Ruther­ford strokes ton, Singh falls for 99 as East Bank leads Esse­quibo on first in­nings

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

All-rounder Sher­fane Ruther­ford con­tin­ues to churn out im­pres­sive per­for­mances in his quest to earn a sta­ble spot in the na­tional side.

The lat­est was a ma­ture cen­tury on the sec­ond day of the Guyana Cricket Board/Jaguars three-day league with East Bank bat­ting the en­tire day to end on 303 – 9, some 23 runs ahead of Esse­quibo at the Ever­est Cricket Club Ground, yes­ter­day.

Ruther­ford shared day two glory with West Indies un­der – 15 cap­tain Sachin Singh who fell one short of his cen­tury.

The duo fea­tured in a 196-run, fourth-wicket part­ner­ship in what is turn­ing out to be an even­ly­poised matchup head­ing into the fi­nal day, to­day.

East Bank on day two, reached 94 – 3 at lunch with Singh and Ruther­ford adding 57 runs after be­ing in a spot of bother early on with the score on 37 - 3.

Three wick­ets fell in the space of three runs as first class all- rounder Keemo Paul ac­counted for John Cham­payne and Ron­aldo Ali – Mo­hammed both of whom fell with­out scor­ing while Joshua Jones dis­missed Six­teen-year-old Sachin Singh nudges one into the leg side be­fore fall­ing ag­o­niz­ingly short of three fig­ures yes­ter­day (Roys­ton Alkins photo) Christo­pher Deonar­ine for 15.

The De­mer­ara Cricket Club (DCC) pair of Singh and Ruther­ford then set­tled things by work­ing the ball into the gaps while dis­patch­ing the loose de­liv­er­ies with rel­a­tive ease to carry their side safely to lunch, still trail­ing by 186 runs. Singh was un­beaten on 45 while his part­ner added 33.

Both men, after the lunch break, saw off a nag­ging spell from Paul to post their half cen­turies. Singh got to his be­fore Ruther­ford who reached his with a sav­age slap through point for four.

They then pushed the score be­yond the 150-run mark while ex­tend­ing their part­ner­ship which be­gan to take the game away from Esse­quibo.

Ruther­ford then started to up the ante by eas­ing Paul through the off side for a cou­ple of lovely timed bound­aries while Singh ticked the score along as East Bank looked set to over­haul Esse­quibo’s first in­nings to­tal.

Soo after Ruther­ford reached his cen­tury by smash­ing off-spin­ner Chaitram Per­saud for six over long off to post his mile­stone which took 208 de­liv­er­ies.

He ended the ses­sion un­beaten on 104 to carry East Bank to 231 for 3 at the end of a wicket less ses­sion for the lads from the Cin­derella County.

How­ever, Singh fell ag­o­niz­ingly short of his cen­tury, in the sec­ond over after the tea in­ter­val for 99, LBW to Ri­cardo Adams. He faced 227 de­liv­er­ies and struck 10 fours and a max­i­mum.

An­thony Adams then re­moved Ruther­ford in the fol­low­ing over in a sim­i­lar fash­ion for a well com­posed 108, an in­nings which in­cluded 11 bound­aries and three sixes, leav­ing the score on 237 – 5 to turn the game in Esse­quibo’s fa­vor.

Two more quick wick­ets fol­lowed with the score rest­ing on 238 as Danny Narayan (2) fell LBW to An­thony Adams while Mark Rhobe (1) was sent pack­ing via a beau­ti­ful piece of stump­ing by first in­nings cen­tury maker Ke­mol Sa­vory to hand Ri­cardo Adams his sec­ond wicket.

East Bank was now in dan­ger of fall­ing short of Esse­quibo’s first in­nings to­tal.

How­ever, A stub­born lower or­der ef­fort from off­spin­ner Dar­shan Per­saud who ended un­beaten on 32, pushed East Bank to past Esse­quibo’s first in­nings to­tal and the 300-run mark to end the day on 303 – 9.

Per­saud stroked a few exquisitely timed late af­ter­noon bound­aries to catch the eyes of the on­look­ers.

An­thony Adams has so far taken 3 – 71 while fel­low left-arm spin­ner Ri­cardo Adams has 2 – 35 and Paul 2 – 61.

Left-arm spin­ner An­thony Adams cap­tured three later af­ter­noon wick­ets yes­ter­day to keep things in­ter­est­ing head­ing into the fi­nal day. (Roys­ton Alkins photo)

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