The well-built lad from Cumberland Canje, Alex Algoo, showed his supremacy at this level with a sensational century against the Guyana Select U-17 team at Everest. Berbice ended the second day on 292-4 in 70 overs; a lead of 201 runs. Alex Algoo remained unbeaten on 119 from 201 balls, decorated with six fours and three sixes. He was supported by his skipper, Kevlon Anderson who scored 53, Junior Sinclair 42, and Seon Glasgow 40.
Earlier under overcast conditions, Guyana Select U-17 resumed the second day on 185-6, they were bowled out for 218 in 71.4 overs, losing four wickets for 33 runs. It was West Indies U-19 selectee, Kevin Umroa being the most destructive bowler for Berbice with 5-55 in 25.4 overs, including 10 maidens. The Select U-17 team attained a first innings lead of 91; Zeynul Ramsammy top-scored with 58 while Mavindra Dindyal scored 56. Sarwan Chaitnarine was unbeaten on 38, including eight elegant boundaries. With the exclusion of the left arm spinner in Umroa, who had five wickets, Junior Sinclair had 2-32 while Seon Glasgow, Nigel Deodat and Kevlon Anderson had one wicket each.
It was time to make amends for the Berbicians who displayed an ordinary performance in their first innings. The dynamic duo in Alex Algoo and Junior Sinclair played with maturity, adding 87 runs together for the opening partnership. After playing some sweet shots, Sinclair was out bowled around his legs by leg-spinner, Niran Bissu for 42 from 71 balls, including five fours.
Albion’s Jetendra Outar partnered Algoo and the duo continued to work the bowling around and putting the bad balls into the gap. Outar was once more undone by the leg-spinner, Bissu when he played back and was bowled for six. In came the class act, Kevlon Anderson at 117-2 who showed his class scoring freely. Berbice reached the tea interval at 176-2 with Algoo occupying the crease with 72 and Anderson on 36 at the break.
The Windies U-19 selectee, Anderson looked above his U-19 class reaching his half-century with an exquisite cut shot off right arm pacer, Jagdesh Dowlatram. He further found the gaps with ease as his National U-19 partner, Algoo played out-of-the-box with patience. Anderson soon after reaching his half-century, threw his wicket away hitting one down long-on at 199-3. His 68-minute innings ended on 53 from 67 balls, including seven trademark boundaries.
The explosive Seon Glasgow partnered with Algoo and the duo took a liking to the Select U-17 bowlers. At 15:51h, the heavens opened up with Alex Algoo was unbeaten on 90 from 165 balls including six fours and one six. Glasgow was undefeated on 32 from 31 balls as Berbice reached 246-3 in 58.1 overs enjoying a lead of 155 runs.
The rain ended and at 16:23h; Algoo and Glasgow continued where they left off; Glasgow was adjudged leg before for 40 from 41 balls, including four boundaries and one six. Garfield Benjamin partnered the opener, Algoo and the duo ended the day in a strong position.
Algoo is on 119 and Benjamin is on six; the third and final day will resume from 10:00h local time at Everest.