In what was a total team effort, West Berbice realized all of their hopes, registering a comfortable victory over Albion Community Centre to ease into the final of the 2013 Universal DVD First Division T20 Cricket Competition in Berbice. Taking full advantage of a weakened Albion team, missing four of their key players, in Narsingh Deonarine, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai and Devendra Bishoo, they beat them by 7 wickets.
In the semi-final game played on Saturday at Albion, West Berbice won the toss inserted Albion to take first strike. They opened the bowling with Guyana pacer, Keon Joseph, and medium pacer Keith Fraser who, in the second over, had the prized wicket of Sewnarine Chattergoon caught behind with just one run on the board.
Former Guyana under-19 batsman, Kandasammy Surujnarine and Berbice Under-17 batsman, Balchand Baldeo, repaired the damage somewhat by putting on 61 between them in 7.4 overs before Surujnarine fell to former test pacer, Brandon Bess for 41 made off 29 balls, which included 4 fours and 1 six.
After that, the bowlers kept a tight rein on the run scoring and at the same time picking up wickets. After former Guyana under-19 pacer Raun Johnson picked up Baldeo for 22 at 78 for 3 in the 13th over, the batsmen continued to struggle as off-spinner, Andrew Dutchin, took the prized wickets of Guyana wicketkeeper-batsman Anthony Bramble for 5 and former Guyana T20 batsman Jonathan Foo for 28 to leave them 109 for 5 after 17.5 overs. They were unable to capitalize on the remaining 13 deliveries losing 2 more wickets in the process to reach 123 for 7 off their 20 overs.
Bowling for West Berbice, Andrew Dutchin took 2 for 22 while there were one each for Joseph, Johnson, Fraser, Ramoo and Bess.
When West Berbice began their reply, former Berbice under-19 batsman Raffel Estriado and former Guyana under-19 batsman Sherwin McPherson gave them a brisk start before former Berbice under-19 off-spinner Veerapen Permaul removed Estriado for 20 with the score on 24 after 3.3 overs. Former Berbice batsman Artley Bailey came in and he and McPherson added another 21in the next 2.5 overs before McPherson fell to former Guyana all-rounder, Andre Percival, for 15 at 45 for 2.
Dutchin joined Bailey and with the latter doing the bulk of the scoring, they put on 42 for the third wicket in 7.2 overs before Bailey fell to left-arm spinner Avinash Wajib for 36, made off 34 deliveries, which included 3 fours and 2 sixes.
Fraser came in and he and Dutchin took West Berbice safely home to victory with 11 deliveries to spare at 127 for 3 in 18.1 overs to win by seven wickets with Fraser ending on 27 not out off 19 balls, which included 3 sixes and Dutchin 17 not out.
West Berbice will now meet the winner of the next semifinal between Berbice and Rose Hall Town.
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