Centuries from opener Sachin Singh and Alphius Bookie were not enough to give Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) an outright victory over Everest Cricket Club yesterday in the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)/Brainstreet Under-15 competition at the Muslim Youth Organisation ground.
Singh and Bookie blasted 107 and 131 not out respectively to help their team post 328-2 declared in 34 overs.
DCC then returned to restrict Everest to 68-9 from their allotted 44 overs.
A determined 10th wicket partnership between Saif Ali (07 not out) and Vishal Persaud, who was unbeaten on nought, prevented Everest’s demolition.
The pair managed to survive four testing overs from DCC’s spinners, to enable Everest to secure the draw.
Earlier, DCC’s innings suffered an early set back when Areeb Ali removed Brandon Jaikaran for four with the score on 21. But then century makers, Singh and Bookie added 168-run second wicket partnership while there was also an unbroken 139 stand between Bookie and Ashmead Nedd for the third wicket.
Singh was first to reach his century off just 54 deliveries. He struck 11 sixes and four fours while it took Bookie 58 balls to get to his milestone. The former departed shortly after reaching three figures, but Bookie combined with Nedd to lift the tempo of the innings.
Bookie’s innings came off a mere 71 balls and included 11 sixes and seven fours while Nedd finished unbeaten on 55 (7×6, 1×4) from 19 deliveries. Ali collected the two wickets that fell.
Nedd returned with the ball to wreck Everest’s batting, capturing 4-4 from nine overs. Only Yuedistir Persaud (10) made it to double figures.
Across the road at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) ground, hosts GNIC defeated Diplomats by 43 runs to complete a comprehensive victory. GNIC scored 128-9 in 35 overs with Jeremiah Benjamin making 23 as Ntini Pertmaul and Mario Daguiar snatched 3-13 and 2-26 respectively. In reply the visitors
made 85-9 in 17.4 overs innings closed. Orin Moore enjoyed a cameo of 35 with three fours and as many sixes while Bryion Bowen and Dwain Dick snared three wickets each.
Meanwhile, at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, Bourda, visitors Transport Sports Club (TSC) registered a big win by 10 wickets over the host GCC. GCC was routed for a meagre 41 runs in 37.3 overs as Akeem Maloney recorded impressive figures of 6-6 while receiving support from Joel Spooner who claimed 3-4. Amos Sarwan batted 87 delivers for his seven runs for GCC as no batsman reached double figures. TSC responded with 42 without loss in seven overs with Adrian Hinds and Devon Allen unbeaten on 16 and eight respectively.