Apr 06, 2016 Sports
By Sean Devers
Guyana Diabetic Association (GDA) collaborated with the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) to stage an the eight-team Under-17 t20 competition for City teams which is sponsored by Ministry of Public Health (MPH),
PAHO/WHO, and Smalta.
Yesterday under a clear blue sky and former Guyana off-spinner Gavin Nedd again showed why he is widely regarded as the best youth team Coach in Guyana when his DCC U-17 team romped to an emphatic eight-wicket win over TSC in the Semi-final at the DCC ground to march into tomorrow’s final.
Alphius Bookie (42) and Sagar Hatheramani (25) powered DCC to 101-2 from 16 overs in reply to TSC’s 100-8 in 20 overs despite a fighting 19 from Adrian Hinds.
Left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd (2-24) and off-spinner Nkosie Beaton (2-10) put the brakes on the scoring after a promising start by TSC who were 41-1 in seven overs.
But on a good track and a small and fast outfield and a small but raucous crowd which included several parents and the medical team from GDA headed by its President Ms Glynis Beaton-Alonzo, the vocal support from Beaton-Alonzo suggested that a capacity crowd was present as they excitedly urged on both teams in sultry conditions as the right-handed Dookie and the left-handed Hatheramani joined forces with DCC on 34-2 and fashioned an entertaining unfinished 66-run stand to see their team home with 24 balls to spare.
Robin Williams (15) and Carlos Hamilton (7) opened the batting since National U-15 Select Sachin Persaud missed the game due to school commitments.
Hamilton hit Colin Barlow to mid-off with 24 runs on the board before Williams who demonstrated plenty of talent was run out 10 runs later, and at that stage TSC were back in the fight.
But Hatheramani, who been in fine form with the bat stamped his authority from the inception by lofting Barlow for an effortless six over mid-wicket.
Hatheramani dumped Barlow through mid-wicket before a majestic cover drive raced like a bullet for another boundary before Bookie cut the pacer for four in an over which cost 16 runs.
Bookie was not in a mood to let Hatheramani outscore him and turned Renaldo Fredericks for four, then stroking him for a sublime boundary with an imperious cover drive that had class written all over it.
Bookie oozed confidence and slapped Mark Baptiste for two fours but the pacer was the best bowler and most unlucky one for TSC. A couple of catches went abegging including Hatheramani on 22 and DCC were aided in their run chase by sloppy fielding from the Thomas Lands unit.
Bookie galloped to 42 from 40 with six fours, while Hatheramani’s cameo 25 took 18 balls and was decorated with three fours and the only six of the game.
Earlier, Hinds began positively when whipped Bajnarine Singh for four, while Mark Ramsammy smashed Qumar Torrington off the back foot for four as TSC sped to 19 without loss in the second over.
But things began to unravel once Ramsammy top edged a hook to a quick short ball and was well taken at third man as Torrington made the break through at 24-1 and when Hinds was removed by Beaton, no one else apart from number nine batsman Anthony Hetsburger (16) reached double figures as the spin pair of Skipper Nedd and Beaton kept the shackles on the batsmen.
Coach Nedd will hope for a similar performance tomorrow when they face-off with Saints Stanislaus College, the only school team in the competition, in the final in their own backyard.
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