Brilliant Jawahir leads Upper West Berbice to five wickets victory over Lower West Berbice
Jumbo Jet Auto Sales West Berbice Under-23, 2-Day match…
The Berbice Cricket Board as part of its efforts to improve the standard of cricket in the area, last weekend organised a two days cricket match for Under-23 players from there at the Blairmont Community Centre. Upper West Berbice defeated their Lower West Berbice counterparts by five wickets to clinch the Jumbo Jets Auto Sales Trophy.
Batting first after winning the toss, Lower West Berbice were bowled out for 132 with Keon Gravesande topscoring with an attractive 42 (5×4) and received support from Keon Fraser 34 (3×4) and R. Gossai 12. Bowling for Upper West Berbice, promising leg spinner Kevon Jawahir claimed 6 wickets for 43 runs from 17 overs, while left arm spinner Wagar Hassan took 2 for 32 from 8 overs.
In response, the host made 169 all out in 56 overs with skipper Deveshwari Prashad topscoring with 45 (2×4), Derick Narine Lalsa Jnr 17 and Abdool Subhan 21. Medium pacer Keyron Fraser was impressive claiming 5 wickets for 43 runs from 13 overs and Kris Ramnarine 3 for 40.
Batting a second time with a first innings deficit of 37, the visitors were bowled out for 120 in their second innings with only Ravi Gossai 39 (3×4), Azib Khan 26 and Quacy McPherson 24 offering resistance to the bowling of Jawahir who took 3 for 39 to end with match figures of 9 for 82. Wagar Hussain supported with 4 for 40 from 14 overs.
Needing to score 83 runs for victory in a maximum of 15 overs to claim an outright victory, Upper West Berbice reached 85 for 5 with five balls remaining. Aviskar Sewkarran was unbeaten on 30, while Nick Ramsaroop supported with 20. Keyron Fraser took 2 wickets for 16 for the Lower West Berbice Team.
Public Relations Officer of the Berbice Cricket Board and Special Events Committee Chairman, Hilbert Foster, at the presentation ceremony, expressed gratitude to the Management of Jumbo Jet Auto Sales for sponsoring the match at the cost of $50,000. The two-day match was organised by the Berbice Cricket Board as part of its countywide effort to get young cricketers to play the longer version of the game and Foster praised the young cricketers for their commitment, passion and discipline.
He committed the Berbice Cricket Board to invest even more in West Berbice Cricket and urged the players to work hard at developing their personal game as 2013 promises to be an exciting one in Berbice Cricket.
The Berbice Cricket Board would like to express its disappointment that five cricketers selected from the Young Achievers Club to play in the Lower West Berbice Team, did not turn up for the match while no excuses were submitted. Disciplinary actions would be taken against the players very shortly.