The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club’s 20th Anniversary Busta Champion of Champions cricket tournament bowled off on Saturday last with four first round matches at venues across the Ancient County of Berbice.
Defending champions Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets (RHTG&G) almost got their 20th Anniversary mood disrupted by a youthful and determined Bermine team; it took a masterful partnership between Berbice ‘A’ selectee Troy Mathieson and National Under-15 Captain Shawn Perreira to lead RHTG&G into the semifinals.
Port Mourant Karibee Rice, West Berbice and Young Warriors also reached the semis after recording first round wins. All the matches were affected by heavy overnight rain but were well supported by the cricketing public.
At the area ‘H’ Ground, the match was reduced to 30 overs with the home team inviting Bermine to take first strike. Led by 37 from skipper Eugene la Fleur, 31 from his brother Joemal and 30 from Devon Clements (3 x 6), Bermine reached a solid 148-9.
Bowling for RHT Gizmos & Gadgets, Shawn Pereira took 2-12 from 4 overs while Renwick Batson and Damon Vantull had 2-17 and 2-37 respectively from 6 overs each. In reply a depleted home team missing its three national players found themselves in trouble at 117-7 in the 18th over before 20 year-old Troy Mathieson and 14 year-old Shawn Pereira came together with their team requiring 32 off 15 balls.
Mathieson scored 27 off 9 balls (3 sixes) while the level headed Perreira was left not out on 16 as RHT Gizmos & Gadgets ended on 149-7 in 19.3 overs to win by 3 wickets. Bowling for Bermine, Joemal La Fleur collected 2-37.
At the Port Mourant Ground, it took the last pair of Bisham Deolall and Yogindra Harrinarine to score the 14 needed for victory for Port Mourant over underdogs Police Sports Club.
Police batting first were dismissed for 126 in 29.3 of their allotted 45 overs with Cylus Gibson 22, Albert Sinclair 18 and Michael Newland 16 being the principal scorers.
Rajiv Ivan 3-20 and Shameer Khan 3-36 were the main wicket takers for Port Mourant who in reply found themselves in deep trouble at 29-5 in the 8th over. Skipper Steven Latcha with 32, Rajendra Bolo 14 and Chandrashelaz Arjune 13 all batted well to take Port Mourant to 113-9 when Deolall 11* and Harrinarine 3* joined forces to take their team to victory.
Pacers Kellon Henry 3-36 and Michael Newland 2-23 bowled well for Police and received support from off spinner Andre Doris 2-20 from 8 overs each but their efforts were in vain.
West Berbice secured an easy 121 run win over Blairmont at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground.
In a match reduced to 45 overs, West Berbice rattled up an imposing 216-7; former Berbice opener Artley Bailey leading with 58, Krisendat Ramoo 27 and Kwesi Mentore being top scorers while Nedesh Basdeo 3-48 and Waqar Hassan 2-30 from 9 overs each bowled well for the home team.
In reply Blairmont were shot out for a meager 95 in 36.1 overs; Basdeo 21 and Romain Boodram 15 the two batters to offer any resistance. Off spinner Ramoo 2-11 and Pacer Keon Joseph 2-24 did most of the damage with the ball.
In the final first round match at the Cumberland Ground in Canje, Young Warriors defeated Rose Hall Canje by 81 runs. Young Warriors led by Ishwar Singh 38 (5 x4), Shimron Hetmyer and Balram Samaroo 31 each and Seon Hetmyer 20 were bowled out for 175 in 42 of their allotted 43 overs. The main bowlers for Rose Hall Canje were Raid Ally 3-15 and Vishal Mohabir 3-36.
The visitors in reply were shot out for 94 with only Videsh Singh 16 offering any form of resistance to left arm pacer Devindra Ramoutar 3-31, Balram Samaroo 2-8 and Amir Rahaman 2-20.
Hilbert Foster, Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club organisers of the tournament at a brief opening ceremony stated that this year’s edition of the Busta Champion of Champions was the 7th of its kind and was also one of the activities to commemorate the club’s 20th Anniversary.
Foster called on the Clubs involved in the tournament to play in the game’s tradition of discipline, team spirit and unity and of the highest standard.
He also expressed gratitude to the Guyana Beverage Company for its continued investment into Berbice’s cricket while noting that the tournament was always well supported in Berbice and is one of the best organised in Guyana.
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