Umroa’s 5-34, batsmen hand Berbice title with day to spare

U-19 cricket

Left arm spinner Kelvin Umroa grimaces as he delivers a ball during another splendid spell. (Royston Alkins photo)

Berbice ended day two of the Hand-in-Hand Mutual Fire and Life Insurance/Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) U19 Inter-County three-day match against the National U17 on 198 – 4, leading by 263 runs at stumps at the Everest Cricket Club Ground, Camp Road.

The second day’s play began with the under-17’s resuming on 76-4 and trailing by 100 runs.

They were subsequently bundled out for 111 at the end of the 49th over as the last six wickets perished for 35 runs to surrender first innings points and thereby handing Berbice, who only needed first innings honours, this year’s three-day title.

Left-hander Andre Seepersaud (26) was the only batsman who looked like managing a decent score as left-arm spinner Kelvin Umroa who destroyed Demerara in the previous round, snatched his second five-for of the tournament to end with figures of 5-34. Skipper Kevin Sinclair (3-11) also continued his excellent form with the ball to support Umroa’s efforts.

Berbice went on to end the day on 198 – 4 with opener Alex Algoo, one of two centurions in this year’s tournament, hammering six fours and four sixes en route to 62 before leg-spinner Niran Bissu dismissed him.

Kevlon Anderson who is unbeaten on 73, also showed signs of form after stroking eight fours to end the day 27 short of his century. With him is Steve Deonarine on 19.

Bissu (2-44) and left-arm spinner Nigel Deodat (2-46) were the wicket-takers for the under – 17s as Junior Sinclair (27), Javid Karim (6) and Kevin Sinclair (7) failed.

Play resumes at 10:00 am today.

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