Stakes claim for U-19 pick
By Sean Devers
Sixteen year-old Bhaskar Yadram reached the boundary for 16 fours and cleared it seven
times yesterday in a masterful 238-minute 177 for the National U-17s on the final day of their GCB Hand-in-Hand three-day U-19 Inter-County final round match again Berbice at Wales.
The right-handed Yadram shared in partnerships of 149 for the third wicket with left hander Steve Deonarine (31) and 74 for the fourth with Kevlon Anderson (40*) to see the U-17s to 337 all out 16:22hrs, at which time the game was called off.
Pacers Raymond Vankemic (4-60) and Sylus Tyndall (4-50) did the damage with the ball and were easily Berbice’s best bowlers.
The U-17s began the day on 21 without loss in reply to the paltry 73 made by Berbice, who began this tournament as defending champions.
Sachin Singh (9) was bowled by the towering Tyndall at 30-1, while Joshua Persaud (11) had his wicket disturbed by Vankemic at 58-2.
Yadram, who staked a strong claim for National U-19 selection, was joined by Deonarine and dominated proceedings with confident and free flowing stroke-play on a sluggish track and heavy outfield.
Yadram was the aggressor and none of the bowlers were spared in sultry conditions. By Lunch the U-17s were 153-2 with Yadram, who reached his first fifty of the tournament from 116 minutes with eight fours, was unbeaten on 94. With him was Deonarine on 24.
After the interval Yadram started positively and soon reached his maiden Inter-County century from 192 minutes with 11 fours and a six and together with Deonarine took the score to 207 before he was bowled by the impressive Tyndall who operated all day without any luck.
Yadram rode his luck after being put down a few times and made the tired looking Berbicians pay dearly for their poor fielding. Yadram continued to play several audacious shots and galloped past his highest score in Guyana (106 in last year’s school cricket tourney) and his 120 in New York.
He and the correct looking Anderson continued to bat without worry as the Berbicians looked totally out of their league against younger opponents as severally balls went right through the fielders who seemed to be just going through the motions and hoping for the best.
Anderson demonstrated excellent temperament and his bat looked as broad as the sightscreen while Yadram pounced on anything loose. His sixes off Brandon Prashad were hit murderously.
Yadram clobbered left-arm spinner Joshua Harripersaud for his fourth six to reach 150 in an innings which also included 15 fours and by Tea the U-17s were 274-3 with a tired looking Yadram on 175.
The pace pair of Vankemic and Tydall struck in quick succession as the U-17s lost their last seven wickets for 63 runs in the first hour of the final session.
After bettering the 165 scored by Renaldo Renee in the last round, the right-hander who hails from Non Pariel on the East Coast edged Vankemic to the keeper at 277-4. Yadram who played at the U-17 level last year, said he was hoping to get into the U-19 side and was aiming for 300 runs in the 50-over version which starts tomorrow.
Kevin Sinclair (0) was trapped LBW to Tyndall at 280, while Alphius Bookie (11) and Ashmead Nedd (0) departed at 299 before Sagar Hatheramani, who hit a six and a four in a cameo 20, missed a wild swipe at Vankemic and was bowled at 305-8.
With wickets tumbling at the other end and in danger of running out of partners, Anderson never changed gear not even when Anthony Antonio (0) inexplicably played no shot to Tyndall and was bowled.
He strangely took a single from the second ball from Vankemic’s over leaving last man Joshua Jones to survive four balls. Jones was LBW with the second one he faced leaving Anderson stranded on 40 with four boundaries after he had batted for close to two and a half hours.
The format shifts to 50 overs cricket from tomorrow when the U-17s come up against Berbice at Enterprise and Demerara put their one-day title on the line against Essequibo Wales.
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