Oct 09, 2012 Sports
Universal DVD Club/Universal Solutions T20 C’ships
Led by a commanding knock from their skipper and man of the match Sewnarine Chattergoon, Universal DVD Club Titans defeated Universal Solution Tigers by eight wickets in the final of the Universal DVD Club/Universal Solutions 7th Anniversary T20 championships, at the Universal DVD Young Warriors ground in Cumberland Sunday last.
In the battle for third place, East Berbice Warriors (EBW) scored 139 before being bowled out off the final delivery of the 20th over, to which they restricted West Berbice All Stars (WBAS) to 97 for 8 from their 20 overs, to take that position.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat first in the final, the Tigers who were led by national Under-19 skipper Shawn Pereira scored 131 for 5, thanks to Delbert Hicks’ pugnacious 50, to which the Titans replied with 134-2 from 19.1 overs, with Chattergoon making a responsible 66.
When the Tigers batted, they lost the wickets of Richard Ramdeen (06) and Gajanand Singh (01) to be 16 for 2 in the 5th over, before Hicks and Sewnarine’s younger brother Harrinarine Chattergoon (22, 3×4) pushed the score to 34, with the latter hitting Clinton Pestano (1-29) for three fours in one over.
When the younger Chattergoon was dismissed by Balram Samaroo, caught by Pestano, Hicks hit Kevin Ramdeen for two of his four sixes in one over, followed by another off the bowling of Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai to push his team to 78 for 4 in the 15th over.
He brought up his half century with a four and six off Eugene La Fleur (1-24), taking 28 deliveries to do so, hitting four fours and the same number of sixes in the process before he was smartly stumped by Jason Sinclair off the next delivery.
Before Hicks was dismissed, he added 56 for the fifth wicket with Keon De Jesus who took up the mantle by hitting both La Fleur and Motie-Kanhai for sixes, posting his team’s 100 with his first six off La Fleur, while Shailendra Shameer joined the party by hitting Eon Hooper (1-19) for two fours, adding a quick fire 40 with De Jesus that give their team a respectable total.
Samaroo ended with 2 for 13 from his four overs for the Titans who raced to 93 without loss from 12.1 overs, thanks to Sewnarine Chattergoon and his opening partner Kandasammy Surujnarine, who took the attack to the opposition bowlers with disdain.
The elder Chattergoon treated his younger brother with disdain, hitting him for two fours in his second over, while Shameer was welcomed into the attack with a six and four by the former West Indies test opener.
When Vishal Mohabir was introduced into the attack, Chattergoon, who along with Surujnarine plays for Albion Cricket Club, struck him over midwicket for another one of his sixes, followed by three fours that were sent to the fence with authority.
He posted his half century from 32 balls, counting five fours and three sixes in the process and celebrated by hitting his opposite number Pereira to the backward point fence for another four, a shot that set tongues wagging immediately after.
However, in his haste to up the scoring for his team, Surujnarine was caught by Michael Newland at backward point of Singh and he was quickly followed by Chattergoon who got a thick inside edge off Pereira at 98 for 2, facing 43 balls and hitting eight fours and three sixes in the process.
The demise of both openers for Titans did little or no justice for the Tigers, as they met a resilient Anthony D’Andrade (30; 3×4, 1×6) who took up the mantle to score freely by The demise of both openers for Titans did little or no justice for the Tigers, as they met a resilient Anthony D’Andrade who struck Pereira for a six and four over midwicket.
He followed that with a four off Newland, but the Tigers reigned in the scoring which push the game to the final over that came with the Titans needing two to win, at which point Shameer’s first delivery was dispatched with disdain by D’Andrade to the boundary to seal the win.
Singh and Pereira shared the two wickets that fell for the Titans, at the expense of 16 and 34 runs respectively.
In the third place playoff, EBW were indebted to West Indies middle order batsman Assad Fudadin 34 (4×4, 1×6) and Anthony Bramble 29 (2×4, 1×6), who added 60 for the second wicket, following the early demise of Shimron Hetmyer (00) who was caught by Abdool Subhan off Krisendat Ramoo (3-17).
Jonathan Foo contributed 20 that was laced with three fours to EBW’s total, while Deveshwari Prashad and former national Under-19 fast bowler Raun Johnson supported Ramoo by taking three wickets each for 16 and 37 runs respectively.
When WBAS batted, they raced to 43 without loss, thanks to Romesh Boodram who top scored with 30 (4×4, 1×6), before slipping to 82 for 7, before ending on their final score at the end of their 20 overs.
Renwick Batson, Yogeshwari Harrinarine, Foo and Romario Shepherd took two wickets each for 17, 17, 18 and 27 runs respectively for EBW.
At the brief presentation ceremony that followed, Sewnarine Chattergoon took home the man of the match and best batsman in the finals award, wherein he won a trophy and $20,000 for the former, while Samaroo was named the best bowler, while both finalists received gold n silver medals respectively.
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