Apr 02, 2016 Sports
By Sean Devers
Skipper Kevin St Clair followed up his top score of 33 with 5-10 while Kevin Umroa captured 4-11 to spin Berbice to a crushing 107-run win over the National U-15 Select at Wales yesterday to give them back-to-back wins in
the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Igloo Ice Cream U-17 Inter-County 50-over cricket tournament.
St Clair, the Rose Hall Town all-rounder hit 33 and shared in a 50-run fourth wicket stand with Steve Deonarine (15) before the eight wicket pair of Sayaad Piebaksh (20) and Keith Simpson (26) put together 44 to see Berbice to 151 all out from 42.3 overs.
Pacer Geron Schultz (3-13), Nigel Deodat (2-26), Dwain Dick (2-32) and Seon Glasgow (2-33) shared the bulk of the wickets for the U-15s who were bundled out for an embarrassing 44 from just 24 overs as only GYOs Yeudistir Persaud (16) reached double figures on a track which produced alarming turn.
Off-spinner St Clair, named Man-of-the-Match, and left-arm spinner Umroa bowled in tandem and fully exploited the spin-friendly track to befuddle the hapless batsman, some of whom will represent this County in the 2016 Regional U-15 competition in Grenada in July.
Overnight rain caused a 15-minute delay and the U-15s asked Berbice, who moved to 12.5 points after beating Essequibo on Wednesday, to bat in overcast conditions and on a lush and heavy outfield.
Schultz struck with the score on six when he removed Alex Agloo (3) before returning to dismiss the last two batsmen to cap a fair day’s work for the U-15s who were badly beaten on Wednesday by the defending
Champions in the opening game on Wednesday.
Left-hander Javed Karim, who fashioned a classy unbeaten 52 on Wednesday at Bourda, was now starting to find his rhythm when he fell to pacer Leon Swamy for 11 at 22-2 before Dwain Dick bowled Wicketkeeper Junior St Clair (8) 10 runs later.
Deonarain who hit the game’s only six, and his skipper repaired the damage with sensible batting on the sluggish pitch before Deonarain edged Glasgow to the Keeper to leave the score on 78-4.
Berbice slipped to from 78-3 to 99-7 before another useful partnership between Piebaksh and Simpson, who both went after the bowling reached the boundary twice. They took the score from 99 to 143-8 when Simpson fell to Glasgow. Schultz returned to mop up the tail.
When the U-15s began their reply left-arm pacer Stephen Kamaludin rocked back the stumps of Jarron France (8) with 12 runs on the board and never recovered as spin twins St Clair and Umroa wreaked the batting order with only Persaud reaching double figures.
When Marvan Prashad pushed forward to Umroa, missed and lifted his back foot, Junior St Clair effected a lightning fast stumping before St Clair bowled Glasgow and had Dick caught in the deep in successive balls as three wickets fell in the space of a run to leave the score on 25-5.
All three batsmen fell for ducks while the six remaining wickets tumbled for 19 runs as the game was done and dusted just after Lunch.
Berbice play Demerara tomorrow at Bourda in what is a virtual final while winless U-15s and Essequibo face off at DCC.
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