GCB/GTM Under-19 Inter-County : Sattaur and Mars power Demerara to limited overs title
Guyana Chronicle article.
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - A belligerent unbeaten ton from Brian Sattaur, coupled with a menacing spell of fast bowling from Cordell Mars, helped Demerara defeat defending champions Berbice by 84 runs at the Everest Cricket Club ground, to take the Guyana Cricket Board/GTM Under-19 Inter-county limited overs title yesterday.
Scores in the match were Demerara 203 for 6 off 42 overs, Berbice 119 all out off 29.1 overs.
The pugnacious Sattaur, who was dropped on 0 and 99 by Shailendra Shameer and Ashkay Homraj respectively, struck 9 sixes and four fours in his unbeaten 113 which together with Kamesh Yadram (25), Dexter George (21) and Tagenarine Chanderpaul 20, powered Demerara to 203 for 6 from their 42 overs.
Berbice in reply, failed to negotiate the pace of Mars who took 5 for 39, which together with Dexter George’s 2 for 18 saw them crumble for 119 off 29.1 overs, despite Shameer’s resilient 26, Kevon Jahawir 16 and Parmanand Narine’s 15.
A heavy drizzle, coupled with the unavailability of balls before the toss was spun, saw a delay in the contest which was reduced to a 42 overs affair and saw Berbice win the toss and ask their opponents, who took the three-day title from them just under a week ago, to take first strike.
That move would have paid dividends, had Shameer who was stationed at point not grassed an easy chance offered by Sattaur off the fourth delivery of Demerara’s innings, sent down by Romario Shepherd.
The left-handed opener said thanks by belting the next two deliveries to the boundary for fours and following a sedate start from Chanderpaul - his opening partner - the pair tore into the Berbicians, with Sattaur hitting boundaries at will.
Both Suresh Dhanai and Sharaz Ramcharran were struck for sixes by Sattaur, with the six off Dhanai forcing the umpires to change the ball, while Chanderpaul, who took 23 deliveries to open his account, cut loose with back-to-back fours off Dhanai.
Despite the boundary flow from Sattaur’s bat, which also included a six and four over extra cover off Shameer, Demerara posted their first 50 inside 18 overs, a strong testament to the disciplined bowling by the Ancient County lads.
Sattaur lost Chanderpaul at 75 for 1 in the 22nd over, when the left-handed first class opener was caught by Kevon Jahawir off Shawn Pereira (2 for 32), but not before he (Sattaur) had posted his first 50 and the second of the tournament from 69 deliveries with four fours and three sixes.
The quick demise of Kemol Savory (2) who was caught at the wicket by Homraj off Pereira brought Yadram to the wicket with whom Sattaur added 79 for the third wicket from 15.3 overs as he motored along the scoring for his team.
At one point during the partnership, Sattaur faced nine deliveries, five of which flew over the boundary ropes, with two of his sixes coming in one over from Deryck Narine and the other three in the following over that was bowled by Shameer, as he raced into the 90s.
After spending seven scoreless deliveries on 99 and witnessing the demise of Yadram, who was caught at deep midwicket by Ramcharran off David Latchaya for 25 (33 balls, 4x4), Sattaur watched as Homraj grassed a low chance off Kevon Jahawir.
He got to his century, the lone one for the limited overs phase of the tournament off 119 balls, counting eight sixes and four fours in the process, following which both himself and George struck Latchaya over squareleg for sixes.
The energetic hitting by the Demerara middle and lower order batsmen saw their team recover from 75 for 1 to post 203 for 6 from their 42 overs, as Shepherd returned to claim the wickets of Bernard Bailey (0) and George in the latter stages of the home team’s innings, while Devon Lord was unbeaten on 1 with Sattaur.
Leon Andrews gave Berbice a rousing start to their reply by belting 15 off George’s first over, but disaster struck shortly after and they were precariously placed on 36 for 6 five overs later, as Mars and George ripped through their batting lineup.
Savory took catches at the wicket to dismiss Homraj (2) and Ramcharran (0) off Mars and George in the 2nd and 3rd over of Berbice’s innings, while Mars bowled Andrews for 19 (13 balls, 3x4) as the batsman was looking to pull a short delivery to squareleg and succeeded in getting the ball onto his middle stump.
At 22 for 3 in the fourth over, Berbice slipped to 36 for 6 two overs later, as Mars removed both Shepherd and Deryck Narine without scoring while George accounted for Latchaya, who was caught by Bailey for 4.
Pereira and Parmanand Narine added 34 for the seventh wicket, before the former was smartly stumped by Savory off Lord and eight runs later, Parmanand Narine was caught by Sattaur at extra cover off Steven Sankar for his 15 after facing 45 deliveries and hitting two fours. belligerent
Despite Shameer’s aggressive hitting at the end of the innings, which saw him aggregate 26 off 31 deliveries, inclusive of a six and four off Sankar and Jahawir’s robust 16, Demerara wrapped up the victory when Mars had Dhanai adjudged lbw without scoring, to complete his first five-wicket in his only match of the tournament.
George 2 for 18 offered him support in the bowling department and while Sattaur was duly named Man-of-the-Match for his unbeaten ton at the presentation ceremony that followed, GTM Group of Companies Fire Manager Ramona Singh’s words of commitment must have been most heartening for the GCB hierarchy.