SOME excellent bowling and fielding have put the East Coast Franchise in a commanding position against Georgetown on the opening day of the third round Franchise League three-day cricket tournament at Lusignan.The hosts are in total control after bowling their opponents out for 192 before reaching 102-4 at stumps.Winning the toss and deciding to bat on a slow pitch and a slow outfield, the city side were given a decent 47-run opening stand between Robin Bacchus and Raymond Perez, but were then reduced to 117-5 at lunch.Bacchus was aggressive from the start, contributing the bulk of the runs. He stroked four fours and two sixes before he was removed by Rajendra Singh for a run-a-ball 36.Perez was then run-out for 22 before Singh claimed his second wicket, that of Sunil Singh for three.Ramaal Lewis did not do much better as he mustered three runs before falling victim to off-spinner Kumar Bishundyal, leaving the City team on 96-4. However, Christopher Barnwell stood firm and took the score to 116 before he was bowled by Bhaskar Yadram for 44.In the afternoon session, Bishundyal picked up three more wickets to finish with figures of 4-60 while Cordel Mars contributed a wicket to skittle out the City team in 67.2 overs. Paul Wintz (34 not out) was the only one of the remaining batsmen to pass ten.In the run chase, discarded Test batsman Rajendra Chandrika (45), Brian Sattuar (12), Yadram (0), and Chanderpaul Hemraj (35), were the batsmen dismissed.Gajanan Suknanan, Kellon Carmichael, Devon Lord and Steven Sankar claimed a wicket each.Joshua Persaud (1 not out) and Bishundyal who is yet to score will resume today, with the hosts 90 runs away from Georgetown’s first-innings total.Meanwhile, scores from the other three games are as follows:At Albion: Lower Corentyne replying to Upper Corentyne first innings 130 all out, were 166-3. Opener Wahid Edwards was on 74 while Seon Hetmyer is on 14. For Upper Corentyne Anthony Bramble top-scored with 34. Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul claimed 6-49 while Kassim Khan had 4-37.At Everest: Essequibo were bowled out for 280 in 97.1 overs. Kemol Savory stroked an enterprising 136 off 195 balls while Mark Williams supported with 43. Bowling for East Bank, Sherfane Rutherford claimed 2-43, while Darshan Persaud and Totaram Bishun had 3-47 and 3-73 respectively.At Tuschen: West Demerara were bowled out for 110, with only Akshaya Persaud (42) and Tevin Imlach (39) offered some fight with the bat. Bowling for West Berbice, Gudakesh Motie claimed 6-17. West Berbice in reply were bundled out for 106. Arthley Bailey (46) and Avishkar Sewkarran (32) were the principal scorers. Bowling for West Demerara, Keshram Seyhodan took 4-37 while Romario Shepherd took 3-29.Batting a second time, West Demerara were 57 without loss. Play resumes today at 09:30hrs at all four venues. … Kemol Savory strokes an enterprising 136
The Professional Golfers Association of Ghana (PGA), has congratulated three of Ghana’s professional golfers for their encouraging performance at the just ended 2017 Mongomo Professional Golf Open Championship in Equatorial Guinea.The three professional golfers, Vincent Torgah, the 2017 West Africa Champion from Tema Country Golf Club, Emos Korblah of Achimota Golf Club and Kojo Barnni, who won the just ended 4th edition of the Gold Fields Championship in Damaang, Tarkwa placed 15th, 16th, and 21st positions respectively.Public Relations Officer (PRO) for PGA, Nana Prempeh, said the competition which was to run for four days, had the third day disrupted by a heavy downpour.Vincent Torgah on the first, second and third days played 73, 73 and course par respectively making a total of 218.Emos Korblah scored four over par in the opening day but bettered his play on the second and third days with one under and course par respectively which brought his three days to 219.Kojo Barnni started with four over, continued with one under in day two and finished by scoring course par with 221 in total. Nana Prempeh said PGA congratulated the trio for their performance considering the number of countries that participated and the calibre of golfers at the championship.Peter Karmis from South Africa won the championship whereas Follet Smith from Britain claimed the second position.He said the three-day championship, saw golfers drawn from over 34 countries from Europe, Africa and Asia and I can confidently say we are proud of the performance of the team that represented Ghana.Meanwhile, Torgah and Barnni will move to Nigeria to participate in another championship which will tee-off on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.Emos Korblah is expected to return to Ghana today (Tuesday) December 18, 2017. Nana Prempeh used the opportunity to appreciate the support from the media and has encouraged them to do more in support of golf in the country.‘’We [PGA] will like to appreciate the media for their enormous role in promoting golf in the country. The contribution has been great and fantastic. However, we will appeal to the media to do more in supporting golf in Ghana,’’ he added.