Three in a row!…DCC take Brain Street U-15 title
In sweltering heat on the small GYO ground, DCC yesterday captured their third Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) under-15 cricket title in as many years with an emphatic 155-run victory against Transport Sports Club (TSC) in the final of the Brain Street 50-over competition.
On a day blessed with brilliant sunshine, DCC won the toss and led by half-centuries from talented 15-year-old Tevin Imlach (73) and Clintus Johnson (62) rattled up 249-5 off their allotted 50 overs on a placid, straw colored track.
Man-of-the-Match, Essequibian pacer Keno Paul then snatched 6-29 off 7.5 overs and got support from seamer Devon Crandon 3-12 off five overs, as they combined in a demolition job to bowl out for TSC for 94 in 26.5 overs.
DCC, like they did last year completed the ‘double’ with their knock out win yesterday after taking earlier the league title to continue their dominance in the city at this level.
It was an auspicious day for the enthusiastic youngsters as former West Indies Skipper Clive Lloyd celebrated his 68th birthday by being a part of the small but vocal crowd which also included several parents.
Imlach who has played in DCC’s championship winning teams since 2010, played an array of audacious shots as he reached the boundary five times and cleared it on five more occasions in his 152-ball 73 and added 65 for the first wicket with Nomechandra Persaud (23) who was eventually bowled by Avinash Vickram in the 11th over.
Paul was then stumped off Travis Persaud for a duck at 68-2 and when Joshua Ram removed Imlach at 90-3, TSC seemed on course to restricting the Queenstown lads to a small total.
However, Johnson and Keann Harry, who struck four fours and three sixes in a pugnacious unbeaten 36, repaired the damage before Ewart Samuels bowled Johnson at 201-5.
Daniel Basdeo chipped in with 12 not out in the unfinished 48-run sixth wicket partnership as DCC fell one short of the 250 mark.
Reon Sumair (17), Joshua Wilson (13) and Kevin Marks (11) were the only TSC batsmen to reach double figures as the Thomas Lands unit never threatened the victory target.
Imlach took the prize for the batsman with the most runs in the final, while the lanky Paul received the prize for the most wickets in the final in addition to his Man-of-the-Match award.
National under-15 left-handed batsman Sherfane Rutherford copped the Most Valuable Player award in the league stage of the competition. (Sean Devers)