A composed innings of 80 by skipper Quacy Mc Pherson led West Berbice to an upset 5-wicket victory over New Amsterdam/Canje at the Port Mourant Cricket Ground when the 2011 Berbice Cricket Board/Republic Bank Under-17 Inter Zone Cricket competition commenced on Sunday last.
The victory placed West Berbice into the final while tournament favourite Lower Corentyne defeated Upper Corentyne by 123 runs to reach the semifinals and would play Central Corentyne for a place in the final.
At the Area ‘H’ Ground in Rose Hall Town, Lower Corentyne amassed a massive 271 for 6 off their allotted 50 overs; openers Nicholas Cameron (41) and Madan Budhram (54) providing a solid start with a partnership of 115 in 20 overs.
Another solid contribution from the impressive Rohan Harripersaud 68* led the hosts to their eventual score; Tameshwar Kumar took 3 for 30. Upper Corentyne were never allowed to get settled. Devindra Budhoo contributed 26, Akash Persaud 25, Ashley Homraj 21 and Sean Persaud 14 as national left arm spinner Gudakesh Motie Kanhai confused the batsmen to claim 4 wickets for 19 runs while off spinner Shailendra Shameer took 3 wickets for 20 runs. At the Port Mourant Ground New Amsterdam/Canje won the toss, elected to bat first and were given an opening stand of 30 by openers Leon Andrews and the talented Shimron Hetmyer before pacer Grisean Grant bowled Andrews for 6.
New Amsterdam/Canje found themselves in deep trouble at 35 for 3 in the 7th over. The attacking Hetmyer who represented Guyana this year at the Under-15 level, counter attacked the West Berbice bowlers to score an attractive 58 which included five boundaries but his dismissal in the 27th over saw his team being reduced to a shaky 94 for 6.
Joshua Giddings 27 (3×4) and Marlon Shepherd 15 added a crucial 40 to lead New Amsterdam/Canje to 161 all out in 42.3 overs. Bowling for West Berbice, Thomas Mc Donald took 2 for 32, Brian Nurse 2 for 31 and Parmanand Ramdhan 2 for 28.
West Berbice needing to score 162 runs in 50 overs to book a place in the final, batted like a team on a mission as they completed victory in just 28 overs. The ultra aggressive Quacy Mc Pherson hit five boundaries and three massive sixes in his match winning score of 80, which left many pundits of the game in Berbice, speaking of his natural talent. He received support from R. Ramjohn 22 and opener Nick Ramsaroop 20. National Under-15 pacer Nial Smith took 2 for 42 runs from seven overs while off spinner Leon Andrews took 2 for 42 from 9 overs.
Berbice Cricket Board Public Relations Officer Hilbert Foster disclosed that the Competitions Committee of the Board would soon set the date for the semifinals and final. He also stated that the Junior Selection Committee headed by Leslie Solomon would select the Berbice Under-17 team at the end of the tournament for the upcoming Guyana Cricket Board Inter County.
Foster also expressed gratitude to Republic Bank (Guy) Ltd. for their continued investment in Berbice cricket.
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