 34. Bowling for Georgetown, Barnwell has so far taken 4-37.