Guyana Under-15 player, Mavendra Dindyal dazzled in a rain hit match, as his school team Diamond Secondary, advanced to the next round on first innings points over La Bonne Intention (LBI) Secondary at Lusignan Community Centre on Thursday in the Regional Democratic Council/Lloyd Britton/Devcon Construction/Regional Executive Officer Region Four Inter Secondary Schools Knockout Cricket Tournament.
Following a delayed start due to the team’s late arrival, Diamond’s skipper Philip McTurk, made the correct call when the toss was spun and invited LBI to bat. LBI was bundled out for a dismal 71 in 18 overs. In reply, Diamond found themselves 97-3 off 20 overs at the close of play.
Ravindra Samaroo was dropped first ball off of McTurk, but failed to capitalize after he departed five balls later to a brilliant stumping by Dindyal. Brian Jagmohan and Rakesh Persaud added 25, before Persaud witnessed the departure of three more batsmen with the 50 yet to come.
Dindyal, now with ball in hand, delivered his deadly off spin, and along with Krsna Singh, stifled the flow of runs for LBI. However, Persaud continued his assault, with three sixes and two fours during his top score of 31, before falling to Singh.
In the end, Dindyal picked up 3-4 from two overs, while Singh and McTurk bagged two wickets each.
In Diamond’s first innings Dindyal now with bat in hand added 50 with Mark Fredricks, who in attempting a double, found himself short of the crease, as he fell for 10. McTurk also departed for 10, stumped off of Jagmohan, following a 31 run stand with Dindyal. The latter eventually fell for a top score of 43, inclusive of three fours and one six, to cap off a fine all round performance and see his side safely to a first innings lead, as the innings closed after 20 overs.
Meanwhile at Everest, Friendship Secondary advanced, after enjoying a first innings lead over President’s College in another rain affected game.
Friendship batted first and lasted all but 15.2 overs, as they posted 107 all out. M. Ramdehall top scored with 26, one of only three batsmen to reach double figures. R. Birbal was the most effective with three wickets, while K. Samaroo, S. Ibrahim and A. Christiani, each picked up two.
In reply, Presidents College found themselves precariously placed on 97-8, at the close of play, still 13 runs behind, as A. Lim snatched six wickets. K. Samaroo was the leading batsman with 18.