A brilliant unbeaten century from Berbice Under-19 all-rounder Derick Narine Lalsa Jnr. led Blairmont Community Centre to a semi-final spot in the Elizabeth Styles Under-19, 50-over cricket competition in Berbice, after they defeated Edinburgh by nine wickets.
In the quarter-final played at Blairmont, Edinburgh won the toss and took first strike, making 160 all out in 49.4 overs with former Berbice Under-15 cricketer Jamal Henry topscoring with 61 (3x4s, 4x6s) and Makesh Yadram making 20.
Bowling for Blairmont, medium-pacer Avishkar Sewkarran took 3-16, Berbice Under-19 leg-spinner Kevon Jawahir 2-35 and medium-pacer Ridwan Ramjohn 2-19.
When Blairmont replied, they lost Nick Ramsaroop for 12 with the score on 42, after which Sewkarran joined Narine Lalsa Jnr. and the pair proceeded to dominate the bowling attack, adding an unbroken 119 for the second wicket in just 15 overs.
Blairmont won the match at 161-1 from 25 overs with Narine Lalsa Jnr. hitting 106 not out, inclusive of eight fours and four sixes, while Sewkarran ended on 29 nout out.
Meanwhile, Young Warriors also advanced to the semi-finals after they defeated Achievers by six wickets in their quarter-final game. Sent in to take first strike, Achievers made 172 in 32.3 overs with Royden Wade scoring 46 and Quacy McPherson 44. Bowling for Young Warriors, former Guyana Under-15 cricketer Kevin Ramdeen took 3-33, former Guyana Under-19 all-rounder Linden Austin 3-36 and Berbice Under-19 pacer Suresh Dhanai 2-45.
Young Warriors replied with 176-4 from 23.4 overs with Ramdeen hitting 45 and Austin 33. Bowling for Achievers, Joseph Nicholson took 2-41.