U-19 Inter-county: Van Lange (7-25) bowls Demerara to title success over Berbice

SUMMARY: Berbice 90 all out from 19 overs (Rampersaud Ramnauth 19, Afraz Budhoo 15; Jonathan Van Lange 7-25) vs Demerara 91-3 from 32.2 overs (Mavindra Dindyal 31*, Romeo Deonarain 22, Alvin Mohabir 11*, Sachin Balgobin 11; Kumar Deopersaud 1-11, Matthew Pottaya 1-25, Afraz Budhoo 1-32)


By Avenash Ramzan


Three crucial things happened at the Malteenoes Sports Club on Thursday, and at the end of them all, Demerara assumed the reign of Under-19 Inter-county 50-over champs, topping Berbice by seven wickets in the final.

The tremendous bowling exploits of the effervescent Jonathan Van Lange, with seven wickets for little, would be recorded in the books for posterity, but the ill-advised shot selection of Berbice and their subsequent raggedness in the field would only linger in the minds of those who witnessed it.

Take nothing away from Van Lange- he found a nagging line and length on a conducive pitch, maximising the early morning moisture.

However, an argument can be made that had the young Berbice batters applied the fundamentals of the game and bided their time, the woefully insufficient 90 they made in 19 (yes, 19) of the allotted 50 overs could have been so many more.

And maybe the result could have been different.

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President of the Guyana Cricket Board Bissoondyal Singh (second left), Technocrat Member Vicky Bharosay (left) and Cricket Operations Manager Anthony D’Andrade (right) with members of the successful Demerara team (Photo: News Room/Avenash Ramzan/April 18, 2024)

Van Lange’s splendid effort of 7-25 off six impactful overs proved the difference between the sides in a game that last just over 50 overs.

The Demerara Cricket Club all-rounder ran through Berbice top and middle order in a spell for the ages, as Berbice capitulated spectacularly after an opening partnership of 41 between the Ramnauth brothers that was built on 24 extras.

Anthon Lim provided the breakthrough when skipper Rampertab Ramnauth (6) was brilliantly caught by a diving Krsna Singh at mid-on.

That opened the floodgates, as Van Lange proceeded to dismiss Rampersaud Ramnauth (19), Kevin Kisten (5), Rashad Gaffur (0), Damion Cecil (1), Sanjay Algoo (6), Salim Khan (4) and Ayhinde Roger (0) in a memorable spell of bowling.

Officials of the Guyana Cricket Board with the Berbice team (Photo: News Room/Avenash Ramzan/April 18, 2024)

Singh added the wicket of Afraz Budhoo (15) and Neeran Bani snapped up last man Kumar Deopersaud (0) as the last eight wickets tumbled for just 25 runs.

While the records would show a triumph for Demerara, it would not speak to the efforts of the Berbice bowlers receiving little to no support from the fielders.

Several catches- the majority of them simple at this level- were floored, and that further minimised the little wiggle room that comes with defending low totals.

Openers Romeo Deonarain and Sachin Balgobin were ultra-defensive in their approach, adding 28 in 15.2 overs, and once they were separated, Berbice brought the chase to life, reducing the home side to 48-3.

Mavindra Dindyal (right) and Alvin Mohabir steered Demerara to victory with another unbroken partnership (Photo: News Room/Avenash Ramzan/April 18, 2024)

Matthew Pottaya dismissed Balgobin for 11 off 52, the economical Deopersaud removed Deonarain for 22 off 62 and Budhoo got the big scalp of Van Lange for nine off 14.

Skipper Mavindra Dindyal and his deputy Alvin Mohabir then took controlled the chase, first weathering some tight bowling before finishing the game in a flurry.

The pair added an unbroken 43 for the fourth wicket to seal the win, further frustrating the Berbicians following their masterful 138-run, match-winning partnership the previous game at the same venue.

Jonathan Van Lange and his Demerara teammates celebrate a Berbice wicket (Photo: News Room/Avenash Ramzan/April 18, 2024)

Dindyal ended on 31 off 39 (2x4s, 2x6s) and Mohabir 11 off 27 (2x4s). Deopersaud was the pick of the bowlers with 10-4-11-1, while Pottaya had 1-25 (9) and Budhoo 1-32 (7).

At the presentation ceremony, which was attended by President of the Guyana Cricket Board and Cricket West Indies Director Bissoondyal Singh and Guyana Cricket Board Technocrat Member Vicky Bharosay, the captains of the two sides were presented with the winner and runners-up trophies.

Individual awards were also presented to Dindyal for scoring the most runs (151), while Van Lange emerged with the most wickets (13).

Demerara captain Mavindra Dindyal (left) receives the championship trophy from GCB President Bissoondyal Singh, while at right, Berbice skipper Rampertab Ramnauth collects the runner-up trophy from Anthony D’Andrade of the GCB (Photos: News Room/Avenash Ramzan/April 18, 2024)

Below is a summary of the tournament


At Lusignan: Demerara defeated Select XI by nine wickets

SUMMARY: Select XI 100 all out from 33 overs (Justin Doobay 23, Nityanand Mathura 19*, Shiloh Adams 17, Athony Khan 13, Extras 19; Wavell Allen 3-22, Riyad Latiff 3-33, Alvin Mohabir 2-7) vs Demerara 101-1 from 19.5 overs (Romeo Deonarain 53*, Sachin Balgobin 46; Nityanand Mathura 1-32)

At Malteenoes: Berbice defeated Essequibo by seven wickets

SUMMARY: Essequibo 108 all out from 34.5 overs (Shahid Vieira 25, Jadon Campbell 24, Rajindra Ramballi 21; Salim Khan 3-30, Kumar Deopersaud 2-11, Sanjay Algoo 2-27) vs Berbice 109-3 from 21.5 overs (Damion Cecil 31*, Rampertab Ramnauth 27, Rashad Gaffur 22*; Bruce Vincent 2-23)


At Malteenoes: Demerara defeated Essequibo by 48 runs

SUMMARY: Demerara 214 all out from 45.4 overs (Zachary Jodah 40, Johnathan Van Lange 29, Sachin Balgobin 28, Alvin Mohabir 26; Golcharran Chulai 3-34, Darwin Joseph 2-41, Mahem Khan 2-43) v Essequibo 166 all out from 35.2 overs (Thaddeus Lovell 73, Shahid Vieira 15, Mahem Khan 14; Krsna Singh 3-19, Riyad Latiff 3-38, Johnathan Van Lange 2-40)

At Meten-Meer-Zorg: Berbice defeated Select XI by 10 wickets

SUMMARY: GCB Select XI 140 from 43.5 overs (Deonarine Dindyal 52, Ari Afrizel Kadir 26, Andres Fraser 15; Kumar Deopersaud 3-28, Salim Khan 3-3, Afraz Budhoo 2-21) v Berbice 141-0 from 23.3 overs (Rampertab Ramnauth 77*, Rampersaud Ramnauth 51*)


At Lusignan: Essequibo defeated the Select XI by 146 runs

SUMMARY: Essequibo 250-5 from 50 overs (Shahid Vieira 80*, Thaddeus Lovell 51, Jadon Campbell 31, Ranaldo Jeffery 28, Mahem Khan 25; Avishkar Beharry 2-35) vs Select XI 104 from 29.1 overs (Shiloh Adams 32, Jeremiah Hohenkirk 31; Golcharran Chulai 5-18, Mahem Khan 2-39)

At Malteenoes: Demerara defeated Berbice by seven wickets

SUMMARY: Berbice 223-9 from 50 overs (Salim Khan 47, Afraz Budhoo 45; Anthon Lim 3-58, Neeran Bani 2-17, Krsna Singh 2-41) vs Demerara 227-3 from 35.5 overs (Mavindra Dindyal 102*, Alvin Mohabir 53*, Sachin Balgobin 30; Kumar Deopersaud 1-36, Afraz Budhoo 1-41)

Vicky Bharosay of the GCB presents the individual awards to Mavindra Dindyal (left) and Jonathan Van Lange for scoring the most runs and taking the most wickets respectively (Photos: News Room/Avenash Ramzan/April 18, 2024)


250-5 (Essequibo vs Select XI) 50 overs

227-3 (Demerara vs Demerara) 35.5 overs

223-9 (Berbice vs Demerara) 50 overs

214 all out (Demerara vs Essequibo) 45.4 overs

166 all out (Essequibo vs Demerara) 35.2 overs

141-0 (Berbice vs Select XI) 23.3 overs

140 all out (Select XI vs Berbice) 43.5 overs

109-3 (Berbice vs Essequibo) 21.5 overs

108 all out (Essequibo vs Berbice) 34.5 overs

104 all out (Select XI vs Essequibo) 29.1 overs

101-1 (Demerara vs Select XI) 19.5 overs

100 all out (Select XI vs Demerara) 33 overs

91-3 (Demerara vs Berbice) 32.2 overs

90 all out (Berbice vs Demerara) 19 overs

Highest individual scores

101*– Mavindra Dindyal, Demerara vs Berbice

80*– Shahid Vieira, Essequibo vs Select XI

77*– Rampertab Ramnauth, Berbice vs Select XI

73– Thaddeus Lovell, Essequibo vs Demerara

53*– Alvin Mohabir, Demerara vs Berbice

53*– Romeo Deonarain, Demerara vs Select XI

52– Deonarine Dindyal, Select XI vs Berbice

51*– Rampersaud Ramnauth, Berbice vs Select XI

51– Thaddeus Lovell, Essequibo vs Select XI

Best bowling figures

7-25: Jonathan Van Lange, Demerara vs Berbice (Final)

5-18: Golcharran Cholai, Essequibo vs Select XI

3-3: Salim Khan, Berbice vs Select XI

3-19: Krsna Singh, Demerara vs Essequibo

3-22: Wavell Allen, Demerara vs Select XI

3-28: Kumar Deopersaud, Berbice vs Select XI

3-30: Salim Khan, Berbice vs Essequibo

3-33: Riyad Latiff, Demerara vs Select XI

3-34: Golcharran Cholai, Essequibo vs Demerara

3-38: Riyad Latiff, Demerara vs Essequibo

3-58: Anthon Lim, Demerara vs Berbice

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