Looknauth grabs 5 as Demerara hammer ESC of T&T by 8 wkts
By Zaheer Mohamed
Off-spinner Richie Looknauth grabbed 5 wickets for 7 runs off 7 overs as Demerara U-15 team defeated the touring Esmeralda Coaching School (ESC) U-15 team of Trinidad and Tobago by 8 wickets in a limited overs match played yesterday at the Everest Cricket Club.
Looknauth proved unplayable as he triggered a middle order collapse to send the tourist packing for a paltry 50 in 28 overs. The home then reached their target with little hiccups as they finished on 51-2 in 12 overs.
ESC decision to bat after winning the toss backfired when pacer Ronaldo Mohamed uprooted the stumps of opener Darren Ramkhalawan without scoring in the first over with out a run on the board. Nicholai Kissoon and Nathaniel Ramcharitar attempted to repair the early damage with a second wicket stand of 23 before Kelvin Shewprashad bowled Ramcharitar for 11. Thereafter it was an all Looknauth show, he bowled with good control and variation and got lots of assistance from the pitch as no other batsman with the exception of Kissoon 19 managed to reach double figures. Shewprashad supported Looknauth with 2-17 from 4 overs, while Ashmead Nedd and Mohamed had one each in a spirited bowling performance by the host.
Bhaskar Yadram and Raymond Perez gave the home team a fine start by adding 35 for the opening stand with Yadram striking three fours before he was taken off Kissoon for 24. Kissoon then removed Darshan Persaud (00) with out addition to the total, but Perez who ended unbeaten on 10 and Timothy Mc Almont 09 not out saw their team home with an unbroken third wicket stand of 16. Kissoon had 2-14 from 4 overs.
Yadram and Looknauth received prizes for being the most outstanding batsman and bowler respectively, while the Demerara team was given a trophy, compliments of the Esmeralda Coaching School who will take on Albion in another game today in Berbice.
Manager of the victorious Demerara team Dhanpaul (only name) in an invited comment said he was satisfied with the victory, he stated that the team played according to the game plan and acknowledged the performance of Looknauth.
Manager of the visiting team Prakash Sookhai stated that the tour is part of their developmental programme. “The school was formed only one year ago and this is part of our development. The game was a one sided affair, the opposition had a number of national players as compared to us which is a coaching school, but the players welcomed the experience which will serve them well”, he added. Sookhai informed that three of their previous matches were cancelled due to the rain.
Meanwhile, the ESC had earlier defeated an East Coast Demerara team and by 67 runs before losing to a Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) Academy XI by 9 wickets.
On Monday at the said venue ESC batted first and scored 164-3 after the game was reduced to 40 overs. Darion Ramkhalawan led with 78 (7×4, 2×6) while Nathaniel Ramcharitar supported with 35 (2×4). East Coast were routed for 97 in 26 overs in reply. Andy Dowlatram 13 and Bhaskar Deodat 10 were the only batsmen that offered resistance. Denzel Taylor captured 3-6 from 4 overs while 16 year old Alyssa Manoo, the lone female player in the team claimed 3-12 from 5 overs.
On Tuesday, ESC took first strike ad were skittled for 33 in 20.3 overs with Sagar Hethermani picking up 4-5 off 4.3 overs and Ashmead Nedd 2-1 from 3 overs for DCC Academy XI who responded with 33-1 in 5 overs. Romain Maniram made 11.