NAMILCO/Bakewell T20 KO Guytrac Upper Corentyne & RHT Gizmos & Gadgets advance
The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB)/NAMILCO/Bakewell Twenty20 cricket tournament bowled off on Saturday last with Guytrac Upper Corentyne and Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets recording victories to advance to the next round.
Playing at the No. 69 Ground in the first match of a double header, Guytrac Upper Corentyne defeated Edinburgh by 17 runs while Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets crushed Skeldon by 68 runs.
Guytrac Upper Corentyne batting first after the match was reduced to fifteen overs due to extra moisture in the pitch, raced to twenty without loss in the third over before opener Farazz Mohamed was bowled by Deonarine Seepersaud for 19 (4×4). Next out was Neeam Yacoob at 40 for 2 after Seepersaud trapped him LBW for 8 in the fifth over. Permashwar Chatterpaul 21 and Satruhan Singh 14 batted well as Upper Corentyne was dismissed for 115 off the last ball of their allotted fifteen overs.
Shafiq Khan took 3 for 21, Raid Ally 3 for 23 and Deonarine Seepersaud 2 for 14. Needing to score 116 in 15 overs to record an upset victory, Edinburgh lost opener Shawn Baksh caught off the bowling of L. Latchman for 12.
Shafiq Khan and Raid Ally then added 30 for next wicket before Khan was dismissed by O. Khemraj for 15 and Ally for 12. Geraish De Gees (27) with two massive sixes and a boundary was the only other batsman to reach double figure as left arm spinner Neeam Yacoob spun webs around the Edinburgh batsmen to claim 5 for 12 and was well supported by Latchman who took 2 for 15 off his three overs.
In the second match, Rose Hall Town Gismos & Gadgets won the toss and without hesitation batted first watched by a large and colourful crowd. Openers Dominique Rikhi and Clinton Pestano blasted their way to 53 runs off 5.2 overs before Rikhi was stumped off the bowling of former Guyana Under-15 offspinner Parmanand Narine for a well played 31 (6×4).
Renwick Batson was bowled by Narine for 01 at 60 for 2 in the 7th over. Pestano and West Indies ODI batsman Royston Crandon added 26 for the 3rd wicket in four overs before Pestano was brilliantly caught on the deep mid wicket boundary by Narine off the bowling of Deon Esau for 33 (4×4 1×6).
Crandon then played a captain’s knock of 68 not out as Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets blasted their way to 179 for 6 off their allotted 20 overs. Jason Sinclair and Rajiv Ivan supported Crandon with 15 runs each.
Crandon blasted three boundaries and five massive sixes including three off successive balls from off spinner Sherwin Murray in the 19th over which cost 22 runs. Parmanand Narine with 3 for 27 was the leading bowler for Skeldon.
In reply, Skeldon were restricted 111 for 5 off 20 overs as the Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets bowlers kept them under control throughout the innings. Openers Ryan Ramdass was dismissed for 02 in the first over by pacer Clinton Pestano at 4 for 6. Viendra Gooniah and Colin France then laboured to add 23 from six overs as Pestano and fellow pacer Keon Sinclair bowled with genuine pace.
France was caught at the wicket off Sinclair for 10 (16 balls) at 27 for 2 and then Parmanand Narine 01 was well caught by Dominique Rikhi off Pestano as Skeldon found themselves 32 for 3. Skipper Sherwin Murray was then bowled by veteran left arm spinner Ravi Narine for nought at 44 for 5. Darshanand Chantar then struggled for 08 off 15 balls before off spinner Khemraj Mahadeo bowled him at 55 for 5 in the 13th over.
Opener Gooniah and Gajendra Nauth then batted out the overs as Skeldon ended on 111 for 5 to lose by 68 runs. Both Gooniah (43 balls) and Nauth (28 balls) ended on 40 not out with Gooniah hitting four boundaries and Nauth three boundaries and two sixes.
Pestano took two wickets for 16 runs while Narine 1 for 9, Mahadeo 1 for 8 and Sinclair 1 for 16 were the other wicket takers for Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets.
Guytrac Upper Corentyne has advanced to the quarterfinals where they will play the winner of Bermine vs Port Mourant match. Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets are into the semifinals after drawing the bye in the next round.
The winner of this tournament will pocket $200,000 and a trophy and the runner up $100,000.