Demerara advance to final after beating U-17’s by 16 runs
On an overcast day along the East Bank of Demerara, Demerara defeated the
National Under-17 Select team by 16 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis Method as Guyana Cricket Board
(GCB)/Hand-in-Hand Group of Companies Under -19 50 over inter-county tournament resumed with third round action yesterday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
The match started at 10:00 Hrs, 30 minutes late, due to early morning rain with Demerara winning the toss and batting first. After four overs in their innings and the score on 13/0, the heavens opened and saw about 2 hours of play being lost. This forced a reduction in the number of overs per side to 35.
After the interruption, Demerara found the going tough and were restricted to 140/8 from their 35 overs. Raymond Perez top-scored with 29 (2×4), while Ronaldo Ali-Mohammed made 23 (2×6) and Sherfane Rutherford 16. The National Select U-17’s utilized the conditions beautifully with Kevlon Anderson picking up 2-29 from seven overs, left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd 2-30 while Kevin Sinclair (1-29) and Kevin Umroa (1-19) had one wicket each.
When the National U-17 Select Team took to the crease there was a solid opening partnership between Sachin Singh and Bhaskar Yadram which was aided by some wayward bowling especially from Ali-Mohammed. However, Demerara skipper Travis Persaud grabbed 4-11 to cop the Man-of-the-Match Award as he joined forces with off-spinner Richie Looknauth (3-13) to break the back of the U-17’s. Ronaldo Ali-Mohammed picked up 2 for 26 from 6 overs after going for a few in his first spell.
The National Select U-17’s were eventually shot out for 128 in the final over after they were asked to make 145 from 35 overs under the Duckworth/Lewis Method.
Demerara captain Travis Persaud was named Man of the Match.
The competition continues today with Essequibo taking on Berbice from 09:30 Hrs.