Sep 22, 2010 Sports
The hectic cricket season in Berbice continued on Friday last with first round matches in the 2nd annual Republic Bank Under-17 inter zone tournament. Lower Corentyne and New Amsterdam/Canje have qualified for the finals after recording comfortable victories over Central/Upper Corentyne and West Berbice respectively.
At the Area ‘H’ Ground in Rose Hall Town, Lower Corentyne recovered from an early scare to easily defeat Central/Upper Corentyne by 152 runs. Batting first after losing the toss, Lower Corentyne were cruising at 103-3 before finding themselves in trouble at 123-9 in 27 of their allotted 50 overs.
Sensible batting from the last wicket pair of Jamal Jarvis 30 not out (4×4) and Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai carried their team to 194 all out in 40 overs as they added 71. Motie-Kanhai was last dismissed for 38 (6 fours).
Earlier the aggressive Veerapen Permaul, younger brother of national player Veerasammy hit a composed 61 (8×4, 2×6) and Berbice ‘A’ team selectee Loyden Lewis 30 (3×4). Bowling for Central/Upper Corentyne off spinner Shanraj Ramcharran 4-22 and pacer Grenton Adams claimed 3-32.
In reply the visitors needing to score 195 were skittled out for 42 in 25.2 overs; left arm spinner Motie-Kanhai captured 5-3 off eight impressive overs which included 6 maidens. He received support from off spinner Veerapen 2-17 and leg spinner Shawn Perreira 2-0. Only Anthony Bowling reached double figures for Central/Upper Corentyne with 13.
At the Cumberland Ground in Canje, New Amsterdam/Canje in an impressive display humbled West Berbice by 9 wickets.
After being invited to bat by the host, West Berbice found themselves in deep trouble at 12-4 in the 6th over; pacer Niall Smith had Sherwin McPherson LBW for 2 and while Romario De Jonge dismissed Royston Wade (0), Kevon Kelsey (0) and Terrol McFarlene (05).
They were eventually dismissed for 75 in 30 overs, only Kurt Griffith 29 (4×4) and Kevon Jardine 13 offered any resistance to De Jonge who ended with 3-15, Linden Austin 2-10, Kevin Ramdeen 2-11 and Andel De Jonge 2-12.
New Amsterdam/Canje in reply breezed to 78-1 in 21.1 overs, Austin 24* and Ramdeen 28* returned with the bat to complete a fine all round performance. Pacer Grisean Grant (1-23) took the only wicket to fall dismissing Devendra Jainabi for 12.
At the official launching ceremony at the Area ‘H’ Ground, Chairman of the Berbice Cricket Board special Events Committee Hilbert Foster stated that the Under-17 tournament was another developmental programme to identify talented players.
He challenged the players to play in an atmosphere of brotherhood and respect while striving for excellence with both bat and ball. Foster also expressed gratitude to the Management of Republic Bank (Guy) Ltd for their investment in Berbice cricket.
Manager of the Bank (Rose Hall Town) Mr. Leon Mc Donald in declaring the tournament open urged the cricketers to give of their best and to be disciplined at all times. Mc Donald stated that he strongly believed in activities that assisted youths to showcase their talent. He congratulated the Board for their good organising skills and expressed confidence that the tournament would be a success.
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