BERBICE Educational Institute (BEI) held their nerves to record a tense two-wicket victory over New Amsterdam Secondary School (NASS) in the New Amsterdam/Canje zone final of the 2016 edition of the Guyana Cricket Board, National Secondary Schools Cricket League.The final, which was played recently at Cumberland ground, saw NASS bundle out for a mere 94 runs in just 27 overs after they were inserted by BEI.Nicholas Haywood was the only batsman to offer any resistance, with a top score of 24. Pacer Geevan Shultzs was the pick of the bowlers for BEI, with 3-15 off six overs. Randy Ramnauth also had a 3-wicket haul to finish with 3-16.BEI in response required a match-winning ninth-wicket partnership of 20 to get them across the line in the 27th over.Andrew Southwell and Isiah Anderson came together with the team precariously placed at 68-8, and batted sensibly, with Southwell ending unbeaten on 24.Haywood (2-21) and Steffon Peters (2-19) were the best bowlers in a losing effort.BEI now join an elite group of Zone winners and will be eagerly awaiting the resumption of the League, which is scheduled for early January 2017.
With three of the key Hunters players – Justin Olam, Bland Abavu and Adex Wera – suspended following a video review after last week’s game against the Townsville Blackhawks, Hunters coach Michael Marum added Wartovo Puara Jnr, Adam Korave and Nixon Borana in backing the team.Meanwhile, the Pride are playing for exactly that and have shown plenty in their last three matches with wins over Burleigh and Tweed, as well as a narrow 22-20 loss to the Blackhawks.Coach Marum is still impressed with the team despite last week’s loss to the Blackhawks, however, they have won the Round 13 clash 22-6 over the Pride and they look confident.The Hunters are looking to win this away match against the tenth-placed Northern Pride at the Barlow Park on Sunday.This weekend’s team includes;1. Stargroth Amean 2. Butler Morris 3. Noel Zeming (c) 4. Edward Goma 5. Philimon Kimisive 6. Ase Boas 7. Watson Boas 8. Enock Maki 9. Warren Glare 10. Esau Siune 11. Timothy Lomai 12. Ishamel Baikawa 13. Brandy Peter 14. Gahuna Silas 15. Adam Korave (c) 16. Benjamin Hetra 17. Nickson Borana 18. Wartovo Puara Jnr 19. Atte Bina Wabo.