-All 11 batsmen fail to score; team crash to 13 all out
By Delvon Mc Ewan
Yesterday was definitely a poor day for the youngsters from West Demerara as Georgetown and East Coast teams emerged victors in the opening round of the Demerara Cricket Board limited overs Under 15 inter-zone competition.
At the Demerara Cricket Club ground, Queenstown, in what is probably the poorest batting display of any competition nationwide, all of the West Demerara wickets fell without any run being scored by the batsmen as the Georgetown bowlers feasted on easy wickets.
Thanks to the extras delivered by the three Georgetown bowlers utilised, West Demerara’s scoreboard eventually read 13 all out in a mere 7.5 overs.
West Demerara was replying to Georgetown’s 291-5 in 50 overs.
The opening fast bowlers of Colin Barlow from the top end and left arm Junior Phillips produced an impressive opening spell which left the West Demerara side five wickets down without any run being scored.
The overexuberant fast bowlers, seemingly overfoyed with the conditions, delivered a few wayward deliveries that saved their opponent from complete embarrassment. Ashmead Nedd national under 15 left arm orthodox bowler was introduced in the fifth over and he wasted no time in claiming figures of 4-0 to end a miserable day for the players from West Demerara who lost by 278 runs. Earlier when Georgetown batted, aided by poor fielding, Alphius Bookie, batting at number three stroked the first century of the competition.
His 109 included 12 fours and a maximum and he received support from number five batsman Kurt Lovell (61) and opener Joshua Persaud (35).
Bowling for West Demerara, Daneshwar Kowlessar and Retesh Samaroo picked up 2-29 and 2-58 respectively.
Over at the Georgetown Cricket Club, Bourda ground East Coast Demerara defeated East Bank Demerara by 19 runs in a much more competitive game. Winning the toss and batting first, East Coast scored 175 all out in the 49th over with captain and national U15 batsman Bhaskar Yadram top scoring with 47 runs.
Yadram, who opened the batting added 62 runs for the second wicket with Ramdeo Basdeo, after Ravin Ramsaroop was out leg before wicket to Bhojnarine Singh for four. East Coast lost their second wicket when Yadram was bowled by his opposite number, Sagar Hittarmani. Pradesh Balkishun then joined forces with Basdeo to take their team to 142, before medium pacer Paul Thomas removed Balkishun for 31 caught at mid-off trying to hit over
the infield. East Coast lost three quick wickets in the next three overs with the introduction of leg spinner Ricky Das, who had Gopaul Applesammy bowled for 2, Mohamed Hussein LBW for 2, and Ramdeo Basdeo caught by a diving Bhojnarine Singh at slip for 40. East Coast never recovered with Bhojnarine Singh returning to take the final four wickets for 25 runs. Singh finished with figures of 5-22 from eight overs while Das supported with 3-25 from his six overs.
In reply despite being assisted by wayward bowling which afforded 60 runs in extras to the East Bank side, East Bank was nevertheless bowled out for 156 in 41.2 overs,. Skipper Sagar Hittarmani (35) and Ricky Das (19) who shared in a 52-run, second-wicket partnership were the principal scorers while number 10 batsman Rawle Douglas (13) was the only other batsman to make it to double figures. Left arm orthodox bowler Ramdeo Basdeo finished with 6-34.
The West Demerara team will be in action again today when the oppose East Bank with both teams will be looking to register their first victory of the competition.
The match will get underway from 9.30am at the Everest Ground, Carifesta Avenue.