Rampertab Ramnauth’s all-round efforts propel Port Mourant to U-15 championship
BCB/Lewison General Store 2020 Under-15…
By Brandon Corlette
West Indies youth player Rampertab Ramnauth produced an impressive all-round performance to lead Port Mourant Community Centre Cricket Club to a 30-run win against the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club in a match played at the Jai Hind ground at Albion.
In the final, of the Berbice Cricket Board/Lewison General Store 2020 Under-15 tourney, which was slated for last year, Ramnauth hit 61 and picked up 5-32 in 7.1 overs.
Port Mourant had earlier won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 159-9 in 50 overs. In response, Albion were bowled out for 128 in 39.1 overs. The classy left-hander, Rampertab led the way for Port Mourant with an attacking 61 after he was dropped on multiple occasions.
He added 35 runs for the opening wicket with his brother, Rampersaud Ramnauth (06).
The solid Romesh Bharrat, batting at three dropped anchor and watched Rampertab attack the Albion bowlers. This duo added 54 runs to the tally, but Ramnuath rode his luck after he was put down on 20, 46, 50 and 52. The West Indies youth player, who scored 61, hit six fours and three sweet sixes on the small outfield.
He, however, threw his wicket away spooning one to short-mid-wicket off the bowling of Tameshwar Mangal.
Bharrat’s painstaking innings ended when Port Mourant were reduced to 113-3 in 32 overs. He struck a solitary four in his 15. The Port Mourant middle-order was eventually exposed, with Salim Khan (07), Romel Budwa (07) and Vishal William (07) falling cheaply.
At 129-5, with nine overs remaining, left-hander Ganesh Seosahai opened his arm and hit boundaries off pacer Shiv Harripersaud. Batting at number seven, he slammed 17, which included three fours.
Port Mourant had pushed to 158-9 when 50 overs expired. Kumar Deopersaud claimed 2-13 in his 10 overs that included three maidens, while Devon Lalbehari had 2-15 in three overs. Mangal ended with 2-32 in his 10 overs.
In response, Damion Cecil hit a top-score of 30, but that proved insufficient for the Albion lads. Albion lost openers Mangal (04) and Ari-Afrizal Kadir (02) went in the hut at 22-2, but Harripersaud and Cecil added 62 runs to give Albion hope.
After Harripersaud was removed for 28, which included three fours, and Cecil was removed for (30), which was decorated with three fours, Rampertab, bowling his leg-spin, wrecked the batting order with off-spinner Romel Budwaa in tandem.
Rampertab ended with 5-32 in 7.1 overs, while Budwaa claimed 4-36 in 10 overs.
Berbice Under-15 player Salim Khan had 1-18 in nine overs as Albion lost their final seven wickets for 44 runs.