As action continued, in the Guyana Cricket Board and Hand In Hand Mutual Fire Insurance Company Limited Under-19 Inter County Three (3) Days Tournament, Demerara sustained their dominance over Essequibo, while Berbice and the National Select Under-19 upheld their unrelenting wrestle for supremacy.
At the Everest Cricket Club ground, the National Select Under-17, resuming from their overnight seconding innings score of 5 for 2, found themselves in early woes, when Junior Sinclair was bowled by Sylus Tyndall for 2, with just three runs being added to the overnight score.
Kevlon Anderson then joined Orlando Jailall and together they took the score to 30, before Jailall was caught off the bowling of Deon Sinclair for 6. Rajendra Singh and Anderson seemed set to take the Select Under-17 to lunch without any further wicket fall, but Deon Sinclair had other ideas, and within two minutes to lunch had Rajendra Singh bowled for 10, to send the Select Under-17 to lunch at 57 for 5.
After lunch, Deon Sinclair send back Lance Roberts caught by Simpson for 7, to continue the Select Under-17’s woeful slide to 75 for 6. Kevin Sinclair then removed Pradesh Balkishun without him being able to add to the aggregate score of 75. Kevin Sinclair then sent back middle order batsman Kelvon Anderson who made a tangible 45. Thereafter, Ashmead Nedd was bowled for duck by Keith Simpson, and Mark Rankin LBW without scoring to Kevin Sinclair, to close the National Select Under-17 second innings, one run short of their first innings score of 86.
Bowling for Berbice, Keith Simpson, Kevin Sinclair and Deon Sinclair took three wickets each for 15, 9 and 19 runs respectively. Set 86 for victory, Berbice initially found the target score challenging, as four batsmen were dismissed for 20 runs, with Kevin Sinclair, Veramootoo Senwasane, Adrian Sukwah and Sylus Tyndall all bat in the pavilion. However, Javid Karim and Steve Deonarine amalgamated and took the score to 65, before Deonarine was caught Khan bowled Junior Sinclair for 20. Mathew Hardyal then joined Karim, and together they carried Berbice to victory, with Berbice finishing on 87 for 5 from 38.5 overs.
Junior Sinclair was the most threatening bowler for the National Select Under-17, with 3 for 25 from 14 penetrative overs. Berbice won by 5 wickets. Kevlon Anderson was adjudged Man of the Match for his constructive batting performance of 39 and 45 in the match. Berbice won by 5 wickets, within two days.
Over at the Police Sports Club, the Demerara pair of Ramnarine Chatura and Riche Looknauth added 32 more runs to the overnight score of 230 for 5, before Chatura was caught off the bowling of Joel Fortune for 40. Sagar Hatharamani was the next to go caught off the bowling of Mahendra Persaud for 15, to leave the score on 299 for 7. Then with the score on 323, Looknauth solid innings of 50 came to an end, when Joel Fortune had him caught at long off. Essequibo then claimed their ninth wicket, that of Kishan Singh bowled by Joel Fortune for 4. This wicket fell on the stroke of lunch, and Demerara immediately declared their innings close on 327 for 9.
Bowling Essequibo, left arm spinner Joel Fortune grabbed 6 for 74 off 22 overs, while there was one wicket each for Joshua Jones, Chanderpaul Mohabir and Mahendra Persaud. Essequibo batting a second time, and needing to make 221 runs to make Demerara bat again, were only able to make 115 runs. Kurt Lovell top scored with 33, while Sheldon Charles supported with 25. Mark Ramsammy was the only other batsman to reach double figures, that of 11.
Kishram Seyhodan was the pick of the bowlers for Demerara with 4 for 20 from 20.4 overs, Riche Looknauth 2 for 30 from 9 overs, with Ronaldo Ali Mohamed, Sagar Hatharamani and Raymond Perez each taking one wicket. Demerara won by an innings and 106 runs.
The second round of the GCB/HIH Three Days Under-19 Inter County Tournament, will commence on Thursday 8 June 2017, at Everest Cricket Club and Police Sports Club grounds from 10:00 hours. At Everest the National Select Under-17 will oppose Demerara, while Essequibo will do battle with Berbice at Police.