The Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), yesterday thumped the University of Guyana (UG) by 162 runs in the second semi-final of the New Building Society 40-overs second division tournament, at DCC.
The victory came on the back of excellent performances from a number of the club’s up-and-coming players who helped thrust the Queenstown Club into the final to face arch-rivals the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC).
The day began with DCC being sent in after losing the toss which saw them posting a formidable 283 for six for their allotted overs 40-overs.
National youth players Sachin Singh, Alphius Bookie and Raymond Perez were the main contributors to the total with half centuries each.
Singh and Stevin Sankar added 74 runs for the first wicket before the latter was dismissed for 27. Singh and Bookie then combined for an 80-run stand to lay a robust platform for a lower order assault.
During their stand, the duo ran well between the wickets and notched up the odd boundary to keep the DCC score ticking along.
Singh was harsh on left-arm spinner Damion Vantull by launching him for a couple of maximums while Bookie played the supporting role before they were dismissed, Singh for 66 and Bookie for 52.
DCC never let up and continued to motor on with Perez, who endured a tough time of late, finding form with a breezy, unbeaten knock of 55. He laced four sixes and combined for a 56 eight-wicket stand with Xavier Smith hit a cameo of 20 from seven balls to lift DCC to 283 – 6.
Nicholas Bollers (2-59), led UG’s bowling effort while Dennis Haywood was economical with figures of 1-26 from eight overs.
Vantull (1-47) and Suresh Dhanai (1-77) were the other wicket-takers.
UG, in response, were dismissed for 121 from 28.5 overs with West Indies Under – 19
left-arm spinner, Ashmead Nedd, ripping through the batting line up to grab 5-31 to sink the students.
Only Ershad Ali (49), who seems to fancy DCC’s attack, mustered any resistance.
Off-spinner Dennis Squires was also in the wickets with figures of 3-17 from eight overs.
A date for the final is yet to be decided.