E’bo 267-7 at close of first day against U17 Se­lect XI

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT - By Ro­mario Sa­ma­roo

Esse­quibo bat­ted with pa­tience and in­tent while the Un­der-17 Se­lect XI chipped away as Esse­quibo closed on 267-7 af­ter 87 overs on the first day of the sec­ond round of the Guyana Cricket Board/Hand-In-Hand Mu­tual Fire and Life In­surance, three-day Un­der-19 In­ter-County com­pe­ti­tion at the Ever­est Cricket Club ground yes­ter­day.

Esse­quibo’s top or­der did well to score freely but while two of the top three bats­men got starts none of them were able to carry on to big scores as they bat­tled the steamy bowl­ing from the Se­lect XI as well as rain in­ter­vals for heavy rain.

Esse­quibo won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket of­fer­ing lit­tle as­sis­tance but with just 10 overs bowled the rain in­ter­vened and lunch was taken with Esse­quibo 380. Or­lando Jailall was un­beaten on 21 and Kevin Chris­tian, not out on 17.

On the re­sump­tion of play, Syl­vian Williams pro­duced a rip­per that found the out­side edge of Jailall’s bat and car­ried to wick­et­keeper, Yeud­i­s­tir Per­saud with­out adding to his to­tal.Chris­tian, though, and Kurt Lovell added a 69run sec­ond-wicket part­ner­ship. Lovell, the more ag­gres­sive of the two, rode his luck. He was dropped on 33 and faced 69 balls ham­mer­ing four bound­aries be­fore he was caught by the sub­sti­tute fielder Gevon Schultz at cover for 49 off off spin­ner Mar­van Per­saud.

Chris­tian made 45 with five fours be­fore, look­ing to slice a de­liv­ery from Prasad over point was caught by Fawaz Gafoor.

Mark Ram­sammy and Shane Wong saw Esse­quibo to tea on 161-3 but the part­ner­ship was bro­ken shortly af­ter when Ram­sammy de­parted for 30 from 69 de­liv­er­ies bowled by a beauty from Trevon Charles while Wong was trapped by Prasad for 23 af­ter fac­ing 121 balls.

Esse­quibo’s Joshua Jones hit four fours and a six to close un­beaten on 27 and his part­ner, Joel For­tune on five. Prasad was the key bowler with 3-74 from 21 overs while Williams picked up two with Charles and Singh one wicket each. The match re­sumes at 10:00h to­day.

Top per­form­ers from yes­ter­day’s match: From left Utom Mun­roe (GYO) Devon Lord (GCC) Win­ston Forester (GCC).

Kurt Lovell sends one down the ground dur­ing his top score of 49.

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