RHTWSB face-off with Albion today at Canje
By Sean Devers
The winner of the Berbice zone of the Neal & Massy National 50-overs 1st division cricket competition and the Berbice team to oppose the Essequibo winner will be known this afternoon after Albion and Rose Hall Town Windies Sports Bar (RHTWSB) will clash in the Berbice final of the competition from 11:00hrs today at the Rose Hall Community Centre ground Canje.
RHTWSB will be out to avenge their only loss in the preliminary matches when they went down to Albion to finish as Zone ‘B’ runners-up while Albion will be out to make it 2 from 2 in the competition.
Today’s losers will face the Demerara zone winner in Berbice on Wednesday October 7 while the winner will face the Essequibo champion in Essequibo on the same day.
RHTWSB got past dethroned National Champions Young Warriors at Cumberland while Albion beat Bermine at Albion in the Berbice semi-finals last Sunday and a pulsating affair is anticipated today in the all-Corentyne final.
Test left-handers Sewnarine Chattergoon and Narsingh Deonarine will spearhead a strong Albion batting and if former National under-15 Captain Harrinarine Chattergoon is allowed to get off to a flying start and his brother bats through the innings, the RHTWSB bowlers could be in for a tough day.
Ranga Latchana, the explosive National under-19 batsman Jonathon Foo and the First-Class spin pair of Veerasammy Permaul and Davendra Bishoo can all contribute with the bat at this level, especially on what is expected to be a flat Canje track. With National batsman Assad Fudadin, Delbert Hicks, Renrick Batson, Eon Hooper, Khemraj Mahadeo, Terrence Madramootoo and the versatile Esuan Crandon in their line-up, RHTWSB also has plenty of batting firepower and a high-scoring final could be anticipated.
Although Albion have pacer Doodnauth Lallbeharry in their side, they could bank on their spinners Deonarine, Permaul, Bishoo, Sewnarine Chattergoon and former Guyana under-19 off-spinner Orvin Mangru to limit RHTWSB.
The RHWSB attack is more balanced with Crandon and Michael Cummings expected to share the new ball and Madramootoo, Hooper and Ravi Narine lending spin support.
On the road to the Berbice semi-finals, Albion got the better of RHTWSB, Scotsburg United, Port Mourant and Upper Corentyne while their only loss was to Skeldon.
RHTWSB beat Scotsburg United, P/Mourant, U/Corentyne and Skeldon while Albion was the only team to spoil their winning streak.
Dhierdanidranauth Samaroo and Clement Brush, two of the leading Umpires in the country, will be the on-field officials today and admission to the ground is $200.