Camille’s Institute and Covent Garden Secondary registered victories to book their place in the final of the East Bank Demarara Zone of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) National Secondary School Cricket League (NSSCL) sponsored by Banks DIH Ltd’s Coco Cola and Rainforest Water along with Digicel.
At Thirst Park, Camille’s Institute batted first and scored 197 all out in just 24 overs as Andsuegay Rodrigues top scored with well played 69. He was well supported by former national under 15 all-rounder Bhognarine Singh who scored 39 and D. Fernandes 30. Bowling for Diamond Secondary, Jante Thomas returned impressive figures of 4-34.
Diamond Secondary in reply fell short by 30 runs as they were dismissed for 167 in 24.1 overs. S. Hassan made 27, but it was M. Araun with a shot filled 65, that gave Diamond Secondary great hope of reaching the target score. However, such was curtailed by some intelligent and economical bowling of the Camille’s Institute, Bhognarine Singh and N. Evelyn, who returned figures of 4/26, and 4/18 respectively.
In the second semi-final of the East Bank Zone, Covent Garden Secondary prevailed against Friendship Secondary by 53 runs. Batting first, Covent Garden Secondary amassed 202 all out in 27 overs as Sagar Hetheramani stroked 48, Anthony Antonio hit 37 and Scott Singh 22. Bowling for Orlando Ghisiawan took 4 wickets while Shem Zaman had 2 wickets.
In reply, Friendship Secondary was limited to 149 all out. Orlando Ghisiawan’s top score of 29 along with Shem Zaman’s 24 were the only batters to offer any real resistance. Bowling for Covent Garden Secondary Scott Singh had 4 wickets, K. Kaisie 3 wickets and Anthony Antonio had 2 scalps.
Meanwhile, in the North Georgetown Zone, St Stanislaus College defeated Brickdam Secondary by a massive 101 runs. Batting first, St Stanislaus College reached 156/7 in 27 overs, due to some sensible batting of Kennard Moonsammy 48 and Joshua Bankay 40. Bowling for Brickdam Secondary Kempton David grabbed 3/20.
Brickdam Secondary in reply was blown away for 51 in 19.1 overs as Moonsammy return with the ball to snatch 3/9 , as Joshua Bankay and Travis Thomas added to the misery of Brickdam college by grabbing 3/8 and 3/7 respectively.
At Everest, Bishop’s High School brushed aside The Business School by five wickets. After being inserted to bat by Bishop’s High School, the Business School was dismissed for a paltry 82 in 18 overs as David Sears had terrific figures of 6/15 off five tidy overs. Troy Persaud supported with 2/13.
In reply, Bishop’s High School overcame a shaky start to complete a five wicket victory thanks to a level headed 34 not out from Sachin Ramroop. A Singh and D. Rhonohan had two wickets each.
The final game of the first round of matches in the North Georgetown zone was played between Christ Church Secondary and St Mary’s High School where Christ Church Secondary got the better of St Mary’s High School by 58 runs. St Mary’s won the toss and chose to bowl first, however, Christ Church Secondary manage to get to a respectable 174 all out in 25 overs as Alphius Bookie hit 54 and Aaron Beharry struck an even fifty. Bowling for St Mary’s High School, Enos Brathwaite returned excellent figures of 6/34.
In reply, St Mary’s batsmen folded for 116 in just 19 overs as Aaron Beharry returned with the ball to bag 4/15. Junior Phillips had 3/28 and Alphius Bookie also completing a good all round performance with 2/18.