Baldeo’s unbeaten 102 helps Lower Corentyne secure Republic Bank Under-17 trophy
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - A brilliant undefeated century from opening batsman Balchand Baldeo made it easy for Lower Corentyne to become the 2013 Republic Bank Under-17 Inter-zone cricket champions in Berbice, emphatically taking first innings honours from Upper Corentyne in their drawn final played recently at the Albion ground.
In the match which had the first innings of both teams limited to 45 overs due to a rain-delayed start, Lower Corentyne, choosing to bat first, saw Baldeo and his fellow opener Jason Anderson put on 53 for the opening stand before Anderson fell for 15.
After another wicket fell shortly after that, Baldeo, who earlier this year represented Berbice in the Under-17 Inter-county tournament, was joined by Guyana Under-17 batsman Brandon Persaud and together they were involved in a 3rd wicket stand for 81 runs.
After Persaud went for 41, Baldeo batted on to steer Lower Corentyne to 193 for 4 in 45 overs in their 1st innings, he being 102 n.o at the end hitting 7 fours.
When Upper Corentyne began their quest for the crucial first innings honours, they found themselves in trouble at 29 for 2. Shortly after that national Under-17 off-spinner Daniel Lewis got into the act and picked up three consecutive wickets to see them slip to 57 for 5.
After off-spinner Baldeo snared the next two wickets to leave them tottering at 70 for 7, Lewis continued with the demolition by taking the last three wickets to see Upper Corentyne bowled out for 94 in 41.1 overs in their first innings.
Lewis ended with 6 for 15 from 16 overs and Baldeo 2 for 32 from 11 overs. Top scoring for Upper Corentyne were Parmeshwar Chaterpal with 23 and Nicholas Seenarine with 18.
Balchand Baldeo was later adjudged Man-of-the-Match. At the presentation ceremony after the match, the Chairman of the Competitions Committee of the Berbice Cricket Board, Carl Moore, congratulated both teams for reaching the final and particularly Lower Corentyne for becoming champions.
He urged the young cricketers to continue practising and stick with the game as there are many opportunities for advancement. He took the opportunity to express the sincerest gratitude to Republic Bank for their invaluable support in promoting cricket at this level which could only augur well for the future of Berbice and Guyana’s cricket.
A trophy along with $50 000 was presented to the captain of the Lower Corentyne team Daniel Lewis, while Upper Corentyne were presented with $40 000 as the runners-up.
Meanwhile defending champions East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje ended up as the second runners-up after defeating West Berbice on first innings in their drawn 3rd place play-off.
Scores in that match: East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje 1st innings 154 all out with Kassim Khan 60, Steve Deonarine 18; Grisean Grant 5 for 30, Navendra Mahadeo 2 for 32 and 2nd innings 152 for 7 with Shimron Hetmyer 54, Isaiah Lewis 32, Jerome Andrews 19; Akeem Miller 2 for 24, Grisean Grant 2 for 54. East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje received $25 000 for their efforts while West Berbice got $15 000 for theirs.