Nedd spins DCC to NBS 40-over title

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Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), led by left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd, comfortably defeated Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) by 49 runs to regain the New Building Society (NBS) 40-over second division title on Saturday in Queenstown.

The Windies youth player took 4-22, which effectively stymied GCC’s pursuit of 184 in the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) organised tournament. It was a rocky start for the Bourda unit, slipping to 40-5 inside 15 overs, a situation which they were never able to recover from.

Nedd, bowling with guile, got the big wicket of the in-form Ronaldo Alimohamed for just three.

Alimohamed went after a flighted delivery, but only reached Steven Sankar at long-off. Alimohamed, who had been ‘Mr Century-maker’ over the previous weekends, had a short but fortuitous stay. He was dropped twice off the bowling of Dennis Squires (1-26) before getting off the mark.

Once the engine room of the batting went cheaply, the slide to defeat continued. There was some respite from left-hander Deonarine Seegobin with an unbeaten 53 (4x4s;1×6) with the next best being Gavin Singh with 22 (4x4s).

Off-spinner Xavi Smith supported with 2-29, while Dexter George (1-19) and Alphius Bookie (1-34) also got in on the act to bundle out the visitors in 36.3 overs.

When the home side batted, many of their batsmen got starts but none were able to convert into big scores. Windies youth players, Sachin Singh and Raymond Perez, laid the foundation with attractive innings of 39 (3x4s, 2x6s) and 34 (2x4s, 2x6s) respectively.

Nedd with 29 and Garrick Persaud with a fluent unbeaten 25 got some runs before they were bowled out in 38.1 overs; GCC would have rued the 22 extras they leaked. Chetram Persaud (3-34) and Singh (3-42) did the damage with the ball.

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