Demerara U17 cricket team yesterday captured the 2018 Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) U17 Inter County one day title after ending the tournament unbeaten by completing a commanding nine-wicket win over the GCB select XI at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), Bourda ground, yesterday.
The select side, which won the toss and elected to bat, could only muster 114 before being dismissed in the 47th over of the innings. Safie Shazad (20) and skipper Mavendra Dindyal (17) were the only ones to put up any resistance for the juniors.
Leg-spinner Niron Bissu led the way for Demerara once again by torturing his junior counterparts in another Man-of-the-Match performance to capture 3-9 from 5.5 overs. He was supported by Andre Seepersaud (2-11) and Andrew Samaroo (2-22)
Demerara, in response, coasted home to the title on the back of an 84-run unbroken, second-wicket partnership between skipper Sachin Singh,56, not out and Navindra Persaud, 27, not out.
The duo looked unperturbed in their stand and combined for eight fours, and two sixes to comfortably reach the target.
Yeudisteer Persaud (14) was the man dismissed, falling LBW to Romel Datterdeen (1 -15.)
Meanwhile, the other encounter saw Berbice defeating Essequibo by 125 runs over at Everest Ground.
Berbice, batting first, powered their way to 227 for six off their allotted 50 overs, with Seon Glasgow – the only centurion of the tournament – stroking an excellent 59, inclusive of five fours and a maximum.
Nigel Deodat (58) was also among the runs, stroking his second fifty of the tournament while skipper Jevon Shultz displayed an exceptional display of lower order hitting with a robust unbeaten 54 which included three fours and an equal amount of maximums.
Skipper, Lance Roberts was Essequibo’s most successful bowler, taking 2-31 while Sylvan Williams supported well with 2-42.
Essequibo, in response, found scoring difficult and was bundled out for 102 in the 45th over of the innings as only Sheldon Charles (43) reached double figures with Schultz returning to take three wickets in his Man-of-the-Match performance.
Glasgow, who topped the batting charts, tallying 190 was adjudged Most Valuable Player of the tournament. (See story below)