2013 Republic Bank Under-17 Inter-zone Cricket Competition…
Upper Corentyne upset champs East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje to reach final
Play in the Republic Bank Inter Zone U-17 cricket competition continued in Berbice with Upper Corentyne scoring a big upset win against defending champions and favourites East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje, knocking them out of the competition.
In the match, which was played at the Cumberland Ground in East Canje, Upper Corentyne lost the toss and were asked to take first strike.
Led by 58 from Parmeshwar Chatterpaul and some devastating bowling, the Upper Corentyne lads created a major upset by outplaying the defending champions to reach the final of the 2013 competition by taking first innings honours in their drawn semi-final.
Chatterpaul featured in three vital partnership during his team’s innings. First he put together 26 for the first wicket with Aslim Baksh, 21 for the 2nd wicket with Dion Esau (10) and 28 for the 4th wicket with Jamal Jackman thus helping them to 73 for 3. After that, they slipped to 97 for 7 at which point Chatterpaul fell for a crucial 58.
Upper Corentyne were eventually all out for 103 in their first innings. Doing the damage for East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje were offspinner Leon Andrews with 3 for 35, left arm spinner Jaleel Jaffar 3 for 25, left arm pacer Kassim Khan 2 for 9 and medium pacer Omar Weatherspoon 2 for 11.
When the combined side began their first innings reply, Upper Corentyne opening fast bowler Nicholas Seenarine took three early wickets to have them tottering at 25 for 3.
Leon Andrews (19) and Steve Deonarine (14) then added a valuable 20 for the 4th wicket. After that, off-spinners Devanand Chatterpaul and Dion Esau picked up three wickets each in quick succession to send the defending champions tumbling for 66. Bowling for Upper Corentyne, Dion Esau took 3 for 13; Nicholas Seenarine took 3 for 15 and Devanand Chatterpaul 3 for 16.
Enjoying a 1st innings lead of 37, Upper Corentyne began their 2nd innings with 120 minutes still left in the game. The early wickets that East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje hoped for to affect a come from behind victory, did not materialise and Upper Corentyne managed to reach 54 for 5 when rain halted play at 16:25 hours. Leon Andrews took 2 for 20.
Upper Corentyne have therefore earned the right to meet with Lower Corentyne in the final of the competition today at Albion.