GCB Inter County U-17 tourney….Energetic Essequibo beat Demerara by 6 wkts in opening fixture
By Zaheer Mohamed
A vigorous Essequibo team, led the charismatic Kemo Paul, who marshaled his troops well, backed up by consistent bowling which was complimented by excellent wicketkeeping by Ryan Adams, defeated host Demerara by 6 wickets when the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) 50 over U-17 Inter County tournament got underway yesterday at the Everest Cricket Club ground.
Demerara won the toss and elected to bat after the match started at 14:00hrs, and was reduced to 20 overs due to rain, which also caused the ground authorities to shorten the boundary somewhat
to make play possible, and were restricted to 92-7.
They were put on the back foot early when pacer Kemo Paul uprooted the stumps of Tevin Imlach (00) with the score on 02 in the first over. The inform Ronaldo Renee was then bowled by medium pacer Kevin Martinborough for 06 to leave the score at 24-2 in the 4th over. Chetnarine Pooran then had his furniture disturbed by Neiland Cadogan for 13 before Paul had the talented Sherfene Rutherford taken at mid-on for 05 to leave the home team in trouble 39-4. It then became 49-5 when Clitus Johnson was run out for 02.
Demerara skipper Travis Persaud and Narendra Persaud tried to revive their team’s innings but active medium pacer Travis Drakes knocked back the stumps of Narendra Persaud (01) at 60-6 before Travis Persaud (13) was leg before to Akenie Adams 3 runs later.
Navindra Seeraj and Daniel Chunilall then saw Demerara to their eventual total with level headed batting. Seeraj cut Drakes to the point boundary before flicking the said bowler over square leg for a maximum, ending not out on 20 which came off 17 balls, while Chunilall made 06 not out. Paul was the pick of the bowlers for the Essequibians with 2-14 off 7 overs, while Drakes, Adams, Martinborough and Cadogan had 1 each.
Openers Nathan Persaud and David Williams then got Essequibo off to a fine start with a stand of 33. Persaud stroked Daniel Basdeo for consecutive fours before pulling Travis Persaud to the long-leg boundary before Williams (02) was trapped in front by Narendra Persaud in the 8th over. Nathan Persaud continued the onslaught by hitting Chetnarine Pooran for six and gliding the said bowler to the fine leg boundary before he was leg before to Narendra Persaud as he attempted to hit the bowler out of the ground at 44-2; he belted four fours and one six.
Essequibo then lost Paul (03) who was bowled by Narendra Persaud as he tried to pull a short ball that kept low. However, any hopes of a Demerara victory was halted by Keano Harry and Drakes; the pair added a valuable 40 runs for the fourth wicket before Drakes, who slammed one four and two sixes, was leg before to Travis Persaud for 24.
Ryan Adams then crowned a fine day, starting behind the stumps, then hitting Travis Persaud for a maximum over long off; the first ball he faced to seal the issue for the visitors as they ended on 94-4 in 17.2 overs. Harry was unbeaten on 10 as Narendra Persaud grabbed 3-10 off 4 overs while Travis Persaud had 1-13.
The competition continues today with Essequibo facing Berbice at the said venue.