Chinanand Persaud top scored with 25 and took 3-25 for Beterverwagting Secondary

Beterverwagting (BV) Secondary advanced to the next round after a thrilling day of events that saw them winning a toss to advance in the Regional Democratic Council (RDC)/Devcon Construc-tion/Regional Executive Officer (REO) Region Four Inter-Secondary schools knockout competition yesterday at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Camp Road.

Originally set for the Enmore Community Centre ground, the match was shifted to Everest because of rainfall.

The match, a 35-overs-a-side, two innings format, saw Lancaster Secondary batting first, declaring after 20 overs at 140-5 while BV were 74-8 after 10 overs.

BV emerged victorious after a coin toss determined the winner as per playing conditions.

The match, which started late, afforded only 30 overs of play and when Lancaster batted, Skipper Emmanuel Fedee scored the first half century of the inaugural tournament while his opening partner Puran Mangal carted a 15-ball 19 as they added 36 runs for the opening stand.

Mangal departed after hitting three fours, two in succession.

Fedee and Jemari Fredericks then added 95 runs for the second wicket, from 12 overs to lift the scoring rate.

Lancaster were 131-2 after 18 overs but Fredericks fell off the next over for 29 and Ganesh Deochand was dismissed off the next delivery to leave Chidanand Persaud on a hat trick.

At the declaration, Persaud had taken 3-25 from his five overs while Yogesh Debidin picked up 2-24 from four overs.

In reply, Persaud steered the chase with a top score of 25 from 19 balls, sharing a 47-run stand with Debidin.

Debidin fell for 19 as Mangal ripped through the top order, capturing an impressive 4-32 from four overs while Delwin Pellew supported with 2-4 from the one over he bowled.

A few options were explored in the match to determine an outcome but common sense prevailed with the two teams resorting back to the playing conditions which stipulated a toss to determine a winner which BV won.

Hope Secondary will now play Ann’s Grove Secondary at Everest today from 09:00h.

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