Apr 03, 2016 Sports
By Sean Devers
The Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Under-17 t20 competition, sponsored by Ministry of Public Health (MPH), PAHO/WHO, Guyana Diabetic Association (GDA) and Smalta continued yesterday at the
In the lone match played, Sagar Hetheramani registered his third Man-of-the-Match performance in three games to lead DCC to an exciting 42-run win against GCC.
Hetheramani blasted an unbeaten 80 from 41 balls decorated with 10 fours and four sixes and shared in partnerships of 56 for the fourth wicket with Gorrick Persaud (22) and 37 in two overs with Nkosie Beaton (1*) as the Queenstown unit galloped to 169-5 off 20 overs on the small ground.
Reaz Khan, who worked up some pace, finished with 2-42 from four expensive overs on the flat track and got support from Dodi Oselmo (2-23).
After losing Joshua Ragubir off Bujnarine Singh for a duck at 3-1, Andlueggu Rodrigues and Stefan Wilson kept GCC in the hunt and the DCC bowlers worried with confident and aggressive stroke-play to add 93 for the second wicket.
But after Wilson, who hit an entertaining 24-ball 27 with three fours and a six, played over a full delivery from left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd at 96-2 nobody else reached double figures as eight wickets tumbled for 31 runs as GCC could only reach 127-9 when their 20 overs expired.
Nedd (3-16) was miserly in his four overs and Singh supported with 2-25 from four overs. But Hetheramani, who captured 6-25 on Friday for Demerara in the Inter-County U-17 50-over tournament, struggled with judging the right pace to bowl at in a t20 contest.
His four overs leaked 38 runs with the powerful 15-year-old Rodrigues slog sweeping him for a couple off fours and a six in his third over to keep GCC in the hunt with five overs to go.
But when Rodrigues, who pulled pacer Qumar Torrington for six, attempted an almighty sweep to Nedd, who he smashed for four in the over, and top edged it ‘miles’ into the air for Afilie Henry to hold a brilliant diving catch running back from short fine leg, it was all over for GCC.
Rodrigues, who hails from Soesdyke, reached the boundary seven times, cleared it thrice and faced 47 balls in his 64 but his demise triggered a dramatic collapse with saw five wickets falling for five runs.
Earlier, Robin Williams (14) and Nedd (12) began with all guns blazing in overcast conditions before Khan removed both openers in the third over with the score on 29-2.
Williams, who hit three fours, was clean bowled while Nedd who hit a six and a four, was caught. Alphius Bookie (14) also played aggressively and stroked two fours before slicing Wilson to point at 58-3 after the 50 was posted in six overs.
Hetheramani, who made an unbeaten 58 in the U-17 Inter-County first round at Wales on Wednesday, dumped Rodrigues to the wide long-on boundary before piercing the off-side field with imperious placement for another four in the over.
The lanky leftie then pulled Avinash Boodram for four before hitting Wilson over the sightscreen as the ‘little’ Persaud played the supporting role and picked the gaps nicely before lifting Oselmo to mid-on to end the 56-run stand of which the ‘on-fire’ Hetheramani contributed 44 of them.
Christmas came in April for Hetheramani as he reached his 50 from 32 balls with his eighth four as Akeem Christmas pitched up and he celebrated with an audacious six next ball.
The Guyana U-17 spinner was not yet finished with Christmas and plundered him for another six in an over which cost 26 runs.
Hetheramani and Beaton then added 37 in the last two overs with Beaton being a spectator as the non Striker’s end as he raced to 80 in no time to fall 10 short of the tournament’s highest score of 90 made by Transport’s Adrian Adams.
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