Lower Corentyne are this year’s National Communication Network(NCN) Under-15 Inter Zone cricket champions by virtue of taking first innings honours from defending champions East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje in the drawn final played recently at Albion.
Reduced from 55 to 35 overs as a consequence of the elements from above, East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje won the toss and took first strike. Having to contend with some tight and accurate bowling,
the opening batsmen Kevin Sinclair and Malcolm Mickle only managed to put on 20 runs in 18 overs before they fell in quick succession; Sinclair for 7 and Mickle for 12, 22-2.
Isaiah Lewis 17 and Andre Seetal 7, put on 17 for the third wicket, thereafter, it was quickly downhill as offspinner Joshua Gobin and left arm spinner Joshua Harrichan ripped through the rest of the batting to bowl out East Bank/New Amsterdam for 84 in 35 of their allotted overs.
Bowling for Lower Corentyne, Joshua Gobin took 5 for 21 from 6 overs and Harrichan 4 for 31 from 11.
When Lower Corentyne responded, they benefitted from an opening stand of 73 between Adrian Sukhwa and Junior Sinclair that set the foundation for overhauling their opposition’s first innings total, they reached 118 for 5 in their 35 overs at the close of play. Left arm spinner Steffon Anderson ended with 3 for 27 from 12 overs.
At the presentation ceremony, Member of Parliament Mr. Faizal Jafferally who also has responsibility for NCN in Berbice congratulated Lower Corentyne for winning the competition.
He went on to say that NCN was pleased to play a role in cricket development in the Ancient County while praising the Berbice Cricket Board for the way they are administering the sport noting that it was the main reason that NCN came on board.
The MP pointed out that the Government has young people at heart and that was why they were further investing in Berbice cricket with the impending installation of lights at the Albion Community Centre Ground.
He disclosed that the lights were already acquired and that the contract for the laying of the foundation was already out.
Jafferally further stated that the government has invested in fifteen grounds across Berbice last year and has plans to do thirty more this year. He took the opportunity to exhort the youngsters to ensure that they focus on their education by staying in school so that they can properly represent their county, Guyana and the West Indies with confidence in themselves.
Mr. F. Jafferally presented the winning trophy to Joshua Harrichan, the captain of the Lower Corentyne team while members of both teams were each presented with educational materials.
Meanwhile, West Berbice defeated Upper Corentyne on first innings in their drawn play-off at No. 73 to take the third place. Scores, West Berbice 179 all out; Rameshwar Somwaru 37, Kishan Arjune 31, Sachin Veerasammy 22; Nicholas Seenarine 5 for 45, Totaram Parasram 2 for 14.
Upper Corentyne 120, Abdur 42, Tamesh Baichan 21, Curt Shiwtahal 3 for 18 and Kris Ramnarine 3 for 21.
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