By Sean Devers
Renaldo Renee’s level-headed 67 and an unbeaten 40 from Ramnarine Chetura on a difficult track for stroke play at Wales put Demerara U-19s in control on day two of their opening round GCB’s Hand-in-Hand three-day U-19 cricket tournament against the National U-17 select team when play ended in fading light yesterday.
Renee, who turns 18 on May 25, reached the boundary 11 times and batted for 133 minutes. He got support from Ramnarine Chetura, who batted for 144 minutes and struck three fours and a six in his unfinished innings.
The pair was mainly responsible for Demerara, who began the day on 25-1, reaching 190 all out at 15: 53hrs.
Demerara were replying to the U-17s paltry 90 as left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd picked up 3-51, while Skipper Baskar Yadram took 2-6 for the U-17s who were 58-3 in their second innings, needing another 48 runs to make Demerara bat again on today’s final day.
When play began 70 minutes late in hot and humid conditions, overnight batsman Sherfane Rutherford (8) was removed at 37-2 by the impressive pacer Anthony Antionio who bowled with impeccable control on a track with some moisture but which got better to bat on as the game progressed.
Renee, who hails from Tuschen and qualified to represent Essequibo, batted solidly in the first session and along with Skipper Travis Persaud, who has five fifties at this level, took Demerara to 73-2 at Lunch.
After the interval a spattering of spectators watched as Persaud (12) lingered out of his crease when the ball was still alive and was run out at 89-3 before Renee, just after getting to his maiden fifty at this level, missed an ambitious sweep and was LBW to left-arm spinner Kelvin Umroa without addition to the score.
Malcolm Hubbard was removed by pacer Colin Barlow for a first ball duck as three wickets tumbled at 89.
Chetura and Renaldo Ali-Mohamed (23) added 46 for the sixth wicket before Ali-Mohamed ran himself out and by Tea Demerara had stumbled to 156-6.
After the break, the last four wickets fell for just 24 runs as Chetura ran out of partners with Keshram Shabodan (13) being the only other batsman to get to double figures.
Javed Karim (15) and Yadram (15) wasted good starts when the U-17s batted a second time and the U-17s were 44-2 before Joshua Persaud provided the tall and lanky Ershad Ali with his second wicket to leave the score on 47-3.
Night Watchman Antonio and Kevin St Clair survived the remaining period to the end of the day with Demerara large and in charge in the own back yard.
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