Anna Regina Multilateral booked a semi-final spot after defeating Essequibo Islands Secondary in a last-ball
thriller, while Lower Corentyne won their match against New Amsterdam to advance to the next round as the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) National Secondary School Cricket League (NSSCL) sponsored by Banks DIH Ltd’s Coco Cola and Rainforest Water along with Digicel continued recently.
Playing at Wakenaam community centre ground, Essequibo Islands won the toss and took first strike. They rattled up a respectable 183 all out off 30 overs. Mark Lewis made 30 while Beesham Moses supported with 28. Bowling for Anna Regina Multilateral, Randy Rooplall took 3-34.
Anna Regina Multilateral in their reply, managed to keep up with the run rate for most of the innings. However, the chase went right down ‘to the wire’; Anna Regina required five to win off the final delivery. Poonam Persaud conceded two, but then the fielders failed to back up the throw-in which resulted in a boundary.
At Cumberland, Lower Corentyne Secondary won the toss and decided to bowl. New Amsterdam Secondary was dismissed off the final delivery of the innings for 117. Garfield Benjamin struck 65 with four fours and three huge sixes; Simon Naidoo had 4-19 which included a helmet-trick. Ezikiel Kempadoo supported with 2/19.
In reply, Lower Corentyne Secondary raced to 120/3 in 18. Kevlon Anderson continued his impressive form with the bat hitting 69 not out including seven well timed fours. Keith Simpson got 23.
The competition continues today with Anna Regina Mutlilateral facing Uitvlugt Secondary at Zeeburg ground, Upper Demerara will clash with East Bank Demerara at DCC and East Coast Demerara will face Mahaica-Mahaicony at Enterprise.
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