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South-East, East advance to U-15 Interzone final
Despite 83 from Central batsman Crystian Thurton yesterday, East easily won by 141 runs at the Bamboo Recreation Ground to advance to the final of the BG T&T Under-15 Interzone two-day tournament.
Chasing an imposing 281 for victory in 42 overs, Central needed someone to step up to the plate. Right-handed Thurton, who represented the national Under-15 team last year, showed his class, but did not get enough help. Central was dismissed for 141 in 39.4 overs, with Nathaniel McDavid taking 4/38 and Kareem Muradali grabbing 3/15.
Earlier in the day, Kallicharan again top scored for East, hitting 70 to lead the team to 202/8 in the second innings off 42 overs. On Tuesday Kallicharan struck 86 in the first innings. McDavid pitched in with 44, while Brandon Ali tried his best to contain the East batsmen, snatching 3/25.
At Sancho Recreation Ground, Princes Town, South-East booked a spot in the final with a 67-run win over North. South-East did not bat as well in the second innings, getting to 118/9 of its 41 overs. However, this gave South-East an overall lead of 194 runs. Cooper, who made an unbeaten 81 in the first innings, top scored again for South-East with 35. Brandon Maraj contributed 22, while Michael Ambard was the pick of the bowlers taking 4/22.
Chasing a competitive 195 for victory in 41 overs, North could only get 127/6. Narvin Bedaise was left unbeaten on 47 and Kevon Surzano struck 22. For South-East, Avinash Roopnarine (1/21), Avinash Mahabirsingh (1/15) and Justin Gangoo (1/24) all grabbed one wicket each.
East and South-East will play in the final on June 3 and 4 at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.
At Sancho Recreation Ground: South-East 145/5 (37 overs) (Cephas Cooper 81 no, Rick Lobin 20, Avinash Mahabirsingh 17, Tyrel Job 3/30, Andel Nicholas 1/19) and 118/9 (41 overs) (Cooper 35, Brandon Maraj 22, Michael Ambard 4/22, Sameer Ali 2/32, Job 2/11) vs North 69/7 (37 overs) (Job 16 no, Ambard 10, Avinash Roopnarine 3/20, Justin Gangoo 3/21) and North 127/6 (Narvin Bedasie 47 no, Kevon Surzano 22, Roopnarine 1/21, Mahabirsingh 1/15, Gangoo 1/24) South-East won by 67 runs
At Bamboo Recreation Ground: East 167 (37th over) (Kirstan Kallicharan 86, Ronaldo Forrester 17, Nathaniel McDavid 13, Kyle Madoo 5/31, Brandon Ali 2/2) and 202/8 (42 overs) (Kallicharan 70, McDavid 44, Ali 3/25, Rupdeen Sookdeo 2/18) vs Central 89 (27th over) (Brandon Ali 39, Matthew Patrick 19, Kallicharan 4/20, McDavid 4/32) and 141 (39.4 overs) (Crystian Thurton 83, McDavid 4/38, Kareem Muradali 3/15, Tishawn Ali 2/20) East won by 141 runs