SECOND-INNINGS RESPONSE GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): Emerging leg-spinner Gudakesh Motie unleashed his best bowling effort in only his second first-class match, as Guyana Jaguars continue to stamp their authority over Leeward Islands Hurricanes on the third day of their second-round match in the Regional First Class Championship at the National Stadium at Providence here yesterday. Motie, 20, produced a six-wicket haul that destroyed the Hurricanes’ first innings for a paltry 85 runs, 334 runs short of Guyana’s mammoth first-innings total of 419 for nine declared. However, half-centuries from Nkrumah Bonner and Daron Cruickshank inspired a courageous fight back, lifting the visitors to 215 for three in their second innings, after Jaguars enforced the follow-on. Still, Leewards trail by 119 runs with seven second-innings wickets in hand, and are likely to play for a draw when the match enters its final day on Monday. The visitors were unable to recover from their overnight score of 48 for four, and only succeeded in adding 37 runs before losing the remaining six wickets ahead of the lunch break. Motie, the former West Indies under-19 player, picked his way through the Leewards’ fragile batting line-up, snatching up two wickets when the score was on 26, and another two with the score on 84, to finish with six wickets, conceding 20 runs from 13.2 overs, seven of which were maidens. Opener Sherwin Peters, with a top score of 28, and Captain Steve Liburd, who scored 23, were the only batsmen to score more than 11 runs. Facing a huge first-innings deficit, Leewards gave a better account of themselves in the second innings, which started before lunch. LEEWARDS TRAIL BY 119 RUNS A carefully compiled 57 from Cruickshank, an aggressive 58 from Bonner and three half-century partnerships scripted a solid second-innings response. A stubborn opening stand of 50 between Peters (39) and Shane Jeffers (31) was an early indication that Leewards had not yet thrown in the towel. Jeffers was severe on Ronsford Beaten, but the Guyanese pacer got his revenge by uprooting his stump to end the opening stand. Cruickshank batted for 11 minutes, faced 83 balls and scored nine fours before he was trapped lbw to Motie. He and Peters consolidated with a second-wicket stand of 65. Bonner, who has already hit nine fours and a six for his unbeaten 58, and Orlando Peters, 25 not out, have already compiled 80 runs for the third wicket.
Berbice Zone Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’…-join Hopetown, Outsiders and Lichfield in semisThe West Berbice community of Trafalgar sent defending champions New Amsterdam (NA) Kings crashing out of this year’s Berbice Zone Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ competition, inflicting on them a crushing 3-0 defeat as quarter-final action concluded on Saturday night at the Old Stelling Road in New Amsterdam.Part of the quarter-final action in the Berbice Zone of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ CompetitionThe game was played in front of another large crowd, and Trafalgar joined Hopetown, Outsiders and Lichfield in last night’s semi-finals and final played at the same venue.Following completion of the Round of 16 play earlier in the evening, Trafalgar squared off against the reigning champs in the third quarter-final game; and even though the contest was an evenly contested one in the first period, one could sense that the visitors were gaining momentum in the final period.Their hero, Kevin McKenzie, opened his account in the 16th minute with a neat flick into an empty goal, and he was back in action three minutes later when he netted a Guinness goal to seal a well-deserved victory and a place in the last four for his team.In the first quarter-final matchup, Hopetown, another team from West Berbice, beat Mahaicony 2-0, thanks to a goal from Darren Douglas in the 13th minute and another from Akeemo Watts in the 16th.Derick Taylor’s solitary strike in the 9th minute booked Outsiders’ place in the last four over Dam Boys, while Lichfield outlasted East Bank Gunners 2-0 in a penalty shootout after their clash ended in a 0-0 stalemate.Over $700,000 in prize money and trophies are up for grabs, while a place in the national playoffs is the other incentive to be derived for winning the competition.Complete ResultsGuinness Goal-(GG)-2 GoalsQuarterfinal RoundGame-1Hopetown-2 vs Mahaicony-0Darren Douglas-13thAkeemo Watts-16thGame-2Outsiders-1 vs Dam Boys-0Derick Taylor-9thGame-3Trafalgar-3 vs NA Kings-0Kevin McKenzie-16th and (GG)-19thGame-4East Bank Gunners-0 vs Lichfield-0Lichfield won 2-0 on penalty kicksRound of 16Game-1Hopetown vs Young StrikersHopetown won via walkoverGame-2Outsiders-0 vs Street Knights-0Outsiders won 1-0 on penalty kicksGame-3Orealla Falcons-1 vs East Bank Gunners-2East Bank ScorersRonaldo August-14thQuin Hazel-16thOrealla ScorerRawlston Alpin-13thGame-4Soccer Ville-2 vs Dam Boys-3Dam Boys ScorersOrlan Hinds-9th and (GG)-18thSoccer Ville ScorerAkeem Cadogan-(GG)-19thGame-5Trafalgar-3 vs Platinum Squad-0Adrian Prince-(GG)-19thRyan Schultz-12thGame-6Tucber Giants-0 vs Mahaicony-3Jose Ali-(GG)-19thEwart Abel-5thGame-7NA Kings-3 vs Top-7:1NA ScorersJoshua Butt-5thRay Reddock-9thOwn Goal-16thTop-7 ScorerShaquille Batson-2ndGame-8Lichfield-1 vs Twenties-1Lichfield won 2-1 on penalty kicksLichfield ScorerAllan Garnett-4thTwenties ScorerRonaldo Cassiano-15th