… Win also for Georgetown
EAST COAST Demerara beat West Demerara by 162 runs in round two of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) Under-17 Inter-Association 50-over cricket tournament yesterday at the Lusignan ground.
The win, the second in two days for East Coast, was first set up by their batsmen before a collective bowling effort restricted their opponents for just 71 all out in 31 overs.
Asked to bat first, East Coast produced a solid batting effort to pose a challenging total of 233-6. Left-handed batsman Chanderpaul Ramraj top-scored, with a composed 59 inclusive of eight boundaries.
After both openers, Evald Hendricks (4) and Reynaldo Mohamed (3), fell cheaply to Jonathan Jacobs (1-20) and Daniel Robert (2-47), Ramraj then shared 44 runs for the third-wicket with Davanand Kemraj (29) and 68 for the fourth-wicket with Rudrunauth Kissoon (30) before he departed off the bowling of Andre Seepersaud (1-20). Khemraj was dismissed by Amir Jabriel, who finished with figures of 2-18.
Thereafter, Chetram Balgobin who struck four fours and a six in his 47, added 57 runs with Edmond Pearson who contributed an unbeaten 29 at the back end of the innings.
West Demerara were never in the run chase and lost wickets at regular intervals. It was a complete different approach from their batsmen as compared to their opponents.
Avesh Persaud (14) and Seepersaud (11) were the only two batsmen to reach double figures. Off-spinner Kissoon (3-5) was the main destroyer. He received support from medium pacers, Jagdesh Dowladram (2-13), and Trevon Charles (2-14), leg-spinner Shafeek Khan (2-5) and Romer Datterdeen (1-12).
Meanwhile, Georgetown overpowered East Bank Demerara by ten wickets at the Wales ground.
Batting first, East Bank were bowled out for 31. Daniel Mootoo grabbed three wickets, while Niran Bissu and Yohance Angoy each took two wickets.
In reply, Georgetown opening batsmen Brandon Jaikaran and Mitra Dhanraj cruised to 31 without losing a wicket to give their team a commanding victory.
The third and final round is set for tomorrow with East Coast playing East Bank Demerara at Lusignan and Georgetown opposing West Demerara at Wales.