Republic Bank U-17 Results Jun 1
A fine batting performance from Berbice Under-17 wicketkeeper batsman, Rajesh Umrao, gave Lower Corentyne the edge they needed to get the better of West Berbice in their semi-final of the 2014 Republic Bank Under-17 Inter-Zone 50-Over Cricket Competition in Berbice, thus earning their place in the final of the competition.
In the match, which was played at the Bush Lot Ground in West Berbice, and which was reduced to 35-overs-a-side because of a late start due to rain, Lower Corentyne were given a start of 75 runs by Umrao and Guyana Under-15 batsman, Adrian Sukhwa.
After Sukhwa fell for 17, they slipped to 103 for 3 but Umrao, who was still there, added a valuable 48 runs for the 4th wicket with Rakesh Ragnauth, after which Umrao went for a well-played 86 which included 6 fours. Ragnauth (30) and Daniel Samaroo (10) put on 24 more for the 5th wicket that helped Lower Corentyne reach 187 for 9 in their 35 overs.
Bowling for West Berbice, Berbice Under-15 left arm spinner Kris Ramnarine took 2 for 30 from 7 overs.
When West Berbice began their response, their opener Randy Wade put on 24 for the opening stand with Shawn Smith (2), 35 for the second wicket with Javed Karim (8) and then 30 for the 4th wicket Kris Ramnarine (11), but not getting support, he eventually fell for 59 (7 fours) at 115 for 7.
A late thrust by Titus Webster (18) and Randy Singh (15) gave some hope but they both fell in quick-succession after adding 33 for the 9th wicket and West Berbice eventually ended on 151 all out in their 35 overs, to lose by 36 runs. Bowling for Lower Corentyne, leg-spinner Brandon Prasad took 2 for 16 from 7 overs and off-spinner, Daniel Samaroo, 2 for 19 from 5 overs.
Defending champs Lower Corentyne, will therefore clash with the other winning semi-finalist, New Amsterdam/Canje, in the final which has been scheduled for Saturday at the Cumberland Ground in Canje.