BCB/NAMILCO/BAKEWELL T20 TOURNAMENT
A brilliant all round performance by West Indies player Assad Fudadin led Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets to a comprehensive 7 wicket victory over Albion Cricket Club in the final of the 2013 Berbice Cricket Board/Namilco/Bakewell T20 Tournament. Playing in front of a large and colourful crowd at the Albion Cricket ground on Sunday, Fudadin took 4 wickets for 24 runs then returned with the bat to score an even half century.
RHT Gizmos and Gadgets won the toss and invited Albion CC to take first strike. Sewnarine Chattergoon and Kandasammy Surujnarine added 28 runs for the opening partnership before the former was brilliantly taken by Dominic Rikhi at the long on boundary off Royston Crandon for 16 in the fifth over. Balchan Baldeo joined Surujnarine and carried the score to 50 before Fudadin, bowling medium pace, removed Baldeo for 13.
The dangerous Jonathan Foo was not allowed to settle and was brilliantly caught by Fudadin at short mid wicket for 10 off veteran left arm spinner Ravi Narine. There after, Albion batting was kept in check by purposeful bowling by RHTGG, but Anthony Bramble (27) and Devindra Bishu (11) offered some resistance as Albion managed 114 all out off their allotted 20 overs. Narine, Eon Hooper, Crandon and Rikhi supported Fudadin with one wicket apiece.
In reply, RHTGG lost Eon Hooper in the first over to off spinner Veerapen Permaul with out scoring before Fudadin and Rikhi added 90 runs for the second wicket with sensible batting. Fudadin was then caught at long off, off Foo for a mature 50 (3×4) off 48 balls in the 15th over. Rajiv Ivan and Rikhi continued to bat wisely taking the score to 109 before Rikhi was caught behind off Bishoo for 36 off 43 balls. Ivan and Crandon then saw their team home in the 18th over; Ivan ended on 16 and Crandon 3. Permaul, Bishoo and Foo took one wicket each for Albion.
Earlier, Universal Solutions Bermine defeated West Berbice Super Kings by 5 wickets to clinch the third place prize. Batting first, West Berbice scored 92 for 6 off their allotted 20 overs with skipper Krisendat Ramoo scoring 33, Arthley Bailey supported with 22. Romario Shepherd took 2 for 27 for Bermine who replied with 96 for 5 in 18.2 overs. Eugene La Fleur led with an unbeaten 31and Shemroy Barrington made 29. National pacer Keon Joseph snared 3 for 14 while Ramoo and Keith Fraser had one each.
At the presentation ceremony which followed, President of the Berbice Cricket Board Mr Keith Foster praised Namilco and Bakewell for their joint investment in Berbice Cricket while noting that Berbice Cricket continues to attract sponsorship due to the hard work of the executive members. He congratulated the winners on a well deserve victory and urged the teams in Berbice to maintain their high standards.
General Manager of Bakewell Mr Rajin Ganga in a brief remark expressed gratitude to the executives of BCB for a well organised tournament and said he was pleased with the quality of cricket displayed. Mr Bert Sukhai, Managing Director of Namilco hailed the tournament as a success adding that this was the company’s first sponsorship of cricket, he said that Namilco would be willing to return next year once a good proposal is submitted.
Fudadin collected a one-year free supply of cable service compliments of E-Networks for his man of the match performance. He was the recipient of one DVD and CD player, compliments of A. Ally and Sons for scoring the most runs and taking the most wickets in the final and was also given the best catch of the day award. His team mate Clinton Pestano won play of the day prize with the brilliant run out of David Latchaya. Bramble took the prize for hitting the biggest six of the day.
RHTGG collected $200,000.00 and a trophy while Albion received $100,000 for their efforts. Universal Bermine and West Berbice Super Kings took home $50,000 and $25,000 respectively. Namilco, BCB and Bakewell also distributed gifts to Members of the four teams, Spectators, ground staffs and umpires.
The BCB would like to thank Namilco, Bakewell, Ansa McAl, E-Networks, Guysuco, Universal DVD and Solutions, Sentinel Security, Guyana Police Force and the media for their support in making this tournament a success.
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