Albion go down to RHTWSB by 29 runs in Berbice final
…Despite destructive 72 from Foo
By Sean Devers in Berbice
In association with Michelle Playter’s
A masterful 72 from National under-19 player Jonathon Foo failed to prevent Albion from losing by 29 runs to Rose Hall Town Windies Sports Bar (RHTWSB) yesterday in Canje in the Berbice zone Final of the National Neal & Massy National 40-overs first division competition.
RHTWSB will now play Essequibo champions North Essequibo in the National semi-finals on October 7 in Essequibo, while Albion will battle the Demerara winner in Berbice on the same day.
Asked to bat in sweltering heat on a slow pitch and slow outfield, RHTWSB recovered from 31-3 to reach 191-6 off their allotted 40 overs before Albion, who beat RHTWSB in the Preliminary round of the competition and the Telenec Berbice 50-over final last month, replied with 162 in 36 off 36.1 overs as 26-year-old left arm spinner Ravi Narine picked up 4 wickets including both of the Test players in the Albion side.
A small crowd, which included former Berbice, Guyana and West test left-hander Leonard Baichan, watched as Albion opened the bowling with the spin of Ranga Latchana and West Indies Test player Sewnarine Chattergoon and leg-spinner Chattergoon struck in the 7th over when he bowled Jason Sinclair for 7.
Off-spinner Latchana then removed Renrick Batson (11) at 24-2 before National leg-spinner Davendra Bishoo had Berbice Keeper Delbert Hicks caught at mid-wicket for 5 as RHTWSB slipped to 31-3.
In-form National left-hander Assad Fudadin and Khemraj Mahadeo joined forces to repair the damage with a 75-run 4th wicket partnership with entertaining stroke-play against the 6-prong Albion spin attack before Fudadin lofted West Indies player Narsingh Deonarine to long-on in the 31st over to leave the score on 115-4. Fudadin reached the boundary 4 times before falling 7 short of his half-century.
Deonarine struck again 7 runs later when he trapped Mahadeo LBW for a cameo 38 with 4 fours and a massive six to leave RHTWSB on 121-5. It was soon 123-6 when Deonarine had Narine (1) caught at long-on in the 33rd over and the Albion supporters would have been expecting a total under 150 for their team to chase at that stage.
However, the big-hitting Guyana fast bowler Esuan Crandon took the attack to the Albion bowlers, especially Deonarine who finished with 3-60 from 7 overs, to help push RHTWSB close to the 200 mark.
The left-handed Crandon smashed 3 sixes and a four in an explosive unbeaten 47 and along with teenager Eon Hooper who hit a six and a four in his unbeaten 17, added 72 in the last 7 overs in their unfinished 72-run 7th wicket partnership.
This was after Chattergoon (7-0-31-1), Bishoo (8-2-18-1) and Latchana (8-1-21-1) had kept the top order in check with economical bowling before Crandon’s late innings onslaught.
When Albion began their reply the Chattergoon siblings (Sewnarine and Harrinarine) saw their team to 15-0 off 6 overs by lunch with steady batting as RHTWSB began their attack with the pace of Crandon and the off-spin of Hooper.
After the interval, Narine struck in his first over when he had Sewnarine (15) stumped in the 9th over with the score on 21. The left-handed Chattergoon had survived a very confident caught behind appeal off the previous ball.
Six runs later the 17-year-old Harrinarine Chattergoon, a former Guyana under-15 captain, was well taken at mid-on for 5 as pacer Michael Cummings, who replaced Crandon, made the break-through.
The highly talented Deonarine, fresh from his century for Berbice last week in Georgetown was joined by the potentially destructive Foo and the pair steadied the ship with positive batting. Deonarine pulled Cummings over wide mid-on for four and then elegantly flicked Narine for four before he cut at a wide ball from the spinner and was caught behind for 15 as RHTWSB struck a crucial blow at 41-3 in the 13th over.
Latchana joined Foo who square-drove Narine for a scorching boundary before the burly Narine held a stinging return catch to get rid of Latchana (5) at 55-4 to put RHTWBS on top.
Guyana left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (1) was then LBW to Narine as Albion slumped to 58-5.
Foo played an array of scintillating shots and along with Bishoo revived hopes with a 34-run partnership, highlighted by aggressive running between the wickets before Bishoo (4) edged Hooper to the Keeper at 92-6. Foo continued to bat well but once Doodnauth Lallbeharry (4) was caught behind off Hooper at 98-7 after sweeping the previous delivery for four, the writing seemed to be was on the wall for Albion.
Foo, however, was not prepared to go down without a fight and smashed Hooper for 4 to reach his 50 and then celebrated with a huge straight six in the same over.
Skipper Orvin Mangru (10) supported the pugnacious Foo in a 54-run 8th wicket stand and when Mangru was neatly stumped by Hicks off a leg-side wide at 152-8 in the 33rd over, the game was still in the balance. Foo was then taken in the deep off Fudadin at 154-9 after the teenager had hit 5 fours and 2 sixes from 48 balls. Andy Mohan (4) then fell to Cummings to end the contest and give RHTWSB the Berbice title.
Narine finished with 4-31 while Hooper (2-30) and Cummings (2-31) also bowled well.
Meanwhile, Essequibo named their team for the one-day El Dorado Inter County 50 overs match against Demerara at the Anna Regina ground this week.
The squad is – Ramesh Narine (Captain), Norman Fredericks, Mahendra Boodram, Yogeshwar Lall, Royden Fredericks, Geewan Singh (WK), Delon Heyliger, Narvin Bahadur, Andrew Williams, Anthony Andrews, Ryan Hercules, Trevon Garraway, Trevor Benn.
Standbys: Brian Hubert, Nazeer Mohamed, Latchman Rohit.
The squad will have an all-day practice session on Tuesday at the Queenstown ground.