Lower and Upper Corentyne clash in Republic Bank Under-17 Inter-zone final today
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - The 2013 Republic Bank Under-17 Inter-zone Cricket competition has reached the final stage with Lower Corentyne and Upper Corentyne meeting today in the final at Albion.
Lower Corentyne having easily defeated West Berbice on first innings in their semi-final will certainly start as favourites to regain the championship they lost to East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje last year. They have a very experienced lineup with many of their players representing Berbice and Guyana at the youth level.
Playing in the Regional Under-17 this year were batsmen Matthew Hardyal and Brandon Persaud together with off-spinner Daniel Lewis.
Playing for the country in the Under-15 Tournament earlier this year was wicketkeeper-batsman Adrian Sukhwa. Other players with a past history of playing for Berbice at the youth level are batsmen Balchand Baldeo and Navendra Persaud, pacer Cylus Tyndall, all-rounder Brian Dukhna and spinners Joshua Harrichand and Veeramootoo Senwansane.
Upper Corentyne, on the other hand, while only having all-rounder Dion Esau and pacer Nicholas Seenarine with Inter-county experience cannot be taken lightly as defending champions East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje learnt to their detriment when they were knocked out at the semi-final stage.
Their batting will be spearheaded by Tameshwar Chaterpal, who scored a half-century in the semi-final as well as Esau, Rabindranauth Roopchand and Mohamed Deochand. However, their main strength would be their bowling with off-spinner Devanand Chatterpaul and Esau as well as pacer Nicholas Seenarine who destroyed the combined team in the semi-final as well as the dangerous leg-spinner Jameel Jackman.
The third place play-off between West Berbice and East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje is also fixed for this Saturday at Bush Lot, West Coast, Berbice.
Both matches are scheduled to start at 09.00hrs with the first innings restricted to 60 overs-a-side.
The squads are:
Lower Corentyne: Balchand Baldeo, Jason Anderson, Brandon Persaud, Daniel Lewis (c), Adrian Sukhwa, Matthew Hardyal, Cylus Tyndall, Navendra Persaud, Brian Dukhna, Daniel Samaroo, Kevindra Persaud, Kelvin Omrow, Joshua Harrichand and Veeramootoo Senwansane.
Upper Corentyne: Dion Esau (c), Tameshwar Chaterpal, Rabindranauth Roopchand, Mohamed Deochand, Nicholas Seenarine, Jameel Jackman, Sahif Jamesy, Devanand Chatterpaul, Aslim Baksh, Taleshwar Baichan, Abdur Ajib, Navindra Edwin, Totaram Rajaram, Samuel Serrao and Rajiv Bickram.