BCB/NCN Inter Zone Under-15 competition…New Amsterdam/Canje upset Lower Corentyne to lift championship
A brilliant all round performance from Man-of-the-Final Kassim Khan led his team New Amsterdam/Canje to an upset and exciting first innings victory over defending champions Lower Corentyne in the final of the 2012 BCB/NCN Inter Zone Under-15 cricket tournament.
Playing at the Young Warriors Cricket ground in Cumberland, East Canje, Berbice in front of a fair size crowd, the host edged the defending champions by 4 runs on first innings to lift their first title at this level.
Batting first after losing the toss, New Amsterdam/Canje reached 113 all out off 43 of their allotted first innings quota of 50 overs. Khan top scored with a fighting 30 with 3 massive sixes and received support from Clifton Lindie 26 and Leon Andrews 21. Skipper Daniel Lewis bowled well to claim 6 for 28 runs from 13.4 overs, while Joshua Harrichan took 2 for 10 from 4 overs.
Lower Corentyne in reply lost Brandon Prashad and Tyrone Poornauth cheaply for 4 and 1 respectively to be 18 for 2 in the 13th over. However, Lewis and the talented Balchan Baldeo added 56 runs in 20 overs to take their team to 74 for 2 before Lewis was caught driving at left arm pacer Kassim Khan for a composed 30 (2×4). The rest of the batsmen failed to apply themselves and support Baldeo who was out for 47 with three fours at 93 for 8. Lower Corentyne were eventually dismissed for 109 in 48.2 overs.
Khan took 6 for 32 off 20 impressive overs while off spinner Leon Andrews supported with 4 for 35 from 19.3 overs.
Batting a second time with a lead of 4 runs, New Amsterdam/Canje reached 35 for 2 with Leon Andrews making 20 (2×6) and Clifton Lindie 11 not out. Joel Davis was the other batsman out for nought, caught off Joshua Harrichan.
At the Port Mourant Ground, West Berbice got past a disappointing Upper Corentyne on first innings in the 3rd place playoff. Randy Wade 74, Adrian Singh 21, Mahendra Mahadeo 18 and Randy Singh 18 batted well for West Berbice who scored 185 in their first innings. Off spinner Deon Esau bowled well for Upper Corentyne taking 4 wickets for 53 runs.
In reply, Upper Corentyne were bundled out for 70 in 43.2 overs as only Mahendra Deochand 20 and Esau 13 making any significant contributions. Left arm spinner Parmanand Ramdhan took 6 for 27 and the ‘pacy’ right arm fast bowler Greison Grant 2 for 20.
Batting a second time, Grant blasted 47 runs to take West Berbice to 55 without loss at the close of play.
At a simple but impressive post match ceremony, both Anil Beharry, treasurer of BCB and Hilbert Foster, PRO of BCB hailed the tournament as a great success and expressed gratitude to NCN and its acting CEO Michael Gordon for the sponsorship. Foster highlighted the remarkable achievement of the board so far this year and commits it to more success.
Member of Parliament and NCN Berbice Coordinator, Faizal Jaffarally congratulated the BCB on its outstanding work and told the attentive cricketers that they were a privileged bunch to be served by the Board’s outstanding and visionary leadership.
NCN acting CEO Michael Gordon in a well received presentation hailed the success of the tournament and stated that his company was pleased to be associated with the best administered board in Guyana. Describing Berbice Cricket as a role model for the rest of Guyana and the Caribbean, Gordon announced a renewal of the sponsorship for 2013 and hinted at similar tournaments in the other Counties followed by an Inter County under-15 Championship. Gordon announced to large applause, that the final of the 2013 tournament will be carried live by NCN Radio. He promised on behalf of NCN to partner with the BCB in a new initiative of a live television programme to be aired on the last Thursday evening of every month. The board will use this programme to inform the public of what is happening in the world of cricket from the international to the local level.
The NCN and BCB have also partnered in an anti drugs advertisement programme to be aired on the National Television. He advised the young cricketers to remain focused and stay in school and he pledged the support of his company for the development of sports in Guyana.
The winning team pocketed $40,000 and the Championship Trophy, the runner up $25,000, 3rd place $15,000 and 4th place $10,000. Kassim Khan took home $3,000 and a lovely trophy for been man-of-the-finals.