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GCB Inter-county U-17 tournament – Demerara defend 168 to win by 20 runs

first_img… Algu stars in Berbice easy victory over EssequiboDEMERARA began their Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)-sponsored Igloo Inter-county Under-17Opener Alex Algu strikes an entertaining 81.tournament on a high, as they beat the Select Under-15 team by 20 runs at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground yesterday.Set 169 to win, the Select Under-15 team were bowled out for 148 in 49.3 overs.Opener Ricardo Ramdehol made a fighting 98-ball 43, with five fours, but lethargic running between the wickets, along with the loss of a number of wickets at the back end of the innings, eventually cost the Select Under-15 team. Five batsmen were run-ut.Kester McAllister (2-6), man-of-the-match Pradeep Balkishun (2-13) and Omar Torrington (1-37) were the successful bowlers for the hosts.Earlier, winning the toss and deciding to bat, Demerara lost wickets at regular intervals and were denied momentum for almost the entire innings.Medium-pacer Sheldon Charles (3-39) and left-arm spinner Hemraj Harrilall (2-26) were the pick of the bowlers, while Travon Charles, Andre Seepersaud and Daveanand Khemraj, all had a wicket apiece in a total bowling effort from the Select Under-15’s.For the hosts a number of batsmen got starts but, not being able to convert promising starts into substantial contributions, they ended up 168-9 when the allotted overs expired.Hemnauth Dindyal made a top score of 25, with six other batsmen managing double figures.The hosts’ made a disappointing start when they lost opener Rajendra Singh in the innings’ fourth over.After adding 19 runs with fellow opener Navindra Persaud, Singh was caught at extra-cover off the bowling of Travon Charles for five.However, it was a little better thereafter. Persaud and Alphius Bookie settled in and featured in a 38-run second-wicket stand.But the introduction of Harrilall and Seepersud at opposite ends brought immediate success. Harrilall trapped Bookie leg-before-wicket for 13, while Seepersaud bowled Persaud for a 47-ball 17. Pradesh Balkishun (18) followed soon after when he was run out in a mix-up with Dindyal.Thereafter, Dindyal and Jeremiah Scott added 37 for the fifth-wicket before Hemraj removed Scott, caught-and-bowled, at 117-5.Things slipped further for the hosts with four quick wickets, including Dindyal. McAllister (2) was trapped lbw to Khemraj before Sheldon Charles claimed the wickets of Qumar Torrington (11), Dindyal and Dequen Bamfield. Andrew Samaroo made an unbeaten 14.The Select Under-15 openers were then allowed to score freely, and in the process put together 35 for the first wicket before Balkishun provided the breakthrough with the wicket of Shamar Yearwood who made 12.Ricardo Ramdehol and Sheldon Charles then stitched together 51 for the second-wicket,But the chase faltered thereafter with a number of quick wickets. Balkishun trapped Ramdeol plumb in front, while Marvan Prashad went run-out without scoring.Kester McAllister then removed both Saif Amoi without scoring and Sheldon Charles, to reduce the Select Under-15 team to 91-5.They lost the remaining five wickets for just 57 runs, with Khemraj (16), Mark Ramanand (16) along with Travon Charles (11 not out), who offered some resistance in the closing stages of the innings.Meanwhile, in the other first-round game, Berbice whipped Essequibo by 115 runs.Opener and man-of-the-match Alex Algu stroke an entertaining 81, with eight fours and three sixes, which eventually guided Berbice to 215 all out in 49.1 overs. Algu received support from Kevin Omroa (26), Nigel Deodat (17) and Antonio February (14).Bowling for Essequibo, Lance Roberts, Badesh Parastom and Reyaz Khan picked up two wickets each, while Leon Swami, Mahesh Ramnarine and Azeem Mohammed chipped in with a wicket.In reply, Essequibo were bowled out for 100 in 28.5 overs. Roberts hit a top score of 28. Pacer Gevon Shultz took 4-21, Omroa 3-21, Deodat (2-28). Kevlon Anderson was the other successful bowler.The tournament continues tomorrow, with Demerara playing Essequibo at GCC, while Berbice will take on the Select Under-15 team at Everest.last_img read more

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Remembering Ne’Ondre…U.S.O. teammates and peers react to fallen friend’s absence

first_imgEMOTIONAL MOMENT–USO captains carry the jersey and cleats of deceased teammate Ne’Ondre Harbour who was shot and killed in Garfield on Oct. 14, The largest crowd of the season was in attendance on an emotional night at “The Cup ” to watch Perry defeat USO 12-6 in a battle for first place in the City League. The City League’s newest team, U.S.O. (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama), has been defined by its elevated success in their first two seasons as a program. Before their game against Perry on Oct. 19 they’d been undefeated in conference play for more than a year.The defending league champs went down that night, but the loss was unlike any other they’d ever experienced.“We just wanted to win it for Ne’Ondre,” U.S.O. senior quarterback Akil Young said. “We knew that first place was at stake for us, but we were playing with a different motivation. We just wanted to win for him.”Less than a week prior, they’d lost their best lineman, junior Ne’Ondre Harbour, who was the victim of a Garfield shooting in which he was an innocent bystander.They fell to the Commodores after they couldn’t cross the goal line after four attempts in the team’s final drive.Tears were flowing from the faces of the Wildcats’ players after their 12-6 loss against Perry, which has leapfrogged them into first place in the City League standings.“His spirit has always been one that has been uplifting and full of life,” U.S.O. athletic director Andre McGee said. “We’re obviously tremendously affected by his loss and will be for quite some time. I think our kids have done a tremendous job of standing together through this.”On what was a chilly evening, the atmosphere was high. Seats that were normally empty were filled.A large banner with Harbour’s picture hung from a fence at the stadium. Many placed their autographs and memories of their fallen friend.Also, in remembrance, U.S.O. head coach Louis Berry wore Harbour’s number 50 jersey on the sidelines and perhaps will for the remainder of the season.He has elected to not, officially, go on the record at this time.“We know what is going to be on our minds whenever we play from here on out,” Young said. “It still doesn’t seem real. I look over at practice and think that since he isn’t out there he’s just injured or something. But really he’s not coming back. We have a lot of to play for on this team. But what we can agree on is that we’ll be playing for Ne’Ondre for the rest of this season. We have to win for him.”On the night of that game, 21 year old Brandon Sewall of Homewood was arrested in connection to Harbour’s murder. He is charged with homicide, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, illegal possession of a firearm, and nine counts of reckless endangerment.“We have been pleased to be able to honor his memory,” McGee stated. “He has been a the ultimate team player and friend to all that he’s encountered. He’s always represented brotherhood and love to all people that he dealt with and that’s the way that he’ll always be remembered.”His arrangements have been entrusted to Spriggs and Watson Funeral Home in Homewood. Harbour will be laid to rest today at Valleyview Presbyterian Church in Garfield and will be buried at Homewood Cemetery. He’s survived by both his parents and his five siblings, in which he was the youngest.50 balloons were let into the sky in the 16-year-old’s memory during U.S.O.’s first game without him. Their next game will be on Oct. 25 against Brashear for the semi-final round of the City league playoffs at Cupples Stadium.(Malik Vincent can be reached at mvincent@newpittsburghcourier.com or on Twitter @malikvincent.) By Malik Vincent New Pittsburgh Courier Like any form of competition, football can have its ups and downs.last_img read more