Beat Bacchus’ U-17s on Good Friday after Dick’s 4-6 in E’bo
By Sean Devers
The touring USACA U-17s, hosted by the GCA, rebounded from losses on Wednesday under lights and Thursday against TSC, with a last over win on Good Friday against Imam Bacchus’s U-17 on the Essequibo Coast after starting their Guyana tour with wins in the first two games, while their U-14s had mixed fortunes in their two last games.
At the large and immaculately manicured Imam Bacchus ground in Essequibo, the hosts batted first on an excellent batting track and lightening fast outfield in overcast conditions.
Led by a 56-run opening stand between National U-15 players Sheldon Charles, who hit six fours in 31 from 36 balls and left-hander Orlando Jailall (17), Bacchus U-17s slumped from 72-1 to 102 all out in 19.1 overs in the T20 match as only Lance Roberts (12) Badesh Parsotan (10) reached double figures.
Guest player, GNIC’s Dwayne Dicks, spun webs around the batsmen with cleaver flight and turn to finish with 4-6 from four overs.
Dick bowled much slower than he usually does and allowed the ball to grip and spin. He removed both Parsotan and Roberts before bowling Saeed Hack for a duck as he confused the Essequibians in their own back yard. Abhivam Bolisetty (2-9) and Gautam Ravindran (2-20) supported.
The Americans reached 105-4 with three balls to spare, thanks to a 32-run partnership between Adrian Hinds, who was run out for 20 from 35 balls and Atul Gupta (19).
Bolisetty chipped in with an important unbeaten 12 after USACA slipped to 26-3 with Srinidhi Rashanendran (0), Isaiah Jagarnauth (4) and Dick (1) all falling cheaply.
With seven needed from six balls, Arushkesh Papurri and Gupta benefitted from five overthrows off the second ball before Papurri hit a boundary to finish the contest.
Earlier, Lall hooked Daniel Paul for six and smashed him over cover for four, while Charles hit a free-hit from Gupta to the boundary before flicking him behind square for another four and hammered Appuri for a couple of fours to bring up the 50 in just sixes overs.
Jailall skied Bolisetty to point and when Charles was bowled behind his back by Ravindran at 72-2 the young Americans launched a spirited fight-back.
In the under-15 encounter, Charles played an array of shots in a blistering 31 from 20 balls with six fours and along with Chaitram Sewattan, who made a run-a-ball 23, led Bacchus’ U-15s to 61 without loss from 8.1 overs in reply the 60-6 made by USACA U-14s in a match reduced to 10 overs per side.
The left-handed Aditya Sharma (11) showed lots of promise and added 15 for first wicket before Yasir Saeed Mohammed (13) and Anirudh Immanuel (7) put together 32 for the sixth wicket in a losing effort.
On Thursday at Malteenoes, an attractive unbeaten 108 from Kevlon Anderson and 45 from fellow Berbician Junior Sinclair and a four-wicket haul from Mark Baptist led TSC to an emphatic 102-run win over USACA U-17s in a 50-over contest despite an attractive 56 from Dick.
Anderson’s 108 was laced with nine fours and a six from 76 balls, while Sinclair fell five short of a 50 after facing 73 balls and reaching the boundary for fours and clearing it once. Mark Ramsammy made 31 from 54 balls with five fours but was the only other batsman to reach 20 as TSC reached 241-7 from 50 overs.
Dick (2-29) and Ravindran (2-52) bowled well for the tourists who ended on 139-9 innings closed in 35 overs after Skipper Sanjay Stanley did not bat due to injury.
Dick hit five fours and three sixes in a 72-ball 56 but nobody else reached 25 as USACA fell for 139 in 35 overs as Baptist (4-28) and Colin Barlow (3-34) bowled the Thomas Lands side to their win.
Put into bat, TSC Jamal Michael (2) was LBW to Ravindran at 22-1, but Ramsammy and Sinclair added 89 for the second wicket before both batsman fell at 101.
The 16-year-old Anderson then added 70 in an unfinished eighth-wicket stand with Anthony Hetsberger who finished (17*). Anderson played an array of scintillating shots and put together 47 with Joel Spooner (13) for the sixth wicket.
Anderson flicked Pradeep Ravi to the mid-wicket boundary before hitting Ravi back past his ankles for two fours.
He reached 50 with a pulled six off Daniel Paul from 40 balls with three four and the six before getting to three figures from 70 balls with a stunning cover drive followed up an audacious strength dive for boundaries in the last over.
Rutik Chunduri (5) was bowled by Baptist at 16-1 and the Americans never recovered although Utul Iyer (23) and Gupta (14) offered token support to Dick, who was eventually caught at point to give Baptist his fourth wicket and TSC the match.
In the U-14s game at Bourda on Thursday, a 117-ball 67 with three fours from Rohan Phadke, 49 from 73 balls with three fours from Ribish Mohan and an unbeaten 21 from Aditya Sharma powered the Americans to 213-8 off 40 overs.
Ashesh Shivraj took 3-17 and Sanjay Persaud 2-24 for GCC who fell for 77 in 25.1 despite Aryan Persaud’s 21 as Anivudh Immanuel had 3-2, Aditya Gupta 2-20 and Dhruv Patel 2-31 doing the damage.
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