By Sean Devers
It is said that catches win matches but as Saint Stanislaus College found out in sweltering
heat yesterday at DCC, dropped catches cost you dearly. National U-17 all-rounder and DCC Captain Ashmead Nedd was dropped on zero off Daniel Persaud in the day’s first over and the 16-year-old made Saints pay dearly with a brutal 38-ball century to spearhead his team’s 217-6 and a crushing 185-run.
Saints were dispatched for 32 in 10.2 overs with pacer Bujnarine Singh snatching 6-2 in a destructive six-over spell. Guyana Diabetic Association (GDA) collaborated with the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) to stage the eight-team Under-17 T20 competition which was sponsored by the Ministry of Public Health (MPH), PAHO/WHO and Smalta, and yesterday’s lop-sided final produced the highest and lowest totals in the tournament.
The students invited DCC to bat on a flat track and fast outfield and Nedd produced a brutal display with the bat on World Health Day where the GDA staff, led by its President Ms Glynis Beaton-Alonzo, tested the blood sugar levels of the young and old.
There was no dawn in Nedd’s pugnacious innings which began at high noon after he had tested the catching of the opposition which they failed. The right-handed Nedd, who bowls left-arm spin, manhandled the bowlers with disdain after losing his opening partner Robin Williams (1), taken at cover off Rueben Sukraj in the second over at 5-1.
After that it was the Ashmead Nedd show as he dispatched every bowler. It rained sixes in bright sunshine as he dominated a punishing 144-run stand with Garrick Persaud, the silent partner in the batting blitz.
Nedd cut the unlucky Persaud for four consecutive boundaries in the third over which cost 22 runs to set the tone for what was to come in the vicious onslaught. Nedd was on fire and pulled a high full toss from Sukraj for four but could only top edge the next (free hit) for a single. He however finished off the over, which cost 23, with successive fours to post the 50 in the fourth over.
Persaud edged Kennard Moonsammy for his only boundary while Nedd blazed away at the other as he decimated the hapless bowlers to all parts of the small ground to the delight of a decent working day crowd.
Nedd clobbered Ezekiel Canes for four sixes in his second over which cost 26 to rush past TSC’s Adrian Hinds’ 30-ball 90 before reaching his century in Canes’ next over with his 11th four. His ton also included six sixes but he was taken on the cover boundary as Canes finally broke the stand in the 14th over.
The in-form Sagar Hatheramani joined Persaud, not equipped with the ‘big’ blows, and he was run out for 24 at 166-3 before Hatheramani (5) lofted Canes to long-off, next ball. Alphius Bookie (9) was run out but Singh started a great day at the office with an explosive 30 from 12 balls with three sixes and two fours before he was removed by Daniel Persaud.
But by then the total, aided by 40 extras, was over 200 and the shell shocked Saints fielders were operating on auto-pilot. When Saints began the run chase, Qumer Torrington bowled with pace but it was his new ball partner Singh, who started the demolition job when he removed Kennard Moonsammy (1) at 6-1 in the second over.
From 11-1 Singh ran through the batting order and took the next six wickets for one run before seven wickets tumbled for eight runs. Canes (10) smashed Nkosie Beaton for a four and six in two balls before Hatheramani finished off the game when Canes hit him to long-off.
Left-arm pacer Dquan Bamfield took 2-6 to support the Singh who took the award for the best bowler in the final. Joshua Bankay copped the best fielder award. Hatheramani and Hinds were the MVP of their respective Zones while Nedd collected the Championship Trophy, the MOM award and best batsman prizes as he led his team to the tournament’s highest total, surpassing TSC’s 207-6.
The Umpires, Scorers and each team member from both teams were given medals as did DCC’s Curator, former Guyana youth batsman Orin Samuels. TSC was adjudged the most disciplined team.
Ms Beaton-Alonzo informed that the tournament was born from a discussion she had with Coach Nedd while President of the GCA and representatives of the sponsors also spoke at the presentation Ceremony.
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