GCB U-17 inter county tourney…Hetymer hits half century as GT&T Berbice overcome E’bo by 54 runs
Led by an attractive half century by Shimron Hetymer, GT&T Berbice defeated Essequibo by 54 runs in the second round of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) inter county U-17 50 over tournament yesterday at the Everest Cricket Club ground.
Essequibo won the toss and inserted GT&T Berbice who were bowled out for 136 in 31.2 overs after the game was reduced to 39 overs due to rain. Hetymer and Balchand Baldeo added 20 for the opening stand before Baldeo was trapped in front by Kemo Paul for 04 in the 4th over. The consistent Paul then bowled Leon Andrews (07) to leave Berbice at 33-2.
Hetymer then shared in a third wicket stand of 64 with Brandon Persaud before left arm spinner Akenie Adams had Hetymer caught for a well played 60 in the 19th over; Hetymer stroked three fours and two sixes.
Essequibo then fought themselves back into the contest with tidy bowling and fielding as GT&T Berbice lost their last 7 wickets for 39 runs. Brandon Persaud supported Hetymer with 29(4×4) as Paul, who encountered an injury while bowling, grabbed 4-22 off 6 overs, while Adams had 2-21, Keano Harry 2-37 and Parmesh Parasotam 1-24.
Essequibo started their reply badly losing Natan Persaud who was leg before to Grisean Grant for 04 with the score on 10. Parsotam and Keano Harry steadied the chase to some extent with a second wicket stand of 33. The duo rotated the strike nicely before Harry was bowled by Balchan Baldeo for 08. Parasotam, who hit six fours in a top score of 40, and David Williams, took the score to 67 with even-tempered batting, but when Williams was stumped off Daniel Lewis for 14 the rest of the batting failed to carry on as Essequibo were bundled out for 83 in 19.2 overs as Left arm spinner Parmanand Ramdhan, who bowled with good control and variation, bagged 5-5 from 3 overs; Brandon Persaud took 2-8 while Balchand Baldeo and Daniel Lewis had 1 each.
The competition continues today with Berbice taking on Demerara at the said venue in the final round. A victory for Berbice will guarantee them the title, but if Demerara triumph or the fixture is rained out Essequibo will lift the crown. (Zaheer Mohamed)