Apr 11, 2016 Sports
Imlach’s maiden ton highlights final day action
By Sean Devers
DCC and GDF will collide in the final of the GCA’s GISE, Trophy Stall & Star Party two-day division one cricket competition after taking first innings points in their drawn semi-finals games yesterday.
GDF took first innings points from GNIC at the GDF ground, while DCC got first innings points from GCC at DCC on the final day of both encounters.
An unbeaten century from West Indies U-19 opener Tevin Imlach led DCC to their second 300 plus total in the match, while second innings half-centuries from Akeem Hinds and Keeper Dexter Solomon were the outstanding performers for the Soldiers in the other game.
At Camp Ayanganna, GNIC began the day on 61-5 in reply to the 191 made by the Army, needing another 130 runs to earn a lead, with First-Class player Gajanand Singh and 16-year-old Kurt Lovell at the crease.
Singh pulled a full toss from leg-spinner Colin Hamer for six but he was relegated to the supporting role in the 58-run sixth wicket stand with the purposeful Lovell, a member of the national U-17 team which will participate in the three-day U-19 Inter-County tournament which is scheduled to commence on Wednesday.
National pacer Romario Sheppard charged in on a flat track and banged one in short but the technically correct Lovell got easily under it while Singh slapped Leon Andrews for four.
Lovell was willing to pull whenever Hamer bowled short before he edged a catch to Solomon, poking at one that did not turn from off-spinner Kevin Ramdeen. His 35 with five fours from 65 balls and his demise at 119-6 triggered a dramatic collapse which saw the last five wickets tumbling for just eight runs.
Singh cut Andre O’Neil for four but, running out of partners, was last out when he provided Solomon with his fifth catch behind the stumps to leave GNIC 64 runs adrift of GDF’s total.
O’Neil (3-7), Ramdeen (2-4) and Hamer (2-28) were the main wicket-takers for GDF, who lost two wickets by Lunch to be 42-2 at the interval.
Pacer Raun Johnson sent back Andrews for a duck and fellow Berbician Gudakesh Motie had Quacy McPherson (4) stumped for the second time in the match as GDF slipped to 12-2.
Hinds stroked Johnson sweetly past his ankles and struck Motie, who opened the bowling, for a straight six as the left-arm spinner struggled with the new ball.
Ramdeen danced into Motie and lifted him back over his head for six as the partnership flourished under a cloudless sky before Ramdeen (38) was LBW at 82-3.
But Hinds followed up his 37 in the first innings with an attractive 70 with 11 fours and a six and along with Solomon, who reached the boundary four times and cleared it once in his 58, took the score to 166-4 with an 89-run stand to bat GNIC out of the game.
When well set, Hinds and Solomon were both removed by former Guyana pacer and chairman of selectors Rayon Griffith. But by then it was too late and the game was called off at 16:00hrs with GDF on 205-5.
Over at DCC, GCC began the final day on 172-5 replying to DCC’s 301 and were all out 40 minutes before Lunch for 217.
Totaram Bishun (4-49) and Paul Wintz (3-46) were the main bowlers for the Queenstown unit who were soon 23-2 after losing Brian Sattuar (0) off Raymon Reifer and Kevin Boodie (5) off Robin Bacchus.
Imalch stroked 13 fours and a six in a wonderfully constructed 111 and along with his Skipper Chris Barnwell, who hit his second fifty of the game, carried the score to 134 with contrasting stroke play.
Barnwell stared slowly but the changed gears, while Imlach, who was 17 when Barnwell joined him, remained careful in his approach.
Singh, the man with the ‘golden arm’ broke the 111-run stand when Barnwell’s slog sweep off Singh’s leg-spin went straight to deep mid-wicket after he had hit seven fours and a six in a 92-ball 63.
Sherfane Rutherford hit a 60-ball 44 with included a six and six fours, before he was caught on the cover boundary at 223-4; giving Singh his fifth scalp of the match.
Imlach, who reached his 50 from 104 balls with eight fours, got to his maiden first division ton from 180 balls with 13 fours and a six and along with his West Indies U-19 team mate Kemo Paul rubbed salt into the wounds of a sun drenched and exhausted looking GCC line-up. When Paul reached his 50 from 30 balls with seven fours and two sixes, the game was called off with DCC on 300-4.
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