U-15: Gtown Beat East Coast
AIDED by some dubious umpiring decisions in the latter stages of the game, defending champions Georgetown were able to come away with a nine-run victory on the Duckworth/Lewis system over their nemesis East Coast in the second round of the Demerara Cricket Board-organised NALICO/NAFICO-sponsored Under-15 Inter-association limited overs competition.
Being asked to take first strike by their opponents whom they had defeated in last year’s final in the contest which was switched to the Malteenoes Sports Club ground, Georgetown, riding on the back of an unbeaten 60 (4x4) from Tagenarine Chanderpaul, scored 206-6 from their 43 overs.
Skipper Brian Sattaur and Vivian Albert tried their valiant best to keep East Coast, who had humbled East Bank in their first round match, in the game adding 70 from 11 overs for the first wicket, chasing a revised target of 169 from 35 overs, but they fell short by 9 runs, as they were bowled out for 159 from 34.3 overs.
When Georgetown, who had humbled West Demerara in their first match, batted, Chanderpaul and Martin Bell who made 20 (4x4) added 47 for the first wicket from eight overs, before the former, who is the son of Guyana and West Indies middle order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, was joined by his skipper Vishal Narayan (43).
The two added 103 for the second wicket from 36 overs, with Narayan hitting three fours and one six in his innings and along with Terrence Alstrom’s 22 (2x4, 1x6), enabled Georgetown, whose manager and coach were annoyed at the late arrival of the lunch, to reach their eventual target of 206-6 from their 43 overs.
Kamesh Yadram took 2-35 for East Coast who got a rampant start from Sattaur and Albert, with the skipper hitting Georgetown’s Dexter George for 3 fours in the first over, followed by another four and his lone maximum over backward square leg in the bowler’s next over.
His pugnacious attitude continued against the fast bowlers, until spin in the form of Narayan and Devon Lord was introduced and this definitely placed a damper on things for East Coast who saw the demise of Sattaur, courtesy of a well-judged one-handed catch by Alstrom at mid off, off the bowling of Narayan.
Despite Albert hitting back-to-back boundaries off Steven Sankar, his efforts along with that of Yadram who hit a robust 26 in the depth of his team’s innings, were not enough to stop a rampant Kumar Singh who took 3-22 with his off-breaks and Narayan (2-32), steering Georgetown to victory.
While no scores were received up to press time in relation to the West Demerara versus East Bank Demerara game, word is the former came out victorious, leaving a stern battle to be anticipated today between West Demerara and East Coast as the winner is guaranteed a spot in the final against Georgetown who will face East Bank Demerara at Providence.