West Demerara continued its winnings ways by defeating East Coast by 73 runs as the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) Inter Association Under- 17 limited overs tournament continued at the Everest Sports Club ground yesterday.
Due to the overnight and morning showers the match was pushed to a start time of 13:30hrs and overs were reduced from 40 to 25 per side.
Batting first West Demerara reached 135 for the loss of five wickets from their 25 overs. Opener Ronaldo Renee’s 41 and Travis Persaud’s 29 helped their team post a respectable total.
Renee, who watched as wickets fell around him, played smartly by rotating the strike and before later hitting a few lusty blows.
Mark Hamilton picked up 3 for 18 off his five, while Steven Mangal grabbed one wicket for his team.
In reply, East Coast never looked set for the challenge as they slumped to 62 for 8 from their allotted 25 overs.
A superb exhibition of line and length bowling by military medium seamer Narendra Persaud dented the East Coast’s line up as he finished with figures of five overs, one maiden, five for 12.
The boys from the East Coast set about the chase with the hopes that National Under-15 skipper Bhaskar Yadram would provide a solid start. However, this was not to be as he was dismissed for a mere four runs.
Yadram’s departure caused a ripple effect in the batting line up as no other player except Hamilton who scored 10, reaching double figures.
Today’s final matches will feature East Coast versus Georgetown at Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary while East Bank will battle West Demerara at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Camp Road.