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GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Travis Dowlin's unbeaten century and a four-wicket haul from Guyana off-spinner Zaheer Mohammed spearheaded Demerara to first innings points against Essequibo on the final day of the rain-hit, four-day Inter-County first round match at the Everest ground Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Dowlin stroked seven fours from 179 balls and 254 minutes in his responsible undefeated 102 as Demerara declared 47 minutes after lunch on 248 for eight.

This was despite an incisive spell of fast bowling from senior team pacer Trevon Garraway who snatched four for 31 on a flat track.

Needing to bat out the rest of the day to end the game on equal points with Demerara, Essequibo suffered an all too familiar batting collapse to be all out for 119 with 7.5 of the mandatory 15 overs remaining in the day's play.

Mohammed finished with four for 19 while pacer Chris Barnwell claimed three for 37.

Both captains agreed to call off the game with Demerara taking six points and Essequibo three.

"We wanted to make sure Essequibo could not get the runs by batting after lunch," Dowlin said.

"Our bowlers must be commended for a very good job on a placid pitch and we are now looking forward to our final round game against defending champions Berbice."

Resuming on their first day score of 86 for five after the second and third day's play on Sunday and Monday were completely washed out, Demerara reached 186 for seven by lunch with Dowlin on 73 and Mohammed on one.

Nightwatchman Rayon Griffith was bowled by Rayon Thomas for four at 99 for six before Dowlin and left-hander Krishna Deosarran added 83 for the seventh wicket in glorious sunshine.

When six away from a well deserved fifty, Deosarran pushed forward to leg-spinner Raakesh Goberdhan and was bowled. He batted for 108 minutes, faced 95 balls and hit four fours and a six.

Mohammed batted solidly and offered excellent support to Dowlin who soon posted his fourth hundred at this level with an exquisite cover driven boundary.

Essequibo started strongly and reached 56 for one at tea. However, they lost three wickets in the space of four runs to slump to 63 for four as pacer Chris Barnwell struck twice.

Wayne Osborne hit a cameo 21-ball 19 before he missed an injudicious swipe and was bowled by left-arm spinner Sauid Drepaul at 91 for five while Ramesh Narine (9) edged leg-spinner Leon Johnson to slip.
 
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