Berbice thump Essequibo by 125 runs

From left Nigel Deodat (58 and 2-12), Jevon Shultz (54 and 3-13) and Seon Glasgow (59) were the architects of Berbice’s victory

Berbice ended the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) U17 Inter County tournament with a massive 125-run victory over Essequibo at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Camp Road yesterday.

Berbice, batting first, posted 227 all out before dismissing Essequibo for 102 in 45 overs.

Sylvan Williams removed Fawaz Gafoor in the first over before coming back in his second over to trap his opening partner, Mohabir Seeraj.

Both batsmen failed to score.

Marvin Prashad and Seon Glasgow added 60 runs for the third wicket, from 14 overs before 14-year-old off spinner, Manoj Dasrath, forced Prashad to offer a return catch for 20.

Abdul Ramsammy lasted all but two deliveries, edging skipper Lance Roberts to the wicketkeeper for one.

The Berbice 100 as well as Glasgow’s 50 came up during the Glasgow/Nigel Deodat partnership and following that, Deodat added 68 with his skipper, Kevin Shultz.

Deodat brought up his half century with an effortless push to cover for one but fell for 58 in the 44th over.

The final six overs accounted for 59 runs as Shultz brought up his 50 with a massive six over mid-wicket, his third of the innings while Said Amoi gave his captain the strike as much as possible, scampering ones to be unbeaten on nine. Extras accounted for 26 runs.

Williams (2-41) and Roberts (2-31) had the best figures for their team while Dasrath and Badesh Parasotam had one wicket each.

While Jason Payne did not pick up a wicket, his accuracy with the ball as a right arm pacer troubled the batsmen.

Essequibo began their reply in similar fashion, losing Amir Singh (0) attempting a run in the fourth delivery of the first over from Shultz while Amoi bowled a maiden second over to allow Shultz to remove Azim Mohammed (0) with the first ball of his second over which also was a maiden.

With only two runs on the board and no run coming from the bat, Shultz picked up the wicket of Mahesh Ramnarine (0) and that of Saeed Hahk (2) in his fifth over.

His figures would eventually be 13-3 from five overs.

Sheldon Charles and Roberts cane together and after a flurry of boundaries the score moved to 48 before Roberts swiped at a wide one from Gourav Rajesh to be caught behind for eight and the score 48-5. Williams added just one while Parasotam became only the second batsman to reach double figures.

With both men removed, Lallchand Seeram hit two boundaries but the target was never in sight as Essequibo were bundled out, leaving Payne unbeaten in two.

Glasgow was later awarded as the most valuable player scoring 190 in three matches.

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