A beautifully pieced together century from Nkosi Beaton – his second at the club level – sealed an imposing 175-run win for the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) over Queen’s College (QC) in the latest round of the GCA/American Youth Premier Cricket League Under-19 Cricket Competition at the DCC ground yesterday.
The third-round fixture saw DCC being asked to bat and they quickly slipped to 16-3 to find themselves in early trouble. It was from that point that Beaton who laced 13 fours and five maximums, made his mark and along with Garrick Persaud, combined to claw their side out of trouble.
Beaton’s century – 132 – was crucial in a 219-run stand with Persaud, who eased three fours and the same amount of maximums in a knock of 81 to see their side to 280-7 from their allotted overs. Skipper Qumar Torrington blasted 16 from four balls down the order to add to the total.
The chief wicket-takers for QC were seamer Elnathan Sukhnandan (4-36) and off-spinner Vickash Jaikaran (3-45), who shared all seven wickets to fall.
QC, in reply, never really got their innings going as they crawled to 105-9 at the end of their 42 overs; only opening batsman Idris Allen (20), who struck two fours, got into the twenties.
Beaton was once again at the forefront of the DCC’s efforts, this time with the ball, as he returned to nab 3-3 from six overs to complete a tidy all-round performance while receiving support from left-arm spinner Daniel Mootoo (2-20), and off-spinner Ezekiel Wilson (2-13), to hand DCC the win.
Meanwhile, over at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), Tri-State defeated the Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) by 154 runs. Tri-State, batting first, posted 230 from their allotted 40 overs with Abhayjit Khangura (65*), Saiteja Mukkamalla (51) and Ishaan Bansal (50), cracking half-centuries for the touring USA side. Pradesh Balkisoon (3-24) ended as the pick of the bowlers for GYO who struggled in their reply, merely managing to reach 76-9 in 26.4 overs to surrender as one of their batters was unable to bat due to injury. Only Mohammed Khan (24) displayed any resistance as off-spinner Andre Seepersaud (4-24) missed out on snaring a five-for.