By Zaheer Mohamed
Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) captured the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)/Noble House Seafoods second division two-day title after gaining first innings points from Everest Cricket Club in the final which ended yesterday at the Demerara Cricket Club.
Resuming on their overnight first innings score of 92-1, the hosts were bowled out in the last hour for 372 in reply to Everest 267.
Ronaldo Renee and Tevin Imlach resumed on 55 and 22 respectively, but off spinner Shaheed Mohamed removed Imlach for 26 after the pair had carried the score to 126. Renee continued to bat positively, hitting 14 fours before he was dismissed for 80.
The visitors then picked up a few more wickets to give themselves some hope, but Andrew Gibson stood firm. The right hander played fluently on both sides of the pitch, taking his team to first innings honours in the process but was left stranded on 99. Gibson struck eight fours and one six and shared in a sixth wicket stand of 82 with Dexter George who scored 35. Mohamed bowled with good variation and control and claimed a few more wickets before Antonell Atwell and Gibson added 65 for the ninth wicket. Atwell slammed eight fours before he went for 51. Mohamed finished with 5-100, while Javed Rasheed and Raphael Singh took two each.
DCC collected a trophy and $100,000 and Everest a trophy and $60,000, while Gibson was given the man of the match award. Khemraj Ramdeen of Everest received the best batsman prize (382 runs), Joel Spooner of Transport SC collected the accolade for the best figure (8-30 vs St. Stanislaus), Rasheed took home the prize for taking the most wickets (47) and Mohamed grabbed the trophy for scoring the highest individual score in the competition.
The most valuable players were Rasheed (zone A) and Imlach (zone B). Keon Morris of TSC pocketed the award for being the best fielder.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, president of the GCA Roger Harper congratulated both teams for their efforts and thanked the sponsors, adding that they do look forward to their continued support. He said that is was an interesting game and lauded Dwayne Adams who scored a century for Everest, Renee and Gibson for their batting. He also singled out Dennis Squires and Mohamed who took a five-wicket hauls for special mention.
In an invited comment president of DCC, Alfred Mentore said his team played well and commended the captain Lynden Lyght who he said led the team admirably and has so far won 11 titles for his club at this level. He also spoke highly of the coach Garvin Nedd. “Nedd has been doing a lot of hard work with the youths and has been getting the rewards,” added Mentore who felt that Everest played good cricket through out. Coach Nedd stated that his team stuck to the game plan and executed well.
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