Apr 09, 2018 Sports
It was carnage at the DCC ground yesterday as the home side crushed an out-classed MSC by 213 runs in the GCA New York Tri State 50 over Under-19 final to follow-up wins by their U-15 and U-17 teams over the Easter vacation.
Watched by a good size crowd, Man-of-the-Match Nkosi Beaton reached the boundary 17 times and cleared it thrice in an accomplished 120 from 110 balls. A swashbuckling 93 (6×4 8×6) from just 54 balls off the bat of pacer Qumar Torrington and an important 65-ball 62 (7×4 2×6) from Ashmead Nedd powered DCC to 363 from 46.5 overs after they had found themselves in deep trouble at 42-6.
Ntini Permaul (4-59) and Jeremiah Scott (2-49) had ripped through the top order before the hosts were allowed to dig themselves out of the hole. MSC, chasing the second highest total in this tournament following the 406 against GNIC by the New York Tri State unit, could only reach 150 in 31 overs despite an entertaining 59 off 36 balls (6×4 3×6) from Skipper Jeremiah Scott and 43 (5×4) from Tuen Hicks.
Sagar Hertheramani (4-19), Nedd (3-28) and Beaton (2-17) were the best bowlers for DCC which has asserted themselves as the strongest youth club in Guyana. Set an improbable victory target, MSC began positively with Hicks flicking Torrington, who worked up some pace, for four and cut Diquan Bamfield for another boundary.
His opening partner Wayne McPherson (10) whipped Torrington sweetly off his legs for four before he was taken at slip off Beaton. Wayne Bollers (5) joined Hicks at 50-1 in the ninth over but did not last long being removed by Beaton eight runs later.
Scott hit Mootoo for six and two fours while Hicks continued to play a fighting knock but when well set for a fifty he was bowled by Nedd to end the third wicket stand of 54 with MSC on 112-3 in 23rd over.
It was left to the Skipper to carry the fight and he hit Nedd for two fours in three balls before hitting the left arm spinner back over his head for six. But wickets continued to fall around him and when he was eventually removed by Hertheramani at 136-7, it was all over for the Thomas Lands side.
Earlier, Brandon Jaikarran (0) was run out while Permaul trapped Alphius Bookie (0) LBW as two wickets tumbled with the score on 10. Garrick Persaud (6) edged Scott to slip five runs later before Permaul induced Joshua Persaud (15) to ‘nick’ a catch to second slip at 27-4.
Daniel Mootoo (7) fell to Scott at 38-5 before Hertheramani (5) was bowled by Permaul as DCC stumbled to 42-6. But things began to go horribly wrong for MSC as Nedd and Beaton joined forces in ‘operation rebuild’, Permaul (3-26 from 4 overs) was inexplicably pulled out of the attack by Scott.
Nedd, a member of the Windies U-19 World Cup team, played some spanking shots and was supported by the burly Beaton who played the supporting role. Nedd was eventually LBW to Ray Seecharan at 164-7 and whatever thoughts MSC were harbouring of swinging the pendulum back in their favour were dashed by the merciless onslaught that followed.
Torrington was in pugnacious mode and boundaries rained at the small DCC ground from his bat while the more orthodox Beaton soon joined Raymond Ramrattan from the USA side as the only batsmen to reach tons in the competition.
Beaton was taken at Point when McPherson broke the 157-run stand but by then the match had already slipped away from MSC. Torrington, picked more for his bowling, swung his bat lustily and inflicted some mighty blows but when seven short of his first century, Kareem Whitney hit a free ht high to mid-on and Torrington, looking to get the strike, was run out at the Striker’s end to be last out. (Sean Devers)
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