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.
A man is now in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital after being struck by a motorcar along the Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara (ECD) Public Road.Injured is Apollos Mohanlall, 33, of Lot 299 Fourth Street, Alexander Village, Georgetown.According to reports, the man was walking along the Liliendaal roadway at about 19:00h on Thursday when he was struck by a black TVR with registration number PSS 411.The driver of the vehicle, George Chester, of Lot 67 Block R, North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, told Guyana Times that he was on his way home when Mohanlall suddenly appeared in his path.“I was driving when this man made a sudden run across the road. After I saw that, I immediately pulled my brakes but I still struck him,” the driver said.He added that he immediately rendered assistance to the injured man and realised that he was unconscious. “I came out of my car and I rushed to him, he was unconscious on the road and was not responding to my calls.”Assisted by public spirited individuals, Chester picked up the man and rushed him to the Georgetown Public Hospital. This newspaper was told that Mohanlall has not regained unconsciousness and has suffered severe head injuries.A report was made at the Sparendaam Police Station and Chester is assisting the Police with investigations.