Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary School (ARMS) marked their name as the first school to qualify for the semifinal of the 2017/2018 Guyana Cricket Board/ Demerara Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited/ National Sport Commission/National Secondary School Cricket League (GCB/DMLAS/NSC/NSSCL) after defeating Essequibo Islands Secondary.
Playing at the Imam Bacchus Ground, Essequibo Coast, ARMS looked quite confident no doubt from their earlier wins, which gave them the Essequibo Coast District title, posting 76 without loss and restricting Essequibo Islands to a dismal 25-5 as the overs ended.
ARMS won the toss and decided to bat with the visiting team of Essequibo Islands looking equally as buoyant, having won the district that covers the region of Bartica, Wakenaam, Leguan and East Bank Essequibo.
The Essequibo Islands’ players, who appeared well prepared for the contest, exhibited great team work and ethics in the field, which was particularly demonstrated through their accurate bowling and excellent fielding.
Nevertheless, ARMS opening pair of Kamesh Lall and national youth player Sheldon Charles demonstrated great resilience to scrape their team to 76 without loss at the end of their 15 overs.
In reply, Essequibo Islands were restricted to 25 for 5 off their allotted overs, as ARMS bowlers returned to torture to the visiting Wakenaam batsmen, with their mesmerizing control in length and line.
Davindra Hamraj with a spirited 12, was the only batsman to reach double figures while Badesh Parsatom grabbed two wickets, with one wicket each coming from Raphael David, Lance Roberts and Lall.