GCB Inter County U-17 Tourney…Essequibo, Berbice game abandoned due to rain
Kaieteur News article.
Georgetown, Guyana - The second round game of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Inter County Under-17 50 over tournament between defending champions Essequibo and Berbice was called off just after lunch yesterday without a ball being bowled.
Heavy overnight and constant morning rain left the outfield at the Wales Community Centre ground in a soggy state while sections of the pitch had seepages due to porous covers. Following several inspections, the Umpires decided that play wasn’t possible since the conditions didn’t improve.
In an invited comment, Manager of the Essequibo team Nazeer Mohamed said that his players are disappointed they didn’t get the opportunity to play and had to relinquish the title in this manner which wasn’t expected.
Essequibo lost their opening game against Demerara by 10 wickets on Wednesday at Enmore and Mohamed uttered his displeasure with their performance.
“We have some talented players in the team but they didn’t perform as expected. Our batting let us down, the guys didn’t apply themselves and it was always going to be difficult defending such as small total taking into consideration the strength of Demerara batting”, he added.
Keemo Paul stroked a fluent half century in their opening fixture and Mohamed commended the all-rounder. “Paul is a gifted cricketer, he played well against Demerara and has a bright future”, he said.
Manager of the Berbice side Leslie Solomon said his players are upset but are looking forward to their second game tomorrow against Demerara. “It was a similar situation last year when our last game versus Demerara was rained out and it prevented us from possibly winning the title”, he stated.
Solomon is confident that his players will do well in the final round, adding that Brandon Persaud, Adrian Sukwah, Matthew Hardyal and Ritesh Omrow are some of the players to look out for.