GCB/Bel Air Rubis U-17 Inter-County Tournament…
ꟷ after Mohabir, Dindyal, Campbelle heroics
Story and Photos By Brandon Corlette
A magical five-wicket haul from off-spinner Alvin Mohabir, and masterful batting from Mavindra Dindyal and Jaden Campbell propelled Demerara to a comfortable eight-wicket win against Berbice in their GCB/Bel Air Rubis U-17 Inter-County match played at the Everest Cricket Club ground yesterday.
Alvin Mohabir has been declared ‘player of the match’ for rocking Berbice to 108 all out, while Dindyal scored an unbeaten 50 and Campbell stood tall with an unbeaten 42.
Watched by Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) President Hilbert Foster and a fair-sized crowd that included parents, Berbice won the toss and elected to bat first. Eleven runs into the match, Mahendra Gopilall, playing away from his body, was caught in the slip cordon by Chandrapaul Ramraj off the bowling of Romel Datterdeen for just 5 runs.
This lively right-arm seamer continued to make inroads in the Berbice side. He removed Mahendra Ramcharitar for six with the score at 18-2; then trapped Berbice skipper Zeynul Ramsammy at the crease for a duck. That Ramsammy decision was considered a poor call by the umpire, as were some of the other leg-before calls that followed, but it left Berbice reeling at 20-3. However, Hemchand Gurdyal and Jonathan Rampersaud added 31 runs for the 4th wicket partnership.
Then, after making an attractive 20 from 34 balls, which included two fours, Rampersaud, a former Guyana U-15 player, was adjudged leg-before to Ramraj in another questionable decision by the umpire. Right-handed opener Gurdyal danced down the track and hit some lovely fours, before a wild swipe saw his promising innings come to an end. It had lasted for 103 minutes, during which he scored 34 runs from 74 balls, decorated with four boundaries.
At 80-5, Berbice were slipped and sliding downhill. With the umpiring decisions already not in their favour, the Berbicians were not doing themselves any favours by their batting, which was not of the highest quality. Their last five wickets fell for just 28 runs, the Berbice innings being wrapped up by off-spinner Alvin Mohabir, who ended with a five-wicket haul.