By Sean Devers
Cellink Berbice continued to dominate local cricket by retaining their Carib/Pepsi T20 cricket title with a convincing 9-wicket win in this year’s final against the Rest team at the Guyana National Stadium just before mid night last Friday.
Man-of-the-Match Sewnarine Chattergoon stroked four fours and two sixes from 50 balls in an attractive unbeaten 61 as Berbice, replying to the Rest team’s 108-9 off their allotted 18 overs, coasted to 109-1 in 16.4 overs.
A fair sized crowd which braved intermittent rain on a gloomy evening, watched as the Rest team slumped from 49 without loss on a sluggish track and heavy outfield after they elected to bat first in the game which was reduced to an 18-over affair due to the adverse weather.
Shemroy Barrington came out with all guns blazing in a cameo 35 from 24 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes but only all-rounder Kellon Carmichael (18) and opener Maxie DeJonge (11) of the other batsmen reached double figures as rapidly improving leg-spinner Davendra Bishoo and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul had identical figures of 3-19 from 4 overs.
Royston Crandon took 2-22 while Narsingh Deonarine who ended unbeaten on a 30-ball 32 with the bat, had 1-14 to end as the competition’s leading wicket taker. He captured 9 scalps including a 5-wicket haul and a hat-trick for Berbice.
Once DeJonge was caught at deep mid-wicket off Permaul at 49-1 and Barrington was caught and bowled a run later, the Rest team’s innings went into decline as Trevon Griffith (4) was stumped off Royston Crandon at 54-3 and opener Andrew Lyght Junior, strangely asked to bat in the middle, was bowled by Bishoo for 5 at 61-4.
Skipper Gajanand Singh (6) was then taken at short cover off Bishoo at 71-5 and without addition to the score Dion Ferrier (4) was out ‘hit wicket’ off Permaul.
Vishaul Singh (8) was caught behind cutting at Bishoo and Anthony Bramble was caught and bowled by Permaul in the space of 2 runs as the Rest team, which beat both Demerara and Essequibo in the preliminary rounds, slumped to 83-8.
The talented Carmichael batted well towards the end to see his team to a three-figure total as Eugene LaFleur was left undefeated on 7.
Carmichael continued his fine work with the ball in the competition when he removed Richard Ramdeen (5) at 27-1 in the 5th over but Chattergoon who played several delightful shots and Deonarine saw Berbice, the only unbeaten team in the competition, to victory.
At the presentation after the Final, Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) President Chetram Singh congratulated Berbice and thanked the sponsors for their continued support while stressing the importance of the four-team competition which was used to select the Guyana squad for next month’s Caribbean Cup T20 tournament.
Demerara and Essequibo both finished tied for the last position after their play-off game earlier in the evening ended in a no-result after a magnificent 31-ball unbeaten 64 from Ramnaresh Sarwan and 39 from Travis Dowlin had helped Demerara to 129-2 off 12.3 overs when rain washed out the game.
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