Nov 08, 2011 Sports
Universal DVD Club Berbice t20 cricket
A large and vocal holiday crowd provided a wonderful atmosphere in sunny conditions at the Blairmont
ground last Monday as Memorex Bermine and Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets emerged victories in their semi-final matches of the Universal DVD Club Berbice first division t20 cricket competition.
The two teams will now clash on Sunday at the same venue in the grand final from 13:30hrs after the losing semi-finals; Universal DVD Club Young Warriors and Blairmont, battle in the Third-Place play-off from 09:00hrs.
The colourful crowd watched as the sun came out in all its glory after morning rain had delayed the start of the first semi-final by 45 minutes and Young Warriors were invited to bat by Bermine on a slow track with variable bounce.
The Warriors were off to a brisk start as Romario DeJonge conceded 11 from the day’s first over before 14 runs were scored in the second over from National under-19 off-spinner Jomal LaFluer.
Shimron Hetmyer, who struck three boundaries on the fairly fast outfield in his cameo 23, was removed in the fourth over at 32-1 by experienced off-spinner Devon Clements who also accounted from the potentially dangerous National t20 opener Richard Ramdeen (8) to leave the Canje side on 36-3 in the sixth over.
This was after off-spinner Stephen Latcha, who made his senior Guyana debut in last month’s Regional 50-over tournament in Guyana, had gotten rid of teenager Linden Austin (3) at 34-2 in the fifth over.
Former Guyana under-15 player Kevin Ramdeen, the younger brother of Richard, joined forces with Balram Samaroo to add 27 for the fourth wicket before LaFluer sent back Samaroo (12) at 63-4 in the 11th over.
Seon Hetmyer (5) was run out at 78-5 with five overs to go before Ramdeen who struck a six and a four in his 42-ball 30, became the first of three wickets for left-arm spinner Troy Mickle to leave the Warriors on 93-6 in the 18th over.
Mickle, who finished with 3-19 from four overs, then had Vedesh Singh (11) and Rocky Beepat (0) stumped in the final over, leaving former Berbice One-Day left-hander Anil Beharry, who reversed swept Latcha for a six and a four in one over, unbeaten on 12.
Clements (2-11), Jomal LaFluer (1-36) and Latcha (1-22) were the other successful bowlers for Bermine who reached 115-4 off 19 overs with Clements (38*) and Keon De Jesus (31) leading the fight for the New Amsterdam based team.
When Bermine began their reply, Jomal LaFluer once again played across the line and was bowled for one by Ameer Rahaman at 6-1 in the second over. Rahaman struck again in the sixth over when he removed Jomal’s elder brother Eugene for 11 at 20-2.
De Jesus and Clements put together 66 for the third wicket before Austin dismissed DeJesus at 83-3 in the 15th over. His 31 lasted 43 balls and included a four and a six.
Wicketkeeper Ishwar Singh, playing against his old club, supported Clements before going for a second six off Samaroo and was taken in the deep for 17 with the scores level. Clements’ unbeaten 38, which was decorated with three fours, came from 33 balls.
In the second semi-final, favorites RHTG&G, led by an unfinished 48 with three fours and two sixes from Renrick Batson, beat host Blairmont by eight wickets to book yet another place in a Berbice final.
Off-spinner Rajin Ivan captured 3-15 and National youth leg-spinner Shawn Perreira 2-20 for the Corentyne side as Blairmont were restricted to 107-9 off their 20 overs.
Karamdat Bissoondyal, who hit two sixes and a four in 33 and Deveshwari Prashad (20) joined forces with Blairmont in trouble at 17-2 in the fifth over and added 33 before Prashad was removed by off-spinner Eion Hooper at 53-3 in the 11th over.
But nobody else offered meaningful resistance although Test pacer Brendon Bess (16) put together 20 with Bissoondyal for the seventh wicket before Bissoondyal was taken in the deep attempting consecutive sixes off Perreira.
Batson and former National Keeper Delbert Hicks (17) then gave RHTG&G a solid 43-run opening start before Hicks was caught behind off Prashad in the seventh over.
National Skipper Assad Fudadin (25) was then taken by Bess at deep mid-wicket off Nadesh Basdeo in the 12th over with the score on 79-2.
But that was to be the last success for the home team as Batson remained to the end. (Sean Devers)
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