– Ramraj, Seepersaud spin Demerara to nine-wicket winBOTH the Select Under-15 and Demerara registered first round wins in the Rubis Bel Air U-17 Inter-County 50-over cricket tournament, which commenced yesterday.The Select Under-15 beat Essequibo by 45 runs at Enmore Community Center while Demerara whipped Berbice by nine wickets at the Georgetown Cricket Club groundThis years’ tournament is being played under the Rubis Bel Air brand and managed through Cricket Guyana Inc., following the High Court ruling last Wednesday whereby the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) was deemed illegal.The tournament was made possible through the personal contributions of Lalta Gainda, Nazimul Drepaul, Anand Sanasie, Rahaman Khan and Richard Jodah.Earlier, at Enmore, Mavendra Dindyal struck a fighting 104, and single-handedly dominated the inning. Despite been dropped four times, the right-hander effort with the bat has been instrumental in taking the Select Under-15 side to 188-7.Thereafter off-spinners Krsna Singh (4-26) and Alvin Mohabir (3-13), then created the damage, restricting the Essequibo side to 144 all out in 42.3 overs.However, it was the 14-year-old Dindyal, who stood firm at one end to ensure the challenging total.After opting to bat, the Under-15s were left gasping for breath, at 44-3 inside the first 15 overs. Medium pacer Sheldon Charles (2-19), removed both openers, Jadon Campbelle (2), and Rampertab Ramnauth (10) before Tameshwar Mahadeo was stumped off left-arm spinner Ryan Alkinson (2-39), without scoring.Off-spinners Krsna Singh at left (4-26) and Alvin Mohabir (3-13), created the damage in the run chase.However, the right-handed pair of Dindyal and Mohabir then manufactured a salvage operation after they had been thrust together. They added 67 runs for the fourth-wicket during which the Diamond Secondary School student, Dindyal reached his fifty and his side passed the 100-run mark.Soon after off-spinner Abdul Nadir (1-18), bowled Mohabir for 29 but Dindyal who was joined by Captain Zachary Jodah, combined for a fifth-wicket stand of 49 runs before the latter was run out for 13. Dindyal, who toured with the West Indies Under-15 team last year to England, then brought up his hundred with his ninth boundary, but the innings lost some momentum towards the end with a couple of wickets, including the centurion.In the run chase, Essequibo lost opener Nadir, leg before to Isai Thorne without scoring before Charles and Scouten added 30 runs for the second wicket. Matthew Pattaya then broke the stand with the wicket of Scouten for 14.At that point the right-handed Charles dominated a third-wicket stand with Azizi Christian worth 58 runs.But Singh and Mohabir wreaked the havoc thereafter including the wickets of Charles, who made 52 and Christian (24).Meanwhile, Berbice were routed for just 66 in 29.1 overs with left-arm spinner Chanderpaul Ramraj (4-7) and off-spinner Andre Seepersaud (3-6), did the damage. Only Captain Marvan Prashad (31), managed double figures.In reply, Demerara raced to the winning target, reaching 67-1 in 28 overs. Seepersaud mane an unbeaten 31 while Reynaldo Mohamed contributed 14 not out.The second round is billed for today with Essequibo playing Demerara at GCC while Berbice take on the Select Under-15 at Everest.The third and final round is scheduled for tomorrow. Berbice will clash with Essequibo at GCC while the Select Under-15 will oppose Demerara at Everest ground.