A brilliant even century by national player Royston Crandon led Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets (RHTG&G) to a comfortable 74 run victory over West Berbice in their semifinal encounter of the 2010 Busta Champion of Champions tournament at the Albion Community Centre Cricket Ground on Sunday last.
In the other semifinal game, Young Warriors hammered home team Port Mourant by 70 runs and will face the defending champions in the final of the tournament organised by the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club and sponsored by the Guyana Beverage Company under its Busta Brand.
RHT Gizmos & gadgets were invited to bat by West Berbice after losing the toss. Openers Renwick Batson and Delbert Hicks added 23 for the first wicket before national pacer Keon Joseph had Batson caught at mid on for 6 and then removed Hicks – caught at midwicket for 16 at 31-2 in the 7th over.
The batting side found themselves in further trouble when off spinner Carlton Nurse bowled Jason Sinclair for 8 to leave them at 47-3 in the 13th over. Experienced national players Assad Fudadin and Royston Crandon then joined forces to add a crucial 70 for the fourth wicket before Fudadin 46 (4×4) was run out when off spinner Krisendat Ramoo guided the ball from a powerful straight drive into the non striker stumps with Fudadin out of his crease.
National all rounder Esuan Crandon joined his brother Royston after Berbice Under-19 player Clinton Pestano was caught off Ramoo for 3 at 119-5 in the 32nd over. The two Crandon brothers batted sensibly and added 107 runs in the 16 overs before Royston was bowled by Joseph for an even 100 at 226-6.
Royston stroked five boundaries and four mighty sixes while Esuan batted to the end with a polished 50 not out. RHTG&G ended on 248-6 off their allotted 50 overs. Joseph ended with 3-50 off 9 overs, Carlton Nurse and Ramoo ended with one wicket each.
West Berbice in reply had a solid opening partnership of 66 off 16 overs from Artley Bailey and Kwesi Mentore before national Under-15 captain Shawn Perreira dismissed Mentore for 22 and then off spinner Troy Mathieson bowled Bailey for a well played 35 at 73-2 in the 19th over. Wickets fell regularly for West Berbice as the RHT Gizmos & Gadgets bowlers never allowed them to score freely. Jamal Reynolds 32, Steffon Adams 17, and Keith Fraser 20 all batted well but were not able to dominate; off spinner Eon Hooper had figures of 9-2-27-4, Royston Crandon 2-27 from 5 overs and Perreira 2-40 off 10.
At the Port Mourant Ground, Young Warriors produced a brilliant all round performance to dispose of the hapless Port Mourant by 70 runs. Batting first Young Warriors openers, Richard Ramdeen and Maxie De Jonge added 92 in 21 overs before De Jonge gave his wicket away for 53 (1×6, 1×4) off the bowling of Rajendra Latcha.
Ramdeen was dismissed for 38 at 96-2 in the next over but Berbice ‘A’ player Seon Hetmyer (42) and Wajid Edwards (29) added 57 for the next wicket. Young Warriors lost their last 8 wickets for 72 runs to be dismissed for 225 in 49.1 overs.
Farouk Hussain (16) and Balram Samaroo (21) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures; off spinners Devindra Thakurdeen 5-40 off 10 overs and Rajendra Bolo 2-50 bowled well to restrict the visitors.
Port Mourant in reply were never in the hunt as they were unable to develop any meaningful partnership and were dismissed for 155 off 44 overs. Thakurdeen top scored with 22 while skipper Steven Latcha supported with 21, Andre Percival 19 and Tony Mc Kenzie 16.
Bowling for Young Warriors, off spinners Farouk Hussain claimed 4-38 (8 Overs) and Balram Samaroo 2-13 from 7 overs.
Young Warriors and RHT Gizmos & Gadgets would clash in the final on a date and venue to be announced by the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club.
Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that the organisers would set a suitable date in keeping with the availability of the national players. This he stated is to make sure that both teams are at full strength and to have a high class final that would be worthy of such a tournament.
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