By Zaheer Mohamed
A fine all-round performance by Sherfene Rutherford guided Demerara
to a 58-run victory over Berbice when the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)/Raj Singh Insurance Brokers inter-county U19 50-over tournament commenced yesterday.
Rutherford cracked 71 as Demerara posted 219-9 off their allotted overs before returning with the ball to capture 3-51 to help bowl out Berbice for 161 in 44.5 overs at Enterprise. Demerara were off to a slow start with Rutherford and fellow opener Ronaldo Renee strolling to 85 in 29 overs before Renee was lbw to Daniel Lewis for 34 off 88 balls. Arguably one of the most talented cricketers at this level locally, Rutherford opened his shoulders as he approached his fifty, hitting Leon Andrews for a six and a four to reach the mile stone. He then celebrated by dumping Joel Seetaram for two sixes before he was lbw to Baldeo. His half century came off 80 balls and was laced with two fours and three sixes.
Demerara were pegged back by some steady bowling by their opponents before skipper Travis Persaud and Malcolm Hubbard featured in a fifth wicket stand of 42 prop up the total. Persaud slammed 36 (1×4,1×6) while Hubbard scored 30 (3×4,2×6). Demerara lost their way towards the closing stages of the innings, but their total proved a handful in the end. Grisean Grant claimed 2-25, Lewis 2-39 and Seetaram 2-56.
Rutherford and Carlton Jacques made early inroads reducing Berbice to 14-3 with the wickets of Andrews (01), Shemron Hetymer (00) and Balchand Baldeo (05). Samuel Kishnasammy steadied the middle order somewhat, hitting five fours before he was dismissed for 30. After the dangerous Parmanand Ramdhan went for 13, Berbice lost their way, but Seetaram and Grant frustrated Demerara with a last wicket stand of 56 before Grant was stumped off Vivian Albert for 20. Seetaram struck five fours to remain unbeaten on 31. Tariq Dharamlall captured 3-34 and Hubbard 2-16. The competition continues today.
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