Young Chanderpaul hits brilliant 187 off GT bowlersBy Rajiv BisnauthTAGENARINE Chanderpaul stole the limelight on day two of the fifth round Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Jaguars Franchise League, Three-day tournament between West Demerara and Georgetown, yesterday at the Lusignan Community Centre ground.Displaying his wide repertoire of strokes, the 20-year-old decimated the Georgetown attack with a scintillating 187, his first ton in the eight-round tournament.His 347-ball innings took West Demerara to 357, an overall lead of 187.In reply, Georgetown were left with much work to do, after West Demerara successfully chipped away with the wickets of Robin Bacchus (4), Andrew Lyght Jr (23) and Sunil Singh (32) during the final session.When play ended, Georgetown were 62-3, still facing a first innings deficit of 113 with seven wickets remaining.Jahran Byron and Christopher Barnwell will resume today on seven and four respectively.Starting the day’s play with the aim of out batting their opponents, West Demerara batsmen did exactly that.West Demerara’s batting performance extended through two sessions of play on day two to put them in complete command and on course for victory.First-class opener Chanderpaul,and Akshaya Persaud showed a lot of composure in ensuring their team took complete control of the game.Resuming on 96, Chanderpaul reached his hundred, while Persaud got to his fifty. Both batsmen reached their respective landmarks within the first 15 minutes of play.Chanderpaul was certainly the hero of the innings with his first hundred in the tournament.It was decorated with two boundaries and five huge sixe and ended when he was nearing his double century.The pair seized the advantage and took the score to 203. In the process they put together 163 runs for the fourth-wicket while taking the attack to the opposition bowlers.However, off-spinner Gajanan Suknanan (3-89) provided the City team with the vital breakthrough when he trapped Persaud leg before wicket for 72.West Demerara then lost Yetesh Dhanpaul (5) off the bowling on Ronaldo Alimohamed. Kemol Savory was removed by Suknanan for seven, while Travis Persaud was bowled by left-arm pacer Andre Stoll (2-50) without scoring, at 235-6.By lunch, West Demerara had consolidated their lead to 74. Chanderpaul was on 134 in company with Romario Shephard on two.Resuming after lunch, Shephard was bowled by Devon Lord for seven, while Richie Looknauth was removed by Christopher Barnwell for five.However, Chanderpaul continued his superb knock, and together with Mahendra Dhanpaul, added 69 for the ninth wicket to further put their team in total control.Howerer, both batsmen fell just before the tea interval, to medium pacer Kellon Carmichael (2-35). Chanderpaul’s innings spanned 414 minutes, inclusive of eleven fours and seven sixes.Meanwhile, summarised scores in the other three games are as follows:At Port Mourant: Essequibo,resuming on their overnight score of 99/4 in reply to Upper Corentyne’s 206/9 declared, were eventually dismissed for 165. Former West Indies Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul top scored with 55. Bowling for Upper Corentyne, Eon Hooper bagged 5/30.Upper Corentyne,in their second turn at the crease,were then dismissed for 201. Clinton Pestano top scored with 47, Kevlon Anderson made 40, Eon Hooper also made 40 and Jason Sinclair chipped in with 20. Kemo Paul (4wks), Anthony Adams (3wks) and Ricardo Adams (2wks) were the main wicket takers.Essequibo,requiring 243 for victory,are 0/1 with Rayon Fredericks the batsman dismissed.At Enterprise: West Berbice declared at their overnight total of 407/9,with Keyron Fraser on 120 not out and Collis Butts 34 not out.East Bank Demerara,in their reply,reached 275/8 with the consistent Danny Narayan scoring 72 and Tevin Imlach making 70. Bowling for West Berbice, Keyron Fraser has so far taken 3/41 while Kevin Jawahir has 3/59.At Albion: The home team, Lower Corentyne, were bowled out for 193. Seon Hetmyer made 54 while Surujnarine Kandasammy and Jonathan Foo contributed 46 and 37 respectively. Bowling for East Coast Demerara, Amir Khan bagged 5/69 while Paul Wintz had 3/44.East Coast Demerara were then pegged back by Lower Corentyne who claimed 7 East Coast Demerara wickets for just 97 runs before close of play.Bowling for Lower Corentyne, Kassim Khan has so far taken 3/20 while Royston Crandon has 2/10. Ramnarine Chatura made 23 and Bhaskar Yadram contributed 21 for East Coast Demerara.