During round two of the Guyana Cricket Board under-17 Secondary Schools Female Franchise T20 tournament, wicketkeeper Lavina Ragobeer batted responsibly while Lisa Charles struck a blazing innings to see Essequibo beat East Coast by five wickets yesterday at the Enterprise Community Centre Ground, East Coast Demerara.
East Coast batted first and posted 93-8 from their allotted overs but Essequibo chased it down, reaching 94-5 in 10.4 overs.
East Coast were in a spot of bother as a breakdown in communication among the batters resulted in three run outs while Shazana Majeed was bowled by Analesa D’Aguiar to reduce them to 14-4 in the fifth over. However, the experienced Sarah Amin top scored with 18 before being bowled to a full delivery off of Onica Stoby who struck twice in the same over. The Essequibo bowlers gave away 54 extras, 52 of which were wides. Stoby finished with 2-22 while Ragobeer, D’Aguiar and Charles picked up one wicket each.
In reply, Essequibo’s captain Navika Narine was run out and when Charles joined Ragobeer in the middle, Essequibo were 20-2.
Charles duly showcased her shots around the ground, flicking Shazana Majeed for two fours down to fine leg in one over while beautifully caressing the ball through deep mid-wicket and long on for her third boundary. She made 20 from 14 deliveries
Ragobeer ran well between the wickets to remain unbeaten on 15 and earn herself the Player-of-the-Match award.
There were 38 extras.
In the other match, East Bank defeated Upper Corentyne by 36 runs. East Bank won the toss and decided to bat in the match reduced to 10 overs-a-side. East Bank were propelled to 98-1 as Afruica Gentle dominated the bowling with nine fours on her way to 55 not out. Upper Corentyne were contained to 62-3 from their overs.