Shameer leads Lower Corentyne to title over New Amsterdam/Canje
A brilliant all-round performance from national Under-15 player Shailendra Shameer led Lower Corentyne to an easy 44 run victory over New Amsterdam/Canje in the final of the Diamond Fire & General Insurance Company sponsored Inter Zone Under-19 tournament at the Albion Community Centre last weekend.
Organised by the Berbice Cricket Board, the championship match was reduced to a 40 overs per innings affair after a heavy thunderstorm washed out the entire first day on Saturday and it took the hard work of the ground staff to enable play on Sunday.
Shameer, who now plays for the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, scored a vital 25 in his team’s innings and then returned with the ball to take 3-21 with his off spinners.
Batting first after losing the toss, Lower Corentyne was given a 24 run opening stand by the Albion pair of Harrinarine Chattergoon and Kandasammy Surujnarine before Chattergoon was caught behind off impressive pacer Teshna Harry for 7. It soon became 26-2 when Surujnarine was also dismissed by Harry for 9.
National Under-19 player Dominic Rikhi and former national Under-15 batsman Clinton Pestano added 40 for the 3rd wicket before Rikhi was caught at cover off the bowling of off spinner Joemal La Fleur before Pestano was bowled by Kelvin Leitch for an aggressive 30.
Andy Mohan was next to go, caught off La Fleur for 1 which left Lower Corentyne at 78-5 in the 24th over. They eventually reached 151-8 in their allotted 40 overs.
Bowling for New Amsterdam/Canje La Fleur 2-14 from 8 overs, Harry 2-19 off 6 and Romario De Jonge 2-38 from 7.
In reply, New Amsterdam/Canje were given a strong opening partnership of 45 in twelve overs by Shimron Hetmyer and the highly talented Mortimer Fraser before Hetmyer was brilliantly caught by Collis Cort off left arm spinner Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai at long off for 20.
Kelvin Leitch was soon dismissed by Motie-Kanhai without scoring at 56-2.
Fraser in trying to hit off-spinner Lloydel Lewis out of the ground was brilliantly caught one handed by a leaping Dominic Rikhi at long on for 32 (2 x 6). Shameer then dismissed Romario De Jonge (1) and the ultra aggressive Steve DeFreitas (11) to leave New Amsterdam/Canje at 89-5 in the 30th over.
They never recovered despite a fighting 26 from skipper La Fleur and were eventually dismissed for 107 in the 35th over; Motie-Kanhai ending with figures of 3-20, Shameer 3-21, and Lewis 2-15, the main wicket takers for Lower Corentyne.
At the presentation ceremony PRO of the BCB Hilbert Foster thanked Diamond Fire & General Insurance Company for their continued commitment stating that their partnership and sponsorship was one of the main reasons why Berbice continued to dominate Inter County Junior cricket.
Foster also said that the Company’s investment in Berbice cricket assisted the Board to unearth several exciting talents for the future especially Mortimer Fraser, Teshna Harry and Shimron Hetmyer.
Foster urged the young cricketers to get their families to support the Company and also to promote the Company by way of word of mouth. President (Ag) of the Board, David Black, praised both teams for the high level of discipline displayed during the finals and also for the high standard of play on the field. Black stated that he was satisfied with the talent in Berbice and was confident that they will continue to dominate all cricket in Guyana.
The acting President also extended gratitude to the Management of the Sponsor for their investment. The Winning Team received $50,000 and a trophy, runner up $30,000 while the man-of-the-final collected a trophy and $5,000.