Republic Bank U-23: Jaikaran, Beaton lead DCC to final
An unbeaten fifty from Brandon Jaikaran, coupled with four wickets from Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) skipper Nkosi Beaton, helped their side romp to a commanding six-wicket over Berbice champions Albion, at the Georgetown Cricket Club, Bourda.
Albion found it challenging to get by the duo of Beaton and Mootoo, who kept them to 128 in 44.1 overs after some exceptional bowling.
The DCC skipper claimed 4-20 while Mootoo grabbed 3-20, leaving just Damien Cecil (37), Ari Kadir (20), and Naeem Khan (16) with the top-scoring honors for Albion.
In-form spinner Indarjeet Nanan (1-17), Kareem Whitney (1-16), and Ricardo Percival (1-17) were the other wicket-takers for DCC.
DCC quickly chased the below-par total down, finishing on 130-4 inside 32 overs.
Wicket-keeper Brandon Jaikaran was the man of the hour, hitting just two fours in his gritty knock of an unbeaten 52 from 89 balls.
Nanan (23), Jaden Campbell (20), and ten runs each from Shamar Yearwood and Johnathan Van Lange, who remained not out, were enough to take DCC over the line with wickets and overs to spare.
Cecil returned with the ball for Albion, claiming two of the four wickets to fall, ending with 2-32 from his allotted ten overs.
The national final of the Republic Bank Ltd. Under-23 Inter-Club Super50 will be played on Friday between Essequibo champions North Essequibo and DCC at GCC ground.
The match will be live-streamed on YouTube and the Guyana Cricket Board’s Facebook page.