GCB/GTM Under-19 Inter-County - GT&T Berbice book place in final with second win … Demerara get past Essequibo

Guyana Chronicle article.

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - Following their commanding 99-run victory over Demerara the previous day, defending champions GT&T Berbice chalked up their second win yesterday, a resounding nine-wicket victory over President’s XI at the Demerara Cricket Club ground, to book a place in next Monday’s final of the Guyana Cricket Board/GTM Under-19 Inter-County limited overs tournament.

Demerara also recorded a victory yesterday, when they defeated Essequibo by 45 runs at the Everest Cricket Club ground, thanks to leg-spinner Steven Sankar’s five-wicket haul and two resilient half-centuries from skipper Kamesh Yadram and Kemol Savory.

Scores in the two matches at DCC: President’s XI 73 all out, GT&T Berbice 74 for 1 off 13 overs, and at Everest, Demerara 193 for 9 Essequibo 148 all out off 48.4 overs.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, the President’s XI must have regretted making such a decision, as Romario Shepherd-DeJonge, who was later named Man-of-the-Match for his 2 for 22, ripped apart their top order to leave them precariously placed on 42 for 6 in the 22nd over.

Martin Pestano-Belle, who topscored in the President’s XI innings with his 81-ball 18 (1x4) and Garfield De Rouche 11, saved their team from further embarrassment by adding 17 important runs for the seventh wicket.

The demise of Pestano-Belle saw the further destruction of the President’s XI batting lineup, as they failed to negotiate the guiles of Sharaz Ramcharran, Shailendra Shameer and Shawn Pereira, who took 2 wickets each for 9, 13 and 14 runs respectively.

Asked to bat seven overs before the lunch interval, Berbice openers Ashkay Homraj and Devin Baldeo said thank by cantering to 41 without any loss at the break, with Homraj, who struck Niall Smith back over his head for six, unbeaten on 17 and Baldeo 19.

GT&T Berbice lost Baldeo after lunch for 20 when the batsman was smartly stumped by Denesh Mangal off Vishal Narayan, but his demise only enabled Homraj to open his shoulders, which he did perfectly by hitting Mark Hamilton back over his head three times for maximums.

Ramcharran on 2 was there with Homraj when the victory was achieved. Homraj raced to 45 which contained four sixes and two fours.

At Everest, Demerara won the toss and decided to take first strike against the local perennial whipping boys and were quickly left on 14 for 2, following the dismissal of the pugnacious Brian Sattaur who was caught at point without scoring and Andrew Gibson (2), as Essequibo started with an all-spin attack of Ricardo Adams and Herry Greene.

Yadram responded for his team, by hitting both Adams and Greene for boundaries during his 31-run third-wicket partnership with Tagenarine Chanderpaul, who for the second successive game was run-out, by the full length of the pitch 14 (1x4) - this time by Greene who executed some fine fielding at cover.

In came Savory and after displaying a cautious mode, added 55 for the fourth wicket with Yadram, who posted his half-century from 67 balls, counting four fours and two sixes, with one of his sixes coming off the bowling of Andy Dass, with the ball landing somewhere on Carifesta Avenue.

Yadram holed out to Mark Gonsalves at long on off Mohammed Hassan and after posting his half-century from 79 balls with four fours, Savory saw his stumps being rattled by Dass, but not before he drove the spinner exquisitely through extra cover twice for two of his fours.

Bernard Bailey and Dexter George played two cameo innings, hitting 27 and 26 respectively for Demerara, as Dass and Adams ended with two wickets each for 17 and 25 runs respectively for Essequibo, who in their reply slipped to 17 for 2 in the 5th over.

They lost Avenash Persaud without scoring in the first over when he was bowled by George (2 for 34), with the umpires being forced to replace the broken stumps while the dangerous Ricardo Peters was caught at the wicket by Savory off Bailey for 4.

Adams refused to let the two early wickets distract him mentality by hitting Bailey for a four over wide midwicket, followed by an authoritative six back over long on, before he later sent Devon Lorde crashing over wide long-on twice for maximums.

He reached his 50 from 47 deliveries with three fours and three sixes, but after hitting Lorde for his third and final six, picked out Bailey at long-on off the next delivery - a demise that created a batting collapse for Essequibo.

Prior to his dismissal at 77 for 2, Adams added 60 with Gonsalves who holed out to Shivram Persaud at deep midwicket off Sankar for 8, in the next over.

Despite Hassan’s 15 and Greene’s 13 in the lower order, the Cinderella County team’s lower order batsmen had no response to Sankar, whose 5 for 34 did not only earn him the Man-of-the-Match award, but also  compliments from Lorde and George who took 2 wickets each for 32 and 34 runs respectively, as Demerara came away with the win.

Following a rest day today, the four teams will swing into action for tomorrow’s final round of matches with GT&T Berbice taking on Essequibo at the once-famous Georgetown Cricket Club ground while the President’s XI and Demerara will do battle at Wales.

First Published In The Guyana Chronicle.

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 21:29