Demerara emerge champions of GCB/Hand-in-Hand U-19 tourney

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first_imgDEMERARA emerged champions of this year’s GCB/Hand-in-Hand Under-19 Inter-county three-day tournament based on points, after early morning rains forced the umpires to abandon matches at the Everest Cricket Club and Police Sports Club grounds.Demerara ended with 25.5 points, Berbice followed with 19.7 points. The Select Under-17, from which players will be drawn for next month’s regional U-17 tournament, had 11.1 points, finishing just ahead of the 8.6 points that the Essequibo team managed.All-rounder Kevlon Anderson gained the man-of-the-match award for the Select U-17 versus Essequibo, while Karan Arjpaul was adjudged man-of-the-match for his impressive bowling performance of 9 for 22 for Berbice against Demerara on Wednesday.Raymond Perez received the award for the highest aggregate of runs in tournament, that of 259, with a best of 125, while Keshram Seyhodan got the trophy for the most wickets in the tournament – 18.West Indies Youth selectee Joshua Persaud and Robin Williams shared the award for the most dismissals, three each. Bhaskar Yadram, another West Indies Youth selectee, got the MVP award for aggregating 204 runs, taking 20 wickets and collecting two dismissals in the match as he was the designated wicketkeeper.The inclement weather that curtailed yesterday’s matches had plagued the tournament from the beginning of the 50-overs format in May.Both venues experienced unexpected terminations as early morning rains greatly affected the outfield of play, rendering the final day’s play impossible, and the umpires abandoned play at both venues at the stroke of tea at 14:30hrs.All were presented with their prizes at a presentation ceremony that followed. Sponsors, executives, staffs and spectators were present.Presenting on behalf of the Hand-in-Hand Mutual Fire and Life Insurance Company was the company’s Business Development Supervisor Shafeena JumanJuman extended warm wishes to players and thanked them for participating in the tournament.Secretary of Guyana Cricket Board, Anand Sanasie, and Nazimul Drepaul were also in attendance and expressed thanks to the sponsors and best wishes to the teams in their future endeavours.The GCB has over the years been in great support for Inter-county cricket in Guyana.The GCB’s next focus will now be to select and prepare the teams for the upcoming Regional age-group tournaments next month.The Regional U-19 competition is set for St Kitts from July 21 to August 28, while a national U-17 team will represent Guyana at the Regional U-17 tournament in Trinidad and Tobago July 8-18.last_img

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