By Sean Devers
Half centuries from Andrew Samaroo and Himnauth Dindyal and a five-wicket haul by Micheal Pooran powered East Coast to their second consecutive win in the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) U-15 Inter-Association 50-over
cricket competition at the Enterprise ground where they slaughtered West Demerara by 230 runs.
The 13 year-old Samaroo stroked nine fours and a six off Keshart Thakur in an entertaining 82-ball 94 while 14-year-old Dindyal’s 52-ball 63 decorated with five boundaries led the home team to 264 all out in 45-3 overs.
Manoj Dhasrat, Thakur and Andre Seepersaud each had two wickets for West Demerara who collapsed from 27-3 to 34 all out in 15.2 overs.
Seven wickets tumbled for seven runs and six batsman made ducks as left-arm spinner Pooran, who operated with a suspect action, spun webs around the batsmen to capture 5-3. He was backed up by Ricardo Niranjan who took 2-12.
When West Demerara began their reply on the large and parched ground in a very strong wind, both of the openers fell for ducks and when Thakur (10) was brilliantly stumped by Tyron Bygue standing up to seamer Niranjan at 20-3, it was the beginning of the end.
Shaquille Weeks, who took the first wicket, looked lively but a bit wayward, while left-arm spinner Daniel Motoo followed up his three wickets in the opening round at Farm on the East Bank with a controlled five-over spell which cost just eight runs. He has a beautiful action and reminds many off Gudakesh Motie at his age. The 12 year-old who is not much taller than the stumps and a sound technique with the bat, looks one for the future.
Another excellent stumping by the burly Bygue at 27-4, accounted for Jason Payne (3) off Pooran who struck one run later.
Motoo got into the act; having Paul Jetheo (2) LBW before Pooran polished off the tail which included nine-year old Rezekiel Renee, the younger brother of national U-17 opener Renaldo Renee.
Earlier, East Coast lost their first wicket when Shivanandan Gosain (1) was run out at 22-1. Seepersaud removed Shoaib Shaw (18) and Nyrat Bisso was bowled by Dhasrat in the space of six runs to leave the score on 64-3.
But Samaroo, who reached his 50 from 58 balls with four fours, added 60 for the fourth wicket with Pooran (12) before Thakur trapped Pooran LBW at 124-4.
Dhasrat had Samaroo taken at mid-off to leave East Coast on 168-5 but Dindyal who hails from Enterprise, reached his 50 from 45 balls with four fours and played several enterprising drives through the covers.
He added 37 from with Motoo for the eighth wicket and found a useful ally in last man Weeks (2*) who ensured Dindyal reached his fifty and the last pair put on 24 runs.
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