Rain pushes U-19 final into today’s reserve day

Niran Bissu

Overnight rains caused the final of the Guyana Cricket Board/ Hand in Hand Mutual Fire and Life Insurance Inter-County Under-19 to be shifted to the reserve day today.

The final was originally set for yesterday but the GCB deemed the venue, the Lusignan Community Center, East Coast Demerara unsuitable for play.

Should the game be played today, weather permitting, a new champion will be crowned after the defending champions Demerara failed to make it to the final which will be contested by Berbice and the Select U17s.

The last time these two teams faced off, Berbice dismissed the Select U-17s for 60 before smashing the target in quick succession.

Berbice are yet to bat first in the competition and the Select U17s will be wary of their mistakes against Berbice in their first round loss.

Berbice have been getting good starts with Alex Algoo and Junior Sinclair putting on two 49-run partnerships while Kevlon Anderson and Rose Hall Town Youth and Sport Cricketer of the year and skipper, Kevin Sinclair have been consistent with both bat and ball and as such the toss could be vital.

The Select U-17s will depend heavily on West Indies youth captain, Sachin Singh and wicketkeeper batsman Yeudistir Persaud.

Their middle order with the likes of Andre Seepersaud, Andrew Samaroo and Marvin Prashad is capable of match winning performances.

Seepersaud, Singh and Samaroo are good bowlers and with Nigel Deodat, Niran Bissu, Sylvan Williams, Trevon Charles and company available, Berbice will have a lot on their hands.

The Berbice side, though, is one of the most economical bowling units in the competition with Anderson, Keith Simpson, Kevin Umroa, Javed Karim, Karran Arjpaul and Leon Swammy all in the mix.

Berbice are favourites to be crowned champions especially if there is a washout, having won all of their matches in the competition.

The first delivery is expected to bowl off at 09:30h.

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