By Sean Devers
Pre-tournament favorites Georgetown got past West Demerara while East Coast defeated East Bank in yesterday’s opening round of the Demerara Cricket Board Inter-Association 50-overs under-19 cricket competition.
Sponsored by German’s Restaurant and W&H Rambarran Marine & Transportation Service, the four-team competition is being used to assist in the selection of the Demerara team for the GTM U-19 Inter-County series which commences in Essequibo on April 18.
At Everest, Georgetown beat West Demerara by 60 runs after the visitors seemed well positioned at 68-1 to romp with the City side ‘down to the wire’.
Replying to Georgetown’s 152 all out in 47.4 overs, West Demerara were bowled out for 91 in 39.5 overs as stand-in Skipper Ranole Bourne grabbed four quick wickets to finish with 4-9 from 4.5 overs after national under-19 left-arm spinner Totaram Bishun (10-4-18-3) and Guyana under-17 off-spinner Ricardo Devers (9.1-1-19-1) had tightened the screws in the middle overs with economical spells on a slow track and heavy outfield.
A batting collapse and a hamstring injury to West Demerara’s Kishan Shivgobin, who top scored with 37 after taking 5-26 with his leg-spin, helped the hosts, without Skipper Trevon Griffith, Jetendra Sookdeo and Amir Khan, to take an early lead in the competition although the West Demerara exhibited fight and talent in spurts yesterday.
It was surprising that Georgetown decided to bat after winning the toss on a track with some preparation moisture and which offered no assistance to their fast bowlers and left-arm spinner Madha Dhanpaul grabbed the first three wickets to fall to leave the score on 70-3.
Quincy Ovid-Richardson (13) drilled a catch to cover, Dayanand Roopnarine (5) hit the spinner to mid-on and Bourne (11) provided wicket keeper Yudhister Parbhudin with the first of his four dismissals for the day as West Demerara fought gamely in sultry conditions.
A small but vocal crowd watched Shivgobin struck at 78-4 when Ryan Rajmangal who batted well for 33 from 64 balls with a solitary boundary, clipped a catch to short mid-wicket. National under-17 Captain Dexter Solomon (15) and his Guyana under-17 teammate Delon Fernandes took the score to 105 before Solomon pushed a catch to short cover as Shivgobin broke the partnership just when it was threatening to blossom.
Shivgobin soon removed Carl Rambhrose (3), Bishun (3), Andre Stoll (0) and Seon Daniels (14) before Fernandes, who top scored with a 43-ball 33 with a single boundary, was last out when he was run out.
Dhanpaul supported Shivgobin with 3-9 for West Demerara who soon lost Vichash Daniram for a duck when he edged Daniels to the keeper Solomon with 18 runs on the board.
Amir Khan (10) and the 17-year-old Shivgobin, who hails from La Grange, carried the score to 58 before the latter was forced to retire with his score on 33.
After the departure of Shivgobin, who clobbered Bishun for two straight sixes, the innings lost momentum. Khan was run out and Bishun grabbed three wickets in quick succession as West Demerara slumped to 71-5 at which point Shivgobin retuned with a runner.
But with his score on 37 from 73 balls with two sixes and a four, he pulled Devers to square-leg to leave West Demerara on 77-6 and wobbling on the ropes. Bourne, then wrapped up the innings in clinical fashion as only two West Demerara batsmen reached double figures.
Apart from Bourne, Bishoo and Devers, Daniels also took a wicket to finish with 1-19 off 6.5 overs.
At Lusignan, a useful all-round performance from Shameer Fazal who hit six fours in 41 and took 2-17 from nine overs of off-spin, failed to prevent East Bank from defeat in a game which was reduced to a 45-over affair due to preparation moisture.
Naipaul Raghunand (17) supported Fazal as East Bank made 152-9 off their allotted 45 overs with Arif Habib taking 3-30 and Keon Franklyn 2-25 for the host who replied with 154-4 in 38.2 overs.
Permanand Rampersaud struck three sixes and a four in 40 while Delory Charles (38*), Skipper Rajendra Naikbarran (27) and Prechan Lalta (23) offered support.
The competition continues today with Georgetown playing East Bank at Lusignan and West Demerara and East Coast facing off at Wales.
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