The Demerara Cricket Club clinched the Brainstreet- sponsored Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Under-15 Cup final, with a convincing six-wicket victory over Malteenoes sports Club at the Gandhi Youth Organization (GYO), yesterday.
Winning the toss and batting first in the 50-overs-a-side contest,Malteenoes under-15 made 129 all out in 39 overs.
Rokel Reddy 20 and Ibraham Khan and Steve Mangal with 18 apiece were the main scorers.
Medium pacer and DCC captain Tevin Imlock led by example in claiming 4-22.
In reply, DCC tottering on 55-4 at one stage, recovered well thanks to a 77-run, sixth-wicket parthership between Guyana under-15 opener Khemraj Rupee who made 47 not out and Clitus Johnson who ended on 40 not out.
The pair saw DCC home in 35.1 overs. Off-spinner Insford Charles, who took the new-ball, had the best bowling analysis of 2-10 from 10 overs.
GCA president Roger Harper at the presentation ceremony chaired by Neil Barry, said the GCA was grateful to have the game concluded yesterday given the inclement weather which has interrupted the Regional Under-19 games throughout the city.
Harper congratulated both teams for making the final and DCC on their victory.” I want to thank Brainstreet for investing in youth cricket in Guyana, this tournament which began in April, has been about creating a pathway for youngsters who may potentially go on to bigger and better things in the game of cricket and hope this is also the beginning of a long partnership with the Brainstreet organization. Finally much thanks to the Gandhi management for using their venue for this, since with most grounds are unavailable due to the weather and under-19 cricket, we are very grateful to have gotten this ground.
Individual awards were also given to top performers throughout the competition. Tagernarine Chanderpaul of the Gandhi Club walked away with the award for the highest score of tournament of 200 not out, highest run aggregate 818 runs at 116.85 and the overall competition MVP.
Malteenoes leg-spinner and recent Guyana Under-15 representative in Trinidad Steven Sankar got the award for the most wickets, with 24 scalps.
Also present at the ceremony was Brainstreet Administrative Officer Collet Jordan and other Brainstreet executives.
The next scheduled Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) competition is an Under-13 tournament set to kick off sometime in August.