To cap off a weekend of upsets, Bermine upstaged pre match favourite Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets by what turned out to be comfortable margin, in the process earning their place in the final of the 2013 Universal DVD First Division T20 Cricket Competition. One day before, West Berbice had gotten rid of the other pre-tournament favourite, Albion Community Centre as the pair will now battle for the title.
In the match, which was played at the Port Mourant ground, Bermine won the toss and elected to take first strike, a decision which at first did not look like the correct one as they lost the wicket of their inform captain Anthony D’Andrade for 1in the first over bowled by Berbice off-spinner Eon Hooper.
With the other inform Guyana opening batsman Shemroy Barrington joining the struggling Keion DeJesus, the score limped to 6 after 3 overs. However, things improved after then with the introduction of former Guyana under-17 off spinner Shailendra Shameer and Guyana under-19 leg-spinner Shawn Perreira.
Barrington and DeJesus then settled down and started to pick their shots as they took the score to 92-2 when DeJesus went caught for 39 (4×4) in the 13th over. Barrington continued to play solidly putting on 37 more valuable runs with Guyana under-19 cricket Romario DeJonge (13) in just 4 overs. Barrington was eventually bowled by Hooper for 65 which included 4 fours and 2 sixes at 132 for 4 in 19 over.
The last over yielded 14 runs with all-rounder Damien Vantull (14 not out) and Berbice all-rounder Devon Clements (1 not out) being at the crease as Bermine reached a respectable 146 for 4 in 20 overs.
Bowling for Rose Hall Town, off spinner Eon Hooper had miserly figures of 2 for 9 from 4 overs.
In reply, RHTG&G were given a good start by former Berbice batsman Renwick Batson, 11, and former Guyana under-19 batsman Dominique Rikki, 22, as they put together 34 in 6.5 overs. The two fell in quick succession as their team slipped to 38 for 2 in 8 overs. Guyana all-rounder Rajiv Ivan and former Guyana wicket-keeper-batsman Delbert Hicks kept Rose Hall in the hunt as they put together 21 runs in the next 3.3 overs, but after Ivan went for 19 the innings went into decline as two more wickets fell in quick succession. Former Guyana under-19 all-rounder Clinton Pestano went for 2 and Hooper 0, to leave Rose Hall tottering at 62 for 5 after 12.5 overs still needing 85 to win in 7.1 overs at an asking rate of over 10 per over.
Former Berbice player, Jason Sinclair then joined Hicks and they tried desperately to salvage the game for their team, but except for a Barrington over, which cost 17 runs, they just could not cope. Hicks was eventually run out for 19 as Rose Hall town ended on 130 for 6 in their allotment of overs to lose by 16 runs. Sinclair was still there on 38 not out (2 fours).
Bowling for Bermine, Barrington returned with the ball to take 2 for 20 to crown a fine all round performance. Off spinner Kevin Pellew supported with 2 for 24, while Clements had one.
Bermine will therefore meet with the other winning semi-finalist West Berbice in the final of the competition on Sunday at Albion.
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