Demerara and Berbice yesterday recorded outright victories to set up an intense final round of competition against each other in the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)/Igloo Ice Cream under-15 two day inter-county tournament.
In matches played at the Enmore and Wales community development grounds, Demerara defeated Essequibo by an innings and 58 runs while Berbice got pass President XI by 7 wickets. Demerara started the day needing to take five wickets to complete an innings victory; however, they took four with the final batsman unfit to bat due to injury.
Essequibo reached 91-9 in 48.5 overs as Demerara completed a comfortable victory. Essequibo captain Orlando Jailall was unbeaten on 35 top scoring for his team in both innings. Ashmead Nedd continued where he left off on Wednesday to finish the innings with 4-30 and match haul of 6-47. Pacer Colin Barlow supported Nedd with a disciplined display of fast bowling to finish with 2-24.
Across at Wales, President XI batsmen were more responsible in their second innings scoring 117 all-out in 72.5 enduring overs. Christopher Campbell who made a half century against Demerara in the first round, top-scored with 31 receiving support from Robin Williams who made 26. Kris Ramnarine was the pick of the Berbice Bowlers picking up 4-32, while Kevin Sinclair finished with 2-17. Berbice had to score 43 runs for an outright victory; which they accomplished losing three of their batsmen. Steve Deonarine scored 13 in the chase while Ramnarine was unbeaten on 7.
Scores in the two matches were: Demerara 201-2 (Kurt Lovell 70 not-out, Alphius Bookie 66 not-out). Essequibo 52 (Orlando Jailall 23, Anthony Antonio and Barlow 3 wickets) and 91-9 (Jailall 35 not-out, Nedd 4-30 and Barlow 2-24).
Berbice 129-7 (Dineshwar Budhoo 36 and Alex Algoo 24, Junior Phillips 4-29 and Khemchandra Hardyal 2-20) and 45-3. President XI 56 all-out (Steven Kamalidin 5-19 and Kris Ramnarine 2-0) and 117 all-out (Campbell 31 and Williams 26, Kris Ramnarine 4-32 and Kevin Sinclair 2-17).