RHTG& G and PMKR qualify for second round
Port Mourant Karibee Rice and Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets registered victories on Saturday to advance to the second round of the Berbice Cricket Board’s Ramcharitar Construction Service First Division 50-Over Knock-out Cricket Competition.
Half Centuries from West Indies ‘A’ team left-hander Assad Fudadin and former Guyana under-19 player Moshin Perkhan highlighted the rain affected opening round of the competition in which not a ball was bowled in the matches between Edinburgh and West Berbice at Edinburgh and the one involving Police and Skeldon at Cumberland due to overnight rain.
At the Area ‘H’ ground in Rose Hall Town the hosts beat Young Warriors by two-wickets in a match reduced to 28 overs due to rain. Young Warriors were dismissed for 122 in 27.4 overs despite 42 from Waheid Edwards and 21 from former Guyana Under-15 player Kevin Ramdeen.
Berbice Under-19 leg-spinner Shawn Pereira took 3-17 from six overs, while former Berbice Under-19 off-spinner Eon Hooper supported with 2-12 from 2.4 overs for the home team who replied with 126-8 in 25 overs.
Fudadin, who scored a half-century in his last first division game when representing his City club GCC two weeks ago at Everest in the Queensway Cup GCA tournament, stroked six fours in a responsible unbeaten 51 to lead his team to victory after they were shakily placed on 30-5 at one stage.
Fudadin found a useful partner in fellow left-hander Neil Williams to add 37 valuable runs for the sixth wicket to put Rose Hall Town back on track after Pacer Amir Rahaman (3-9) and ex-Berbice under-19 left-arm quickie Davendra Ramoutar (2-21) had snatched five quick wickets between them to inspire hopes of an upset win for the visitors.
Williams who now resides in Trinidad scored an important 17 in his first local game in a long time before he was removed by leg-spinner Balram Samaroo (2-27) to leave Rose Hall Town on 67-6.
National Under-19 all-rounder Clinton Pestano joined Fudadin to take the score to 106 before Pestano (17) departed and when Hooper (2) fell two runs later the match was on a knife’s edge with the score on 108 for 8.
Shawn Pereira (4*) offered excellent support to the level-headed Fudadin as together they took their team to victory with three overs to spare. At Port Mourant, in another rain hit encounter which was reduced to 20 overs-per-side, Port Mourant got past Blairmont by six runs.
Port Mourant reached 120-4 off their allotted 20 overs with opener Perkhan, who carried his bat for an unbeaten 51 with two boundaries and Essequibo left-hander Robert Moore (17*) sharing in an unfinished fifth wicket stand to get a three-figure total for their team.
Off-spinner Shabeer Baksh took 2-27 from four overs, while Test pacer Brendon Bess took 1-29 from his four for the West Bank Berbicians who reached 114-9 when their overs expired.
Devendra Lalsa (38) and Andrew Jainauth (21) added 53 for the first wicket for Blairmount and even after the demise of Jainauth the visitors were in control at 83-1 before former Berbice Under-19 off-spinner Rajendra Bolo grabbed three wickets in one over to turn the match on its head.
Off-spinner Devendra Thakurdeen also struck and all of a sudden from 83-1 Blairmount were 84-5.
After fighting to reach 100, Blairmount lost four more quick wickets in the space of six runs to slump to 106-9 leaving them to get 15 to win in the last over. They could only manage eight runs.
Bowling for Port Mourant Bolo took 4-25 from four overs and Thakurdeen 2-22 from his four. The competition continues on Saturday with the two washed first round matches and the one between Albion and Bermine which were not played because Albion were given permission by the Berbice Cricket Board to play Tapeball cricket on Saturday. (Sean Devers)
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