– wins for New Amsterdam/Canje and Central/Upper C’tyne
Three batsmen registered centuries last weekend when the Banks Beer Lite three-day cricket tournament continued with second round matches. Central/Upper Corentyne’s Moshin Perkhan’s century guided his team to an innings win over West Berbice at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground while Devon Clements stroked a magnificent 152 to lead New Amsterdam/Canje to an upset victory over Lower Corentyne at the Port Mourant Cricket Ground despite a solid 115 from the home team’s Ranga Latchana. Teenage off spinner Kevin Ramdeen confirmed his growing reputation by snaring 6-57 from 14.4 overs against Lower Corentyne.
At Port Mourant, Lower Corentyne batted first after winning the toss and posted 261 despite losing discarded national opening batsman Sewnarine Chattergoon for a duck off the second ball of the game; caught behind off left arm pacer Davendra Ramoutar.
The elegant Latchana top scored with 115 (11×4, 4×6) and received support from Jason Sinclair 59 (3×4, 1×6), Harrinarine Chattergoon 30 (6×4) and Ramnarine Chattergoon 21. Bowling for New Amsterdam/Canje left arm spinner Devon Clements claimed 4-57, Eugene La Fleur took 2-21 medium pacer Maxie De Jonge 2-27.
New Amsterdam/Canje in reply reached 401 all out; opener Clements slamming 152 decorated with 13 fours and 2 sixes. He added 108 for the 1st wicket with 15 year-old Romario De Jonge who scored 47 (3×4) and then 171 with Maxie De Jonge (81) for the 2nd wicket.
Wicketkeeper Ishwar Singh support with 44* and Raid Ally 23 as the team built a first innings lead of 140 runs. Bowling for Lower Corentyne, national wicketkeeper Delbert Hicks took off the gloves to claim 4-41 from 12.1 overs while off spinner Ramnarine Chattergoon took 2-38.
Batting a second time facing a deficit of 140 runs, Lower Corentyne were bowled out for 230; Sewnarine Chattergoon showed some signs of returning to form with 59 (8×4, 1×60, Renwick Batson hit 84 (9×4) Ranga Latchana 20 and Ramnarine Chattergoon 15.
Ramdeen bowling with a lot of flight claimed 6-57 from 14.4 overs for New Amsterdam/Canje. Needing 91 for an upset victory, the visitors reached 92-5; skipper Eugene La Fleur remained unbeaten on 30 while Clements completed a fine all round match with 29.
Teenage off spinner Shailendra Shameer 2-18 and medium pacer Renwick Batson 2-30 were the wicket takers. At the Blairmont Community Centre Ground, Central/Upper Corentyne defeated West Berbice by an innings and 9 runs. Batting first, West Berbice were bowled out for 104; Keyron Fraser 32 not out (4×4), Digesh Persaud 18 and Krisendat Ramoo 13 also contributing.
Medium pacers Junior Blair 3-41, Under-15 left arm spinner Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai 2-10 and Yogindra Harrinarine 2-35 did the damage with the ball for Central/Upper Corentyne who in reply rattled up 293 all out.
Former Berbice senior player Moshin Perkhan hit a superb 135 (14×4) and received support from Ganesh Narinedat 24, Bisham Deolall 24, C. Arjune 21 and Andy Mohan 18.
Bowling for West Berbice off spinner Sherwin McPherson 3-35, Andrew Dennis 2-23 and pacer Keyron Fraser took 2-45 led with the ball. With a first inning deficit of 189 runs, West Berbice was dismissed for 180, losing by an innings and 9 runs. Berbice ‘A’ player Artley Bailey 49, Andrew Dennis 34, Digesh Persaud 27, Sherwin McPherson 22 and Asif Khan 20 all had starts but failed to build on them. Off spinner has bowling figures of 5-63 from 24.4 overs for Central/Upper Corentyne and received support from Shameer Khan 3- 39 and Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai 2-41.
Public Relations Officer of the Berbice Cricket Board Hilbert Foster stated that the Board was very impressed with the standard of play in the first two rounds with a total of five centuries scored and a number of bowlers had 5-wicket hauls.
At the launching of the tournament, President of the BCB Keith Foster had called on batsmen to bat for long periods, exercise patience and to score centuries while the bowlers were encouraged to bowl long periods and to work out how to dismiss batsmen in the longer version of the game.
New Amsterdam/Canje 18
Central/Lower Corentyne 15
Lower Corentyne 6
West Berbice 3
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