By Sean Devers
A man-of-the-match performance from Kemo Paul led Essequibo to a convincing
109-run win against the National U-17s at the DCC ground when the second round of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) / Raj Singh Insurance Under-19 three-day cricket tournament concluded yesterday.
Paul, who made 47 and 52 and had three wickets in the game took 2-18 to help dismiss the U-17s who were set 256 for victory, for 147 just before Tea on the final day.
Left-arm spinner Keanu Harry and Looknauth Chinkoo took three wickets each to set up the emphatic win for Essequibo who lost to defending Champions Demerara in the first round at Everest. Scores: E’bo (262 & 140), Nat U-17s (147 & 147).
The day began with the National U-17s on 7-2 and they quickly lost Raymond Perez off Paul for five at 13-3. Baskar Yadram, who hit the ball powerfully and dominated the fourth wicket partnership with pint size Romain Muniram took the score to 52 before Muniram (4) was run out while Yadram, who hammered four fours in 25 departed 18 runs later.
By Lunch Timothy McCalmont on 31 and his skipper National U-19 all-rounder Renaldo
Mohamed (24) were staging a gutsy fight back as they saw their side to 117-5 with 139 needed for victory in the last two sessions.
After the break the sixth wicket pair continued to mix caution with aggression before Harry broke the 67-run stand when McCalmont threw his wicket away with an injudicious shot and was taken at mid-on for 33 (4×4) to leave his team on 137-6.
Harry, a burly left-handed all-rounder who captured nine wickets in the opening game, had the important wicket of Mohamed just when he seemed set for a big innings. Mohamed was caught behind after making 42 (5×4 1×6) to leave the score on 138-7 and after Harry, now with 15 wickets in the tournament, got rid of Ashmead Nedd (3) at 145-8, Looknauth Chinkoo wrapped up the innings by removing the last two batsmen.
Berbice, with two wins from two matches, play Essequibo from tomorrow at Enmore in the final round needing only a draw to lift the title.
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