NBS/BCB 2nd div. 40 overs final…RHT Bakewell cruise past Albion to clinch title
The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club domination of cricket in the Ancient County continued on Saturday last when they defeated arch rivals Albion by 45 runs to clinch the New Building Society/Berbice Cricket Board 40 overs 2nd division cricket title. Playing in front of fair size crowd at the Area “H” Ground, the home team was led to victory by an attractive innings of 48 by the experienced Jason Sinclair and a fine bowling spell by off spinner Eon Hooper.
Batting first after winning the toss, Rose Hall Town Bakewell was given a opening partnership of 39 in ten overs by veteran Michael Hicks and Berbice Under-17 player Devin Baldeo before Baldeo was trapped LBW by off spinner Sharaz Ramcharran for 5; Hicks was then caught off Veerapen Permaul for 31 to leave Rose Hall Town Bakewell at 39 for 2 in the 11 overs.
No. 3 batsman Jason Sinclair and national youth player Arif Chan teamed up but not for long as Chan was caught at mid on off left arm spinner L. Bishram for 7. Sinclair contributed an attractive 48 (3×4 2×6), Nicholas Cameron hit 26 (2×4) and Jamal Jarvis 28 (2×4 2×6) their contributions guiding the home team to 180 for 9 off their allotted 40 overs.
Bowling for Albion off spinner Sharaz Ramcharran claimed 3 for 27 runs off 8 overs, David Latchaya 2 for 29 from 7 while skipper Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai bowled well to end with figures of 1 for 28 from 8.
Albion, needing to score 181 in 40 overs to win the tournament lost national Under-19 opener Kandasammy Surujnarine LBW to Eon Hooper off the first ball of the second over for 2 to be 2 for 1. Opener Balchan Baldeo and Veerapen Permaul then struggled to add twelve runs in seven overs as Hooper and medium pacer Jamal Jarvis bowled well.
A frustrated Baldeo was then brilliantly stumped by Jason Sinclair off Hooper for a patient 3 at 14 for 2 in the eight over. Excellent support bowling by Ingram Dey, Ravi Narine, Arif Chan and Shailendra Shameer in the middle overs resulted in Albion falling far below the run rate and despite the effort of Sharaz Ramcharran 36, Veerapen Permaul 21, Latchman Bishram 24* and Satesh Dwarka 15, the visitors were limited to 135 for 8 off their allotted 40 overs.
Hooper ended with the remarkable bowling figures of 8-3-13-3 and was backed up well by skipper Ravi Narine 7-2-31-2 while Shameer and Chan took a wicket a piece. Wicket keeper Sinclair had a satisfying day featuring in two stumpings and one run out.
At the presentation ceremony Public Relations Officer of the Berbice Cricket Board Hilbert Foster noted that the tournament was highly successful proudly stating that it was the biggest organised tournament in the West Indies with over 110 teams taking part.
Foster described the Berbice season as the busiest in the Caribbean with cricket being played at the Under-13, 15, 17, 19, 21, Second Division, Intermediate, Female, School and First Division levels along with Inter Zones tournaments.
Foster, who also cheers the BCB’s Special Events Committee expressed gratitude to the management and staff of the New Building Society Limited informing that the Board was grateful for the Bank’s investment in the development of the game in Berbice.
Manager of the NBS Rose Hall Town Branch Rana Persaud congratulated the BCB on organising an excellent tournament and pledged the Banks continued assistance. Persaud expressed his satisfaction on the standard of play in the final and the entire tournament while calling on the players to remain focus and disciplined.
Regional Manager of the NBS Berbice Branches, Anil Beharry who is also the BCB Treasurer, spoke on the importance of sports as a safe alternative for youths from a life on the road and also as an avenue to better understanding in communities.
NBS, Beharry noted would continue to invest in youth and sports development. Rose Hall Town Bakewell received $60,000 and the NBS trophy; Albion collected $30,000 while the man-of-the-final Jason Sinclair received $5,000 and a trophy.
Each of the Inter Zone winners received $5,000 while several prizes were shared out for individual performances at the Inter Zone levels.