Oct 09, 2012 Sports
Hand-in-Hand West Berbice Second Division 40-Overs Tournament…
The Bush Lot Cricket Ground was filled to capacity on Sunday last as the crowd turned up to witness the final of the first ever Berbice Cricket Board/Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company 40-Overs Tournament for teams in the West Berbice area. Cotton Tree Die Hard played brilliant all-round cricket to defeat favourite Hopetown United by 45 runs and in the process lift their first every major cricket title.
Batting first after losing the toss, Cotton Tree was given a solid start of 41 in nine overs by openers Jagdeo Persaud and Roshan Gafoor before Persaud was caught off the bowling of Emerson Benjamin for 13. Cotton Tree then lost opener Gafoor for 10, Shazad Gafoor 8 and Ishwar Singh 4 to be in trouble at 56 for 4 in the eleventh over before Pooran Persaud 23 and Fizal Khan 36 added 50 for the 5th wicket. Contributions from H. Ibrahim 13 not out and Nashad Gafoor 15 enabled Cotton Tree Die Hard to reach 163 all out in 37.2 Overs. Bowling for Hopetown United Carwyn Wayne took 3 wickets for 12 runs, Claude Saul 2 for 31 and Emerson Benjamin 2 for 38.
Needing to score 164 in 40-Overs to win, Hopetown United lost opener Darwin Nelson 9 at 25 for 1 in the seventh over to pacer Aszal Haroon and Tyrone Liverpool for 12 at 34 for 2 in the 8th Over. Stephan Adams batting at No. 3 tried his best to hold the Hopetown batting together but his teammates inability to use their feet against spinners failed them badly as left arm spinner Wazar Hassan worked well. Adams top-scored with a well composed 51 (3×4, 1×6) before he was beaten in flight and stumped off the impressive Hassan who played at the first division level for Blairmont.
Only Ruel Edwards (12) and Claude Saul (15) offered any support to Adams as Hopetown were bowled out for 128 in 29.2 Overs. Pacer Azmal Haroon claimed bowling figures of 7.2-1-28-3 and Hassan 8-1-22-4 for the champions.
The massive Cotton Tree group of supporters started celebrations when Hopetown No. 10 batsman Emerson Benjamin was bowled by Haroon to end the match.
Treasurer of the Berbice Cricket Board Anil Beharry praised the two teams for their discipline and positive attitude during the finals and hailed the tournament as a huge success, Beharry expressed pleasure at the huge turnout of spectators throughout as it was the aim of the Berbice Cricket Board to get spectators to attend matches once again.
President of the Berbice Cricket Board Keith Foster expressed gratitude to the Management of the Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company for investing in Berbice Cricket. The Berbice Cricket Board, Foster stated was investing heavily in Berbice Cricket at the Zone Level in order to assist underperforming clubs to get organised.
West Berbice for the rest of the year would also be benefitting from a two day Inter-district cricket match and a 20/20 Inter-club tournament.
Representative of the Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company William Lynton praised the Berbice Cricket Board for its excellence in organising the tournament. Lynton expressed his pleasure at the standard of play in the final and the huge turnout of fans. He also stated that his company was pleased to be associated with the Berbice Cricket Board.
Captain of the Champions Roshan Gafoor praised both the Berbice Board and Hand-in-Hand for sponsoring a tournament for teams in West Berbice and stated that Cotton Tree Die Hard were proud to be champions. The winners took home $50,000 and a trophy, the runner up $30,000 and the Man of the finals $10,000 and a trophy.
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