Tri State NY under-15 tour culminates in Rai’s watery climax, Bolisetty, Srivastava are outstanding tourist performers
By Sean Devers
Kaieteur News – The young players of the Linden Fraser Coached New York team arrived at Tri State U-15 Guyana on March 28, during the Covid-19 pandemic, with high expectations of a competitive and fruitful trip that included 11 games over two weeks.
The Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) hosted the young lads and their parents and was warned to adhere to the Covid-19 regulations and receive very high marks for the responsibility they had shown.
However, the bad weather ruined the trip; washed four of their scheduled games and badly affected the other two games that ended in no results.
After rain in the City washed away their first two games, Coach Fraser, former Berbice and Guyana regulator, called Berbice Cricket Board President Hilbert Foster, and organized a hastily organized match at Albion in East Berbice.
President Berbice’s X1 won but the talent of left-arm spinner Ansh Rai who bowled with perfect control to finish with 3-24 and backed by Anivadh Bolisety, a 13-year-old fast bowler, won 2-18.
The visitors’ batting was led by a skilful 20 by outfielder Shutter Nayan Elammurugah. Nayan was invited to the US National Under-19 Trials and had to leave to return home on April 2 for the trials.
The next match was a MYO in which the USA team opposed GCC and Rivaldo Phillips of GCC’s 102 explosions were the highlight of the game which ended in no result after the tourists reached 35-2 chasing 189 when rain brought ‘ the game is over.
At Everest, Bolisetty’s unbeaten 52 led NY State U-15s to a 91 victory against the GCA under-17 team.
At Bourda, Transport Sports Club (TSC) made 155 all out in 42.3 overs as Myhiem Khan scored at the top with 33.
Pacer had Arya Gorg 2-12, left-arm sailor Ali Virk 2-22 and Utkarsh Srivastava 2-25 were the leading bowlers for the NY Tri State team who were dismantled at 79 despite 24 by Shipper Nayan and Tanish Dongre who made 20 offers no fight.
A penetrating period of fast bowling by Arya Gorg (3-31) and a 51 run stand between Shwethan Saharsh and Utkarsh Srivastava powered the New York Tri State U-15s to a comprehensive seven wicket victory over Denbighshire under lights in their fifth. game on their journey Guyana.
At MYO, Man-of-the-match Ansh Rai, who trailed 7-22 with his left arm spin, befuddled the MYO U-15 side and skitted it out for a paltry 46 in just 13 overs.
Bolisetty backed out with 2-10 after making 40 with the bat to the Americans who had made 141-6 earlier.
In MYO, in their last match, a first two-day match played with red ball and white clothing, Srivastava (6-23) and Bolisetty (4-34) fired Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) X1 Operators at 102 before it arrived in NY Three State U-15s 78-3 at the end of day one after losing Nikhil Mudaliar (6), Srivastava (23) and Bolisetty who hammered three fours and two sixes at 28, while Tanish Dongre unbeaten on 13 .The entire last day was washed out on Friday.
Apart from Rai, Bolisetty and Srivastava, Dongre, Gorg and Virk also looked promising.
Speaking from the Princess Hotel in Providence where the team is staying, Coach Fraser, who played for First Class games including one for Guyana in the 1984 Shell Shield tournament, briefly commented on the tour after the day last to be washed.
“It was great to be playing, the kids enjoyed every game and the games we’ve played have given us a lot to improve our game. We are extremely disappointed that some of our games were not played due to the weather, ”said Fraser.
Rai scored 13 wickets and Bolisetty made 132 runs. Bolisetty was also the best rounder. Asked what the young people learned from this tour, Fraser stated, “Above all, they are treated as professional cricketers in all fields, we let them see what it would be like to play on the highest levels. Playing on different surfaces was a learning experience. ”