Jul 09, 2013 Sports
By Sean Devers
GTM have been the sponsors of the Inter-County Under-19 three-day cricket competition since 1976 and the One-day version for the past 14 years and yesterday at the Everest ground Demerara were crowned ‘double’ champions when they beat Berbice in the 2013 One-Day Final by 84 runs.
Due to rain the match began late, the boundaries pulled in and the overs reduced from 50 to 42.
National Under-19 left-hander Brian Sattaur became the first a century in both versions of the competition which a pugnacious unbeaten 113 from 128 balls with four fours and nine sixes to spearhead Demerara to 203-6 when their 42 overs expired in brilliant sunshine.
Pacer Cordel Mars, playing his first match of the tournament, bowled with genuine pace on a slow track to capture 5-41 to help skittle Berbice for 119 in 29.1 overs despite a fighting 34-run seventh wicket partnership between Shawn Pereira (13) and Parmanand Narine (15).
Mars and fellow pacer Dexter (2-18) rocked the top order as Berbice collapsed from 17 without loss when Akaham Homraj (2) edged the lively Mars to the keeper, to 36-4 before the seventh wicket pair joined forces.
Sharaj Ramcharran was caught behind for a duck without addition to the total to give George his first wicket before Len Andrews (19) was beaten for pace and bowled off the under-edge by Mars as he essayed a pull to leave the visitors on 22-3.
Mars trapped Derick Narine and Romario Shepard LBW for ducks while George removed David Latchana (4) as Berbice catapulted to 36-6.
This was before the brief resistance from Pereira and Parmanand Narine along with a cameo 16 from Kevon Jahahir, who pounded spinner Kamesh Yadram for consecutive boundaries and Shilindra Shameer who top-scored with 26 was taken at long-on off Yadram.
Mars then trapped last man Suresh Dhanai LBW before he had scored to end the match.
Earlier, the confident Sattaur who was dropped on three occasions, pounced on the bad balls like a cat on a hapless mouse and dispatched balls with ferocious power as he reached his ton from 119 balls to finish with scores of 0, 7 and 113 not out to follow up his 107, 27*, 17, & 41* for an aggregate of 190 runs in the Three-Day format.
Sattaur added 75 for the first wicket with fellow left-hander Taigenarine Chanderpaul (22) before the First- Class opener chipped down the track to leg-spinner Pereira and holed out to mid-off. Kemol Savory (2) was removed by Pereira five runs later.
Skipper Yadram (25) added 79 runs with Sattaur while George supported with 21 to help take the hosts past the 200-run mark. Pereira and Shepard finished with two wickets each.
GTM’s Fire Manager Ramona Singh committed her company, the longest sponsor of local cricket, to another year of support to the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) while GCB’s President Dru Bahadur said that despite the adverse weather he was satisfied with the competitions.
Sattaur was named Man-of-the-Final while Kaieteur News’ Sean Devers and Zaheer Mohamed shared the prize for the best coverage of the tournament.
Meanwhile the National youth selection panel announced the Guyana 14-man squad and six stand bys players for this year’s regional Under-19 tournament in St Kitts in July.
The team will be led by Berbician, Shawn Pereira.
The full squad reads: Shawn Pereira (Captain), Kamesh Yadram (Vice Captain),) Brian Sattaur, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Shemron Heymyer, Ricardo Adams, Akshay Homraj, Denesh Mangal, Gudekesh Motie, Vishal Narayan, Steven Sankar, Herry Greene, Dexter George, Romario Shepherd.
Standbys: Shivram Persaud, Devin Baldeo, Sharaz Ramcharran, Ricardo Peters, Shailindra Shameer, Kemol Savory.
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