Berbice and the U-17 Select wrapped up day two of their match with the situation likely to swing either way heading into the final day at Everest.
Trevon Stanislaus and Leon Swamy both scored 47 to rescue Berbice from a position of 88-5 to 176 all out in their first innings. Stanislaus struck six fours and two sixes, while Swamy thumped three sixes and a single four. Captain Kevin Sinclair fell for 21.
National youth player (U-17) Sheldon Charles snared 3-20 in an impressive spell of bowling, while leg-spinner Niron Bissu took 2-12.
The U-17 XI resumed on 76-4, trailing by 100 runs with hopes resting in the clutches of Andre Seepersaud.
Spinner Kelvin Umrao was again a menace with the ball, bagging 5-34, while the all-rounder Kevin Sinclair chipped in with 3-15, which restricted the U-17 lads to 111 all out in their first innings, with Seepersaud ending on 26.
Not much could be done to combat the class of Umrao and Sinclair, who shared 8 wickets during their spell, although notable players like Sachin Singh (15) and Nigel Deodat (14) briefly resisted.
Batting again, Berbice looked a bit better at the crease, as their batsmen took the score at the end of day two to 198-4, with Alex Algoo hitting 62 and skipper Kevlon Anderson carving an unbeaten 73.
Anderson was classy as usual, but was seemingly looking set for a century when he resumed his innings. Meanwhile, Bissu and Deodat were the two successful bowlers for the U-17 side, with 2-44 and 2-46 respectively.