Tucber Park took first innings honours from Port Mourant to advance to the semi-final of the Tenelec Inc Under-15 Two-innings Cricket Competition in Berbice.
In the scheduled two-day quarter-final which had to be extended to a third day due to the second day completely lost to rain at the Port Mourant Ground, Port Mourant won the toss and sent in Tucber Park. Former Guyana Under-15 batsman Steve Deonarine and Daniel Dharamdat put on 30 for the first wicket but with Deonarine and Berbice Under-15 batsman Garfield Benjamin falling to off-spinner Sudesh Ghamandie for 25 and 19 respectively, Tucber Park slipped to 76 for 4.
Berbice Under-15 pacer Cheddi Boodoo then took three quick wickets to further reduce them to 95 for 7 but Ravishkar Budhoo batting at No. 4 was still there battling until be fell for 33 at 115 for 9.
It took sterling efforts from Romel Retimiah (17) and Reuben Latcha (13 N.O) to steer Tucber to 138 all out. Bowling for Port Mourant, Sudesh Ghamandie took 3 for 14, Ezekiel Kempadoo 3 for 26 and Cheddi Boodoo 3 for 61.
With the whole of the third day available to Port Mourant to get the crucial first innings points, they had a promising start of 25 from Brandon Mangal and Revaldo Williams, but with leg-spinner Brandon Stewart removing Mangal (9) and Mahendra Nandu (6) as well as off-spinner Budhu taking Revaldo (9), they found themselves 38 for 3.
Kempadoo batted resolutely, putting on a crucial 25 for the 4th wicket with Ghamandie (3) but Stewart soon struck again reducing them to 76 for 7 including Kempadoo for 39. They did not get much further and were bowled out for 85. Bowling for Tucber Park Brandon Stewart ended with 6 for 35.
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