INTER-COUNTY 50-OVER: Sinclair (7-15) spins Berbice to victory over Demerara

Steven Sankar took 3-22 from 7.4 overs

A wicket each from the slow-bowling pair of Akshaya Persaud (1-16) and Richie Looknauth (1-9) provided extra proficiency for Demerara.

Berbice struggled at 90-5 at one point, following the assault from the pacers, which left much work to do for the middle-order.

Sinclair then single-handedly bowled his team to victory as he on show from the introduction by knocking over West Indies Test opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul for one.

Mathew Nandu (21), Akshaya Persaud (0) Looknauth, Rutherford(6), Ronaldo  Alimohamed (4) and Bernard Bailey (6) all succumbed to the guile of Sinclair.

Looknauth struck seven fours in a defiant 36.

Pacer Shamar Joseph grabbed 1-18 alongside Veerasammy Permaul who had 1-12.

Kevin Sinclair celebrates one of his seven wickets 

SCORECARD: https://cricheroes.in/scorecard/7987536/GCB-Senior-Inter-County-Super-50/Berbice-vs-Demerara#teams

Notably, Shimon Hetmyer, who was named as part of the Berbice squad, did not turn up for the game.

Efforts by News Room to ascertain the circumstances surrounding his absence proved futile.

Team officials declined to offer an official reason for his no-show.

Additionally, opener Chandrapaul Hemraj, who was part of the Demerara squad, was absent, but had informed Demerara’s selectors of his unavailability for the first round.

Following the conclusion of the CPL, it is understood Hemraj ventured to the US to play there.

On Sunday, the GCB Select XI battles Essequibo at the Georgetown Cricket Club from 09:00h.

The tournament is used to select the Guyana Harpy Eagles’ 14-man squad for the Regional Super50 that starts October 17 in Trinidad and Tobago.

Guyana has not won a Regional 50-Over title since 2005 and is seeking to complete the ‘Regional Treble’ this year.