Apr 04, 2016 Sports
By Sean Devers
It’s not often that someone bowls 10 overs for 16 runs then makes an entertaining 95 to take the Man-of-the-Match and their team does not win. But that is exactly what happened yesterday at Bourda for Berbice Captain Kevin St Clair when defending champions Demerara gained a narrow six-run last over win in the final round match in the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Igloo Under-17 50-over Inter-County tournament to continue their dominance at this level.
St Clair arguably the best all-rounder in the competition, bowled a miserly spell off-spin in which he only conceded 16 runs in contrast to pacer Sayad Peirbask’s 2-60 from eight overs as Demerara, opted to bat first and reached 189-9 when their overs expired.
But it was almost a one-man show by St Clair who could not prevent his team from being bowled out in the last over for 183. Left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd (3-28 from 10 overs) and Antony Antionio (2-32 from 10) were the best bowlers from the Gavin Nedd Coached Demerara unit.
Joshua Persaud, who reached his 50 from 107 balls, stroked four boundaries in a 112-ball 57 and shared in partnerships of 49 for the fifth wicket with Sagar Hatheramani who was run out for 24 and 35 for the seventh with Anthony Antonio (16).
Baskar Yadram, who stroked 33 from 40 balls with three fours and Robin Williams, who made 15 with two fours, had earlier given them a solid 30-run start. Left-arm spinner Keith Simpson (2-18 from 10) and Kelvin Umroa (1-24 from 10 overs) were the main wicket takers on a flat track and fast outfield.
Berbice, set 190 to win, seemed well on course for an upset win when Kevin St Clair, who fashioned a delightful 125-ball 95 with eight fours and Kevin Anderson who made 28 from 90 balls added 100 for the fifth wicket.
But once Anderson was bowled at 147-5 by the experienced Nedd who has already represented his County, the task of sustaining the run chase was too much for the exhausted St Clair, whose only flaw was trying to hit the ball too hard, sacrificing placement for power.
St Clair was run out at 177-7 and Nedd took two quick wickets to leave them needing 10 from seven balls. Demerara retained their title which they have won for the last four years when Berbice were bowled out for 183 with four balls to spare.
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