New Amsterdam/Canje win inaugural Lennox Allicock Memorial Over-35 tribute match
New Amsterdam/Canje registered the first win in the Inaugural Lennox Allicock Over-35 20/20 Memorial cricket match when they defeated Lower Corentyne by 28-runs in the game which was played on Sunday last at the Port Mourant Cricket ground.
The New Amsterdam Canje win was due mainly to a fine all rounder performance by former Berbice all rounder Anil Beharry. The burly all-rounder, who still don his colours for the Young Warriors Cricket Club, rolled back the years with a fine performance with both the bat and ball to lead his team to the win. Former National player Andre Percival also had a good all round game, but in a losing cause playing for Lower Corentyne.
Batting first in the game which was reduced to a 15-over-a-side contest, New Amsterdam Canje reached 118 – with Beharry leading the way with the bat clobbering 26 of 14 deliveries which included two towering sixes. He got good support from Khemraj Sumair 19, Rudolph Baker 16 and Charles Sheppard 12.
Bowling for Lower Corentyne, Percival mixed it up well to end with 2 for 21 off 2 overs.
When Lower Corentyne took to the crease they were off to a brisk start with Percival 22 and Eon Gibson 16 putting on 36 for the first wicket off six overs before Percival went. After that there was not much resistance and at one time Lower Corentyne was tottering at 65 for 5 eventually reaching 90.
Beharry again was on top of his game with his left arm spin grabbing 3 for 14 off of his three overs, while former national all rounder Hubern Evans picked up 2 for 8.
At the end of the game each member of the winning team was presented with gold lined trophies. While the losers each received a trophy lined with Silver.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, organiser Godwin Allicock remembered his father as a good all-round sportsman. Allicock who died a year ago was a one-time all round sports personality and sports enthusiast who participated in a multiplicity of sports during his hay day including cricket, football, athletics, Table Tennis, bodybuilding and basketball among others. In his later years he was a part of many sporting organisations including Cricket, football and athletics and was described as an ardent sports fan, administrator, organizer and critic. He was an integral part of the once feared Port Mourant Cricket Club and was instrumental in them winning many national titles. He would have been 64-years on Sunday. (Samuel Whyte)