By Sean Devers
The First ever Cricket Board staged under-17 t20 cricket tournament in the Caribbean
got off to an inauspicious start yesterday with only one of the four games being played.
The Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) organised the eight-team competition, which is sponsored by Ministry of Public Health (MPH), PAHO/WHO, Guyana Diabetic Association (GDA) and Smalta, saw the several hiccups exposing the lack of preparedness of the GCA and their clubs.
At Everest debris from Easter Monday’s Kite flying littered the ground resulting in the cancelation of the match between the host and GYO. At Bourda the game was called off due to inability of GCC to field a proper team even though their opponents Malteenoes turned up at the venue.
The encounter between host DCC and GNIC was also not played, while the only game played was at TSC on a ground hosting its first competitive game since 2005.
The game was played on a very rough and Sandy outfield with several stones littering the surface which made fielding a nightmare. The two-paced track produced uneven bounce for young players still learning the skills of batting and who were ill-equipped for t20 cricket at this stage of their cricket development.
TSC won the toss and were dismissed for 93 in 16.4 overs but 30 runs were added to the home team’s total since Saints fell three over short of the 40% of overs to be bowled by pacers.
Five was the top score as the students, set 124 to win, were taught a harsh lesson by the Woolford Avenue unit as they were bowled out for 36 in 16.4 overs to lose by 88 runs as they had no idea how to approach a t20 run chase.
Mark Ramsammy pulled pacer Ezekiel Canes and danced into off-spinner Kennard Moonsammy and dumped over long-on for six but just when he was being to find his rhythm he was removed by Moonsammy for a 13-ball 20 to leave the score on 31-1.
Jamal Micheal joined Adrian Hinds who played some lovely shots in his 21-ball 24 and together they took their team to 52 before leg-spinner Daniel Persaud removed Micheal for three to being his destructive spell which earned him 5-14 from four frugal overs.
After Joshua Bankay bowled the left-handed Adrian Hinds at 60-3, Persaud went to work on an under prepared track and took the next four wickets as he cut through the middle and lower order like a sharp knife cutting butter.
Persaud removed Devon Allen and Mark Baptiste for ducks before having the left-handed Antonio brilliantly taken at slip by Moonsammy for 5 and trapped Tony Adjoda for the third duck of the innings as TSC slumped from 52-1 to 93 all out.
Canes (2-20) and Moonsammy (3-25) did the damage with the ball for Saints who lost wickets at rapid intervals with Travis Thomas and Nathan Hackett with five each being the top scorers. Baptiste finished with 4-3-3-3, Antonio 3.4-1-6-3 and Joel Spooner 4-2-8-2.
Today’s action will be played at Everest and MSC and will clash with the inter-county U-17 tournament which is set for Wales on the West Bank Demerara and Bourda in the City. The GDA’s medical team will again be at match venues to check the blood sugar level as they continue their Diabetics awareness drive.
Today’s t20 U-17 matches sees GYO taking on Saints and Everest facing TSC at Everest from 09:30hrs and 13:30hrs respectively, while the other game between MSC and GNIC is fixed for the MSC ground. TSC will be without Colin Barlow, Ramsammy and Antonio who are in the Demerara U-17 team.
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