Upper Corentyne upset East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje to reach Under-17 final
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Led firstly by 58 from Parmeshwar Chaterpal and some devastating bowling, Upper Corentyne created a major upset when they knocked out defending champions East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje to reach the final of the 2013 Republic Bank Under-17 inter-zone cricket competition in Berbice taking first innings honours in their drawn semi-final.
In the match which was played at the Cumberland Ground in East Canje, Upper Corentyne lost the toss and were sent in to bat first. Chaterpal featured in three vital partnership - 26 for the opening stand with Aslim Baksh, 21 for the 2nd wicket with Dion Esau (10) and 28 for the 4th wicket with Jamal Jackman (6) helping them to 73 for 3
But after that, they slipped to 97 for 7 at which point Chaterpal fell for a crucial 58. Upper Corentyne were eventually all out for 103 in their first innings. Doing the damage for East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje were offspinner Leon Andrews with 3 for 35, left-arm spinner Jaleel Jaffar 3 for 25, left-arm pacer Kassim Khan 2 for 9 and medium pacer Omar Weatherspoon 2 for 11.
When the combined side began their first-innings reply, Upper Corentyne’s opening fast bowler Nicholas Seenarine took three early wickets to leave them in shambles at 25 for 3.
After Leon Andrews (19) and Steve Deonarine (14 added a valuable 20 for the 4th wicket, off-spinners Devanand Chatterpaul and Dion Esau picked up three wickets each in quick time to see them being bowled out for 66.
Bowling for Upper Corentyne, Dion Esau took 3 for 13, Nicholas Seenarine took 3 for 15 and Devanand Chatterpaul 3 for 16.
Enjoying a first-innings lead of 37, Upper Corentyne began their 2nd innings with 120 minutes still left in the game. The early wickets that East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje hoped for to effect a come-from-behind victory, did not materialise and Upper Corentyne managed to reach 54 for 5 when rain halted play at 16:25hrs. Leon Andrews took 2 for 20.
Upper Corentyne have therefore earned the right to meet Lower Corentyne in the final of the competition on Saturday at Albion.