Lower Corentyne, New Amsterdam in final
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - The 2013 Berbice Cricket Board (BCB)/National Communications Network (NCN) Under-15 Inter-zone tournament got cracking last Saturday with Lower Corentyne and New Amsterdam/Canje advancing to the finals after securing victories in the first round.
The BCB used this Inter-zone tournament to select their Under-15 Inter-county team after selecting the four teams based on performances in the Tenelec Inc Under-15 Inter-club tournament that was played earlier.
At the Blairmont Community Centre ground, Lower Corentyne defeated West Berbice on first innings to advance, while at the Skeldon ground, New Amsterdam/Canje snatched first innings points from Upper Corentyne.
Batting first after losing the toss, West Berbice was dismissed for 71 all out in 36.3 of their allotted 40 overs with Saheed Khan topscoring with 20 and Titus Webster supporting with18.
Bowling for Lower Corentyne, Sylus Tyndall took 4 for 12 and Veeramootoo Senwansane 3 for 11, before their side reached 80 for 4 in response off their allotted overs, to claim a vital first innings lead of nine runs.
Adrian Sukhra 14, Matthew Hardyal 15, Veeramootoo Senwansane 12 all reached double figures, but it was Joshua Harrichan (16*) and Keiron Cort (12*) crucial fifth wicket partnership which netted 35 runs for Lower Corentyne, that led their side to the first innings win.
Kris Ramnarine took 2 for 20 runs from 11 overs for West Berbice who were bowled out for 73 in their second innings, with Titus Webster 23, Bramdat Singh 14, Kris Ramnarine 12 and Joseph Nicholson 15 reaching double figures.
Off spinner Joshua Gobin claimed 5 for 17 runs from ten impressive overs while Senwansane took 3 for 10 and needing to score 65 runs for an outright victory, Lower Corentyne reached 20 for 4 before time ran out as Webster completed a fine all round performance with 3 for 8.
At the Skeldon Community Centre ground an excellent allround performance from Joel Seetaram led New Amsterdam/Canje to first inning points over Upper Corentyne.
Batting first after winning the toss, the visitors rattled up 135 all out in their 40 overs with Kevin Sinclair 33, Kyle Michael 22 and Seetaram 20 being the principal scorers as Vickram Laljit took 4 for 31 and Abdul Ajib 2 for 17 for the hosts.
The home team in response was bowled out for 89 with Nicholas Seenarine topscoring with 20 as Seetaram claimed four for 27 runs and Tyrell Peters 3 for 15 and batting a second time with a first innings lead of 46 runs, New Amsterdam/Canje reached 90 for 4 when stumps were drawn.
Seetaram topscored with 33 (4x4) while Kyle Michael contributed with 20, with Vickram Laljit and Abdur Ajib claiming two wickets each for a disappointed Upper Corentyne Team.
Upper Corentyne and West Berbice would clash for the 3rd place while Lower Corentyne and New Amsterdam/Canje would play in the finals on a date to be announced by the Berbice Cricket Board, with NCN Radio providing live ball by ball coverage of the finals.