Head of the NCN Berbice operations Faizal Jafferally (centre) poses with the members of the Lower Corentyne team and officials of the BCB
The National Communication Network (NCN) Under-15 Inter-Zone cricket competition concluded recently in Berbice with Lower Corentyne lifting the title by dethroning defending champion East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje at the Albion Community Centre ground.
In a match which the first innings limitation for each team was reduced from 55 to 35 overs because of a late start due to rain, East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje won the toss and took first strike.
In the face of some tight and accurate bowling, opening batsmen Kevin Sinclair and Malcolm Mickle only managed to put on 20 runs between them in 18 overs before they fell in quick succession- Sinclair for seven and Mickle for 12.
From 22-2, Isaiah Lewis (17) and Andre Seetal (07) put on 17 for the third wicket but after that it was quickly downhill as off-spinner Joshua Gobin and left-arm spinner Joshua Harrichan ripped through the rest of the batting.
East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje could only manage 84 all out with Gobin taking 5-21 from six overs and Harrichan 4-31 from 11.
When Lower Corentyne responded, they benefitted from an opening stand of 73 from Adrian Sukhwa (38) and Junior Sinclair (38) that helped them ease past the first innings target and reach 118-5 in their 35 overs at the close of play. Left-arm spinner Steffon Anderson ended with 3-27 from 12 overs. Gobin was named Man-of-the-Match.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Member of Parliament Faizal Jafferally, who also has responsibility for NCN in Berbice, congratulated Lower Corentyne for becoming champions. He went on to say that NCN was pleased to play a role in cricket development in the ancient county.
He praised the Berbice Cricket Board for a well-run tournament, stating that it was for that reason that NCN came on board. He pointed out that the government has young people at heart and that was why they were further investing in Berbice cricket with the impending installation of lights at the Albion Community Centre.
Meanwhile, West Berbice defeated Upper Corentyne on first innings in their drawn third place playoff at Number 73 to earn the third position in the competition. West Berbice made 179 all out (Rameshwar Somwaru 37, Kishan Arjune 31, Sachin Veerasammy 22, Nicholas Seenarine 5-45, Totaram Parasram 2-14) versus Upper Corentyne, 120 (Abdur 42, Tamesh Baichan 21, Curt Shiwtahal 3-18, Kris Ramnarine 3-21).