Deonarine, Motie lead Albion to its ninth title
Albion win 12th Annual Balram Shane Memorial cricket match…
A magnificent all round performance by West Indies Player Narsingh Deonarine was the catalysis for defending champion Albion Community Centre Cricket Club’s convincing victory over arch rivals Port Mourant Cricket Club in the Annual Balram Shane Memorial cricket match, which was played on Sunday at the Albion Community Centre ground in front of an appreciative audience.
Albion won the match by 30 runs in the 50 overs game. The win by Albion was their ninth in the 12th year of the competition.
Deonarine blasted 106 after his team lost the toss and was asked to take first strike on a flat track to compile a challenging 229 for 7 from their allotted 50 overs after being tottering at one stage at 31 for 3. Deonarine and Doodnauth Lallbeharry 31 then put together 66 runs for the 4th wicket before Andy Mohan chimed in with 39. Bowling for Port Mourant Shameer Khan finished with 3 wickets.
Port Mourant in their turn at the wicket were restricted to 199/8 from their allotted overs with two former Albion Players Shastri Persaud 56 and Harrinarine Chattergoon 28 being the main run getters.
Bowling for Albion the pint size left arm spinner Gudakesh Motie Kanhai was the leading wicket taker with 4 wickets, while Deonarine returned with the ball to pick up 3, with Lallbeharry snaring 2. At the closing ceremony organizer Mr. Deonarine Balram of the Balram Shane General Store at Rose Hall Corentyne, thanked both clubs and donors for their participation and urged both teams to do well in the future.
Narsingh Deonarine received the man-of-the-match award along with the accolade for being the best batsman on show, while teammate Motie Kanhai received the prize for being the best bowler on show.
The Balram Shane Memorial match is played annually between the two teams in memory of Balram Shane a former cricketer and ardent cricket fan who hailed from the area. The rivalry started in 1998 and is in its 12th year and is used as a fund raising venture for both clubs and some other second division teams and other sporting organisations.
Over $500,000 will be split between the two clubs and other organisations.