Essequibo crowned champions

2018 GCB Female Franchise Under-17 Secondary Schools T20 League Final Round
– Ramnauth, Edwards and Ross star in final round

Essequibo walked away with the winning trophy, lifting the championship with a total of 30 points. Lower Corentyne also finished with 30 points, but Essequibo walked away with the tournament, since they won against Lower Corentyne in their encounter.

The winning team

The females continued to show the love for the game of cricket as the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Female Franchise Under-17 Secondary Schools T20 League concluded with exciting matches across beautiful Guyana.
In Essequibo’s encounter with West Berbice over at Wales, Essequibo won the toss and batted first, scoring 106 for 4 in 15 overs. Anisa D’Aguiar top-scored with 18 not out. Bowling for West Berbice, Marisa Telford collected two wickets for 19 runs off the innings. West Berbice in reply fell for 89 for 7 in 15 overs with Tia Isaacs (21) and Tiernicia Solomon (11). Bowling for Essequibo, Divine Ross picked up 3 for 19. Essequibo won by 17 runs.

Acting GCB President Mr Bacchus handing over the winning trophy to the Essequibo Captain

In the big matchup between Lower Corentyne and Georgetown, played at Enterprise Cricket Club on the East Coast, the city side won the toss and opted to field. The Berbicians were given a chance to bat first under beautiful sunshine as they racked up a daunting 176-4 in their 20 overs. Opener Ashmini Munisar, who was amongst the top performers in the recent round, was removed for a golden duck by the fourth delivery of the innings bowled by Emalissa Whyte. Shania Simon and Niveena Ramnauth were the chief scorers as the duo batted solidly, adding 91 runs together for the second wicket. Simon top-scored with an unbeaten 32, including three boundaries, while Ramnauth supported with a quick-fire 25 runs. Ramnauth’s destructive innings included two maximums and two fours. Whyte was Georgetown’s most successful bowler, picking up 3-33 in her four overs. The other bowlers were expensive as the Lower Corentyne batters played aggressively.
In Georgetown’s reply, the batters looked rusty as the Lower Corentyne bowlers dominated from the get-go. The city side failed terribly as they crumbled to 20-8 in seven overs. Ramnauth ripped through the batting line-up, collecting five wickets for eight runs and Samaroo supported with three wickets for 11 runs. Lower Corentyne won by 62 runs.
Over at Wales, West Demerara won the toss and mustered 140 for 5 in 20 overs. Jamaica Simon scored 29 not out while Africa Gentle collected 3 for 23 and Hemwanttie Mohabir, 1 for 30.
In West Demerara’s reply, Gentle could not take her team to victory after she fell for 56 when Simon took a brilliant catch to dismiss her. East Bank failed to reach their target and fell short by two runs, scoring 139 for seven from their allotted 20 overs. Simon was the most destructive bowler grabbing 3 for 23 while she gained support from Ariana Buckan, Rebika Renee and Vauni Pitamber who took one wicket apiece. West Demerara won the match by one run.
At Enterprise, we saw East Coast winning the toss and taking to the crease scoring 163 for 3 in their 20 overs. Shemika Edwards scored an acceptable 51 not out while Sarah Amin was also not out on 14 runs.
Bowling for Upper Corentyne, Britney Mc Ally and Shenea Leitch picked up a wicket each for 19 and 21 runs respectively. Upper Corentyne in response struggled to reach their total, scoring 101 for 8 in 20 overs. Shaina Farzer top-scored with 11 while national Under-19 player Sarah Amin grabbed 2 for 14 and Player of the Match Shemika Edwards, Tillya Madamootoo and Vinita Ballkishun took one wicket respectively. East Coast won the match by 62 runs.