Baldeo, Motie Put Albion In Final
Albion Community Centre is the first team to reach the final of the 2011 Memorex/Leslie Amsterdam Memorial Under-17 cricket competition in Berbice after defeating No 70 Young Star by an innings and 79 runs in their semi-final encounter.
In the semi-final played at the No 70 Ground, No 70 Young Star lost the toss and were sent to take first strike. They were set back almost immediately after the Albion opening pacers, Kevendra Persaud and Berbice Under-15 cricketer David Latchaya, each picked up 2 wickets to have them reeling at 16-4.
Akash Persaud (22) and Thameshwar (29) did well to hold up any further decline by putting on 50 for the fifth wicket but after that, Guyana Under-19 left arm spinner Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai, with the help of Latchaya, cleaned up the last six wickets for only 21 runs. Motie ended with 5-22, Latchaya 4-28 and Persaud 2-21.
When Albion replied, after Balchan Baldeo and Shivnarine Shrikissoon put on 43 for the first wicket, off spinner Mohamed Deochand, picked up 2 quick wickets, including Shrikissoon for 12, to leave the team 45-2.
However, Baldeo was joined by Latchaya and the two put on 74 for the third wicket before Latchaya became Deochand’s third victim, going for 37 when the score was 119. Meanwhile, Baldeo, who slammed 99 in the quarter-final against Blairmont Community Centre, continued and helped to push the score along until he fell for an even 100 this time at 175-6.
His knock included 7 fours and a six. Albion eventually declared at 186-5. Bowling for Young Star, off spinner, Thameshwar Kumar took 3-24 while Deochand ended with 3-67.
Facing a first innings deficit of 99 runs, Young Star began their second innings facing Motie and Guyana Under-15 all-rounder Sharaz Ramcharran, who bowls bowling off-spin, opening the bowling. This they found to be a difficult task as almost immediately Motie picked up 3 wickets in his second over to leave their opponents at 5-3.
After Ramcharran took a wicket, Motie snapped up 3 more wickets which left Young Star reeling at 12 for 7.
They did not get a chance to recover as the torment continued with Ramcharran striking twice and Motie once more. No 70 Young Star was bowled out for 20, the lowest score in the competition. Motie ended with 7-12 from 6 overs to end with match bowling figures of 11-34 and a total of 39 wickets in the competition so far. Sharaz Ramcharran took 3-4 from 5.4 overs.