Annandale Secondary defeated Cummings Lodge Secondary to win the East Coast Demerara Zone while Lower Corentyne Secondary and Parika Secondary also recorded victories in 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 Enterprise ground, Annandale Secondary, who were inserted to bat managed to reach 151/9 in 30 overs. Damuka Ngquindo top scored with 30. Bowling for Cummings Lodge Secondary, Hemraj Mohabir took 3/21 while there were two wickets each for Andrew McCurdy, Naranjan Ori and Prakash Debidyal.
In reply, Cummings Lodge Secondary lost wickets at regular interval and was eventually folded for 115 in 19.2 overs. Reaz Mohamed top scored with 27 while Prakash Debidyal and Hemraj Mohabir each made 21. Tameshwar Motiram had terrific figures of 5/26 off 6 tidy overs and Tyrese Assanah claimed 4/24.
At Port Mourant ground, Lower Corentyne Secondary got the better of Manchester Secondary by seven wickets. Batting first, Manchester Secondary, won the toss and chose to bat; they were shot out for a meagre 88 in 19.1 overs. Junior Sinclair returned excellent figures of 5/27 while Keith Simpson supported well with 3/17 bowling for Lower Corentyne Secondary.
In reply, Lower Corentyne Secondary made light work of the small target reaching 89/3 in 17 overs. Junior Sinclair showed his all-round ability by returning with the bat to make 36. Ramesh Kasinauth contributed 19 not out. Bowling for Manchester Secondary, Godwyn McDonald had tidy figures of 3/5.
Over at Parika, the home team crushed Vergenoegen High by 108. Batting first, Parika Secondary amassed 188/6 in 25 overs. Azim Mohomed struck 44 while Wazim Mohamed and Devendra Drahaled contributed 28 and 21 respectively. Bowling for Vergenoegen High, Kennard Paul took 2/26.
In reply Vergenoegen High was dismissed for 80 in the 14th over. Bowling for Parika Secondary, Wazim Mohamed bagged 3/9, Junior Albert 3/10 and Azim Mohamed had 2/22.
Matches continue tomorrow, 3rd February, 2016. East Coast Zone Champion, Annandale Secondary, faces Mahaica/Mahaicony Champion, Hope Secondary, at Enterprise ground in an Inter-Zone matchup. In the East Bank Essequibo Zone, Parika Secondary meets Wakeenam Secondary at Parika Salem ground. In the Corentyne Zone, Port Mourant battles Lower Corentyne Secondary in the first semi-final at the Port Mourant ground and Skeldon Line Path Secondary challenges Corentyne Comprehensive in the other semi-final at Albion ground.