Defending champs RHT Pepsi defeat Tucber Park; Albion crush Port Mourant
Defending Champions Rose Hall Town Pepsi (RHTP) held their nerves on Saturday last to defeat Tucber Park by 15 runs in the semi final of the 2010 Spready’s Bakery Under-19 Inter Club 50 overs tournament organised by the Berbice Cricket Board.
Going after their third title the home team, urged on by a large crowd at the Area ‘H’ Ground was led to victory by the spin trio of Dominic Rikhi, Captain, Lloydel Lewis and Shawn Pereira.
After winning the toss and batting first, RHTP received a solid start of 35 by Dominic Rikhi and Hemant Kalloo in 6.3 overs before Kalloo was caught and bowled by off spinner Joemal La Fleur for 7.
Rikhi and national Under-15 player Parmanand Narine then featured in a crucial 49 run 3rd wicket stand before Rikhi in a rush of blood threw his wicket away, caught on the midwicket boundary off left arm spinner Charles Sulker for a well played 47 (4×4, 1×6). Sulker also dismissed Narine at 87 for 3 in the 19th over for 20.
Solid contributions from Shawn Pereira 22 and Lloydel Lewis 21eventually led RHTP to 151 all out in 43 overs as the last four wickets fell for just 6 runs. Bowling for Tucber Park, Sulker claimed 3 for 16 off 10 overs and Kelvin Leitch 3 for 28 off 8.
Needing to score 152 off their allotted 50 overs, the visitors were rocked by a double blow from off spinner Lewis who dismissed T. Bynoe (6) and the experienced Jamally Odle for 00 to leave them at 20 for 2 in the 7th over.
The aggressive Tregon Henry was then brilliantly caught and bowled by Dominic Rikhi for 23 at 32 for 3 but a solid 4th wicket stand of 53 between La Fleur and the exciting Romario De Jonge brought Tucber Park back on track before leg spinner Shawn Pereira held a stinging return catch to dismiss La Fleur for 42, an innings that was decorated by 8 boundaries.
Kevin Leitch was then smartly taken by a diving George Hughes at square leg off Lenny Sanichar for 5 as the visitors stumbled to 90 for 5 in 27 overs. An aggressive Andel De Jonge was then stumped by Vidal Crandon off Pereira for 7 at 107 for 6 but Romario De Jonge single handily fought to keep his team in the game before being the last man dismissed for a polished 40; Tucber Park bowled out for 136 in 40.3 overs. Rikhi took 2 for 28 from 9.2, Lewis 3 for 17 from 8 and Pereira 4 for 42 from 10.
Rose Hall Town Pepsi would play the winner of the other semi final between
Albion/Port Mourant in the final.
Albion crushes Port Mourant
A fine all round performance from Albion and national Under-19 player Harrinarine Chattergoon led his team to an easy 128 run win over arch rivals Port Mourant in the second semifinal. Playing on Saturday at the Albion Community Centre Ground, the highly talented Chattergoon stroked an attractive 36 and then returned with the ball to claim 4 for 11 runs with his off spin.
Batting first after winning the toss, Albion reached 192 for 9 off their allotted 50 overs after being 154 for 3 in the 41st over. Openers Chattergoon and Kandasammy Surujnarine had given them a solid start with an opening partnership of 73 before the former was trapped LBW by off spinner Sasenarine Ernest.
Useful contribution from Surujnarine 60 (5×4) and Veerapen Permaul 53 (4×4, 1×6) led Albion to their formable final score as they lost wickets in the last seven overs in their bid to up the scoring rate. Bowling for Port Mourant, Ernest claimed 3 for 30 runs from 10 overs and Bhojnarine Persaud 2 for 24 from 10.
In reply, Port Mourant had no answer for the home team’s all spin bowling attack and tight fielding performance. They lost opener Joshua Ramsammy bowled by David Latchiya at 12 for 1 in the 4th over and never recovered as they were shot out for 64 in 34. Only opener Mahendra Veerasammy reached double figures; 17 (2×4). Supporting Chattergoon with the ball was national Under-15 left arm spinner Gudakesh Motie with figures of 4 for 13. Albion will face defending champions Rose Hall Town Pepsi in the finals on Sunday.