DCB Inter-Association Under-17 Persaud snares five for 12 as West Demerara upsets East Coast
Guyana Chronicle article.
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - Having defeated a powerful Georgetown lineup by 21 runs at the Everest Cricket Club ground the previous day, West Demerara showed it was not a fluke when they trounced East Coast by 73 runs at the same venue yesterday, thanks to Narendra Persaud’s all round efforts.
The two sides met in the lone fixture of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) Inter-Association Under-17 competition, which was reduced to a 25 over affair, due to heavy overnight and early morning rain, following which East Coast won the toss and asked their opponents to bat first.
Ronaldo Renee continued his impressive showing with the bat, hitting four fours and two sixes in his 41, which was scored off 55 balls, along with Travis Persaud’s 29 (38 balls, 1x4) and Navendra Persaud 14 guided West Demerara to 135 for 5 off their 25 overs.
Renee added 45 for the first wicket from 8.1 overs with Narendra Persaud before being caught off Mark Hamilton who ended with 3 for 18 from his 5 overs, allowing Renee to add 42 more valuable runs with his Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) teammate Travis Persaud.
The duo pushed the score to 87 for 2 in the 18th over, before Renee was caught off the bowling of Steve Mangal (1-17), but with Extras contributing a healthy 25 to West Demerara’s total, they managed to reach their eventual total.
When East Coast began their reply, they lost wickets regularly as Persaud who was operating from the Carifesta Avenue End cut through their powerful batting lineup, taking wickets without any resistance, including the pugnacious Bhaskar Yadram (06) on his way to finishing with 5 for 12, as East Coast were restricted to 62 for 8 from their 25 overs.
Only Ronaldo Gibson (11, 1x4) and Hamilton 10 (1x4) reached double figures apart from Extras, as West Demerara kept a tight rein on things by backing up their bowlers with sharp fielding both in the 30 yard circle as well as beyond.
The action will culminate today with the playing of two final round matches at the Everest and Police Sports Club (PSC) grounds respectively, with Georgetown taking on East Coast at PSC, while at Everest, East Bank and West Demerara will do battle.
At the end of this tournament, the Demerara Under-17 team will be selected to compete in the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Inter-County Under-17 tournament, from which the national team will be selected to play in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional Under-17 tournament.