Defending champions, West Demerara mauled East Bank by 136 runs while Georgetown outplayed East Coast in the second round of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) Under-19 Inter-Association Cricket on Friday.
Over at the Wales Community Centre ground, West Demerara took first strike and compiled a huge 277 before being bowled out in the 49th over. Malcom Hubbard slammed a breathtaking 130, decorated with 13 boundaries and five maximums. Ronaldo Renee and Travis Persaud were also among the runs with 42 and 40 respectively. Bowling for East Bank, Irshad Ali and Christian Husband accounted for three wickets each.
East Bank did not threaten the target at any point; they kept loosing wickets regularly and eventually folded for 141 in the 44th over. Their main contributors were Mark Ramsammy with 36 and Abel Bacchus with 26. Shamar DeSouza and Richie Looknauth strangled the batsmen, capturing 4/26 and 3/25 respectively. Keshram Seyoden did some damage with the ball as well; he took 2/19.
This is West Demerara second win; they held off Georgetown by 28 runs in an exciting first round contest at Wales Community Centre ground. The home team bowled out Georgetown for 165 after Malcom Hubbard (46) and Ronaldo Renee (45) saw them to 193 despite Ronaldo Alimohamed and Darshan Persaud good work with the ball, grabbing 4/36 and 3/22 respectively.
Chasing a getable target, Georgetown succumbed to the boys from the west. Travis Persaud led the attack with 3/40 and was supported well by DeSouza and Seyoden who took two wickets each.
Georgetown rebounded well and outplayed East Coast in the second round by seven wickets at DCC ground today. East Coast batted first and posted 189/8 with Bhaskar Yadram top-scoring with an even 50. Ramnarine Chatura contributed 39 and Vishwanauth Ramlakhan 28. Bowling for Georgetown, Alimohamed took 3/29 and Darshan Persaud 2/20.
In reply, Georgetown eased to 190/3 with Raymond Perez and Sherfane Rutherford leading the chase with 74 and 62 respectively. Rajpaul Gopaul took 2/20 with the ball for East Coast.
East Coast, who defeated East Bank in their first round encounter, would be looking to deprive West Demerara of retaining their title when they clash at the Enterprise Busta Sports Club in the third and final round on Saturday, March 19.And Georgetown who would host a winless East Bank team at DCC, would want the boys from the East to win to give them a chance to win the tournament on net run rate.