The Guyana Cricket Board and Hand In Hand Mutual Fire Insurance Company Limited Under-19 Inter County Three (3) Days Tournament, commenced Sunday 4 June, 2017 at the Everest Cricket Club and Police Sports Club grounds. Over the duration of the match days, Demerara will engage Essequibo at the Police Sports Club ground, while Berbice will clash with the National Select Under-17 at Everest Cricket Club ground.
The match at Everest, commenced at 10: 00 hours with the Select Under-17 being invited by Berbice to bat first. Berbice opening fast bowlers of Javid Karim and Sylus Tyndal made early inroads into the National Select Under-17 batting line up, sending a strong message to the Select Under-17. Javid Karim who bowled the second over of the match, induced a false stroke from Orlando Jailall with his first delivery to have him caught at mid-on in an attempt to pull a short delivery. The score then read 1 for 1.
Tyndall then got into the action, when he removed Kevin Christian from a well-directed bouncer, which had the batsman fending uncontrollably to be caught at forward short leg, to leave the National Select Under-17 in a spot of bother on 3 for 2. Then with the score on 36, Keith Simpson had Rajendra Singh caught at mid-off by Tyndal for 8. Lance Roberts was then LBW off the bowling of Keith Simpson for 2, with the score 57 for 6. With the score on 62, Pradesh Balkishun was caught by Simpson off the bowling of Kevin Sinclair for 4.
The National Select Under-17 then loss Nedd with the score on 81 for 7, as the other three wicket fell for just an additional 5 runs, as Berbice wrapped up the Select Under-17 first innings for the seemingly paltry score of 86. Bowling for Berbice, fast bowler Sylus Tyndall who bowled impressively to end with magical figures of 4 for 13 from 7 overs, while Javid Karim, Kevin Sinclair and Keith Simpson ended with two wickets for 5, 21 and 26 respectively.
In Berbice’s reply, the National Select Under-17 demonstrated their intend to restrict their opponent for a comparatively low score, when Reyad Khan bowled Veramootoo Senwaasane for 1, with the score on 7. Kevin Sinclair and Adrian Sukwah took the score to 42, before Ashmead Nedd caught Junior Sinclair for 28. Sukwah was then caught by Orlando Jailall off Kelvin Umroa for 11, with the score on 44. Mathew Hardial was then dismissed LBW for duck, off Kelvin Umroa, without any addition to the aggregate score. Javid Karim soon followed caught by Khan off the bowling of Nedd for 6, to leave Berbice on 52 for 5. Berbice soon loss their sixth wicket when Emmanuel Seecharran was caught by Nedd off Balkishun for 7. Keith Simpson followed, Junior Sinclair bowled Umroa for 1, to have the score read 61 for 7.
This slump by the Berbice batsmen, appeared to be unexpectedly putting the National Select Under-17 team in the drivers’ seat. However, Steve Deonarine and Sylus Tyndal rallied the aggregate score to 84, before Tyndall was caught by Christian off the bowling of Nedd for 16. Junior Sinclair then trapped Karan Arjpaul for duck, and Ashmead Nedd then sent back number eleven batsman Daniel Samaroo LBW without scoring, to bowl out Berbice for the comparative score of 86. Bowling for the Select Under-17, Ashmead Nedd was once again among the wicket taking 4 for 30 from 11.1 overs. Kelvin Omroa supported well, by grabbing 3 for 20 from 7 overs. Reyad Khan, Junior Sinclair and Pradesh Balkishun each took a wicket.
This redress by the National Select Under-17 appeared to be a cherished moment for the young side, however, a lot was desired of the Select Under-17 bating as they took to the crease a second time. With play having been suspended for 20 minutes after the tea break, due to a short burst of rain, it therefore meant that the adjusted close of play would be 17 20 hours.
With the Select Under-17 needing to bat just 25 minutes to complete the first day’s play, they disappointingly found batting conditions challenging, as fading light and some penetrative bowling got the better of them, they lost batsmen Kevin Sinclair and Kelvin Umroa cheaply, to leave The National Select Under-17 on 5 for 2 when play was terminated. Keith Simpson has so far taken both wickets.
Over at Police Sports Club ground, Essequibo won the toss and elected to bat, but were only able to muster 106 off 38.2 overs. Fast bowling Alrounder, Joshua Jones top score with 25, while opener Mark Williams made 22. Bowling for Demerara, Keshram Seyhodan took 3 for 27, Sagar Hatharamani took 2 wickets for one run, while Riche Looknauth took one wicket.
In reply, Demerara reached 230 for 5 at close of play. Raymond Perez followed up on his good showing in the One Day 50 overs tournament, with a splendid 95. Joshua Persaud made 31, Ronaldo Ali Mohamed 21, while Bhaskar Yadram and Gavin Boowah made 16 and 11 respectively.
Ramnarine Chatura and Riche Looknauth are unbeaten on 24 and 13 respectively. Joel fortune has so far taken 3 wickets, while Joshua Jones and Chandrapaul Mohabir has so far taken one wicket each.
Play resumes Monday June 5th at the said venues from 10 00 hours.