Upper Corentyne went to bed on day one in a comfortable position after ending with a 37-run lead over table-leaders Essequibo when the GCB/Jaguars 3-Day League continued on Friday with the start of round five.
Contested at the Port Mourant Ground in Berbice, Upper Corentyne were strongly placed on 190-3 from 50 overs at stumps, thanks to an unbroken 68-run partnership between David Latchaya who compiled 66 not out from 68 balls (8×4, 1×6) and wicket-keeper batsman Anthony Bramble who struck an unbeaten 43 with four fours and two sixes.
Openers Kandasammy Surujnarine and Balchand Baldeo made 34 and 28 respectively with Joshua Ramsammy being the other batsman dismissed for 3. Essequibo skipper Anthony Adams picked up 2-57 while Keemo Paul ended with 1-54.
Batting first , Essequibo were knocked over for a first innings score of 153 in 47.1 overs, with opener Kevon Boodie who showed glimpses of form in the previous rounds, top-scoring with an even 50 off 57 balls inclusive of seven boundaries.
Upper Corentyne’s bowling was led by seasoned off-spinner Eon Hooper who tormented the Cinderella County boys, ending with sublime figures of 5-63 including the big scalp of Ricardo Adams for 10. Support came from former national U19 all-rounder Shawn Perreira who chipped in with 3-34.
Boodie and Paul (18) added 68 for the first wicket before the latter was stumped off the bowling of Perreira while in-form batsman Kemol Savory notched up Essequibo’s next best score of 22 before falling to Hooper.
With Hooper and Perreira sharing eight wickets, table leaders scorecard reflected poor scores with only; Chaitram Persaud (18), Akinie Adams (10) and Vishi Surujpaul (14) were the others to enter double figures.
West Berbice vs. East Bank at Bushlot Ground
West Berbice 140 all out in 42.2 overs with Andrew Dutchin’s 45-ball 28 being the top score as all-rounders Ronaldo AliMohammed (3-43), Sherfane Rutherford (3-29) and Steven Jacobs (3-30) ripped through their batting. East Bank were 161-7 in reply with Jacobs (61), Rutherford (23) and Sachin Singh (29), getting among the runs.
Georgetown vs. West Demerara at Tuschen Ground
Batting first, West Demerara racked up 333 all out in 97.3 overs compliments of an even century West Indies Test selectee all-rounder Raymon Reifer and 52 from Romario Shepherd. Together Reifer and Shepherd featured in a 107-run stand. Tevin Imlach (28), Mahendra Dhanpaul (31) and 23 apiece from Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Travis Persaud, completed a good batting performance.
Georgetown Captain Leon Johnson was the stand out bowler with 3-67, with support coming from Robin Bacchus (3-40) and Ashmead Nedd (2-40). At stumps Georgetown, were 1-0 in reply.