U-19 Wins For GTown, East Coast
DEFENDING champions Georgetown and their Inter-association nemesis East Coast recorded convincing victories in the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB)-organised and sponsored Under-19 Inter-association limited overs competition against West Demerara and East Bank respectively yesterday.
In their rain-reduced game against West Demerara at the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC), Georgetown bowled out their opponents for 120 using 31.4 of their 32 overs, following seepage on the adjoining pitch, which forced a reduction in the overs from 50 to 32. Chandrika Persaud 26 (3x4), Doesh Sookdeo 24 (3x4) and Vankesh Dhanram who struck two sixes off Raj Nanan, 19 against the bowling of former Guyana and West Indies leg-spinner Amir Khan and Seon Daniels who took 3-12 and 13 respectively and Andre Stoll 2-36.
When Georgetown replied, they got a rapid start from openers Quincy Ovid-Richardson who made an unbeaten 59 (8x4, 1x6) and Shameer Fazal 30 (2x4) who posted 77 for the first wicket from 13 overs, before Fazal was run-out. This did not prevent the defending champions from reaching 121-2 from 21.2 overs.
At the Lusignan Community Centre (LCC) ground, East Coast who recently won the DCB/NALICO/NAFICO- sponsored Under-15 Inter-association title, made light work of East Bank whom they defeated by 38 runs in another rain-reduced encounter.
Seepage onto the pitch forced the umpires to reduce the fixture to a 28 overs per side, and East Bank, who won the toss and asked their more illustrious opponents to take first strike, must have regretted doing so as they piled up 153-4 from their allotted overs.
Kevin Singh 46 (4x6, 2x4), Delroy Charles 29 (4x4) and Surendra Ramdass 23 (2x4) led the batting for the home team against the bowling of fast bowler Romel Peters who took 2-19 for East Bank.
In reply, East Bank who were tottering on 88-7 in the 21st over, were bowled out for 115 from 23.5 overs with only vice-captain Mark Rhobe compiling 38 which was decorated with five fours, Daywandat Singh 20 (2x4, 1x6) and wicketkeeper/batsman Corwin Austin an unbeaten 18 which included one maximum.
Azad Mohammed (3-28), Daniels Gravesande (2-24) and Darren Ross (2-30) did the damage with the ball for East Coast, who have earned the right to meet Georgetown in the final at the MSC ground, leaving East Bank to battle with West Demerara in the third-place playoff at the LCC today.