Albion Community Centre and Rose Hall Town Farfan and Mendes were declared joint champions of the 2013 Tenelec Inc. Under-15 cricket competition in Berbice after rain resulted in 190 minutes of play being lost in the two-day final; the match ending without a first innings decision last weekend.
Playing at Albion, the match was scheduled to commence at 10:00hrs on Saturday but overnight and morning rain as well as seepage saw play commencing at 15:00hrs.
The loss of three early wickets by RHT Farfan & Mendes, all to off-spinner Asif Ally (22 for 3) gave the host the team early advantage but Captain and all-rounder Veremootoo Senwasone was joined by Guyana middle order batsman Bashkar Yadram and together the two added 47 from the fourth wicket before Senwasone went for 21 at 69 for 4.
Yadram put on a further 25 for the next wicket with S. Bachaus (5) after which he added another 34 for the sixth wicket with Kevin Anderson (4) before he fell to pacer Joshua Harrichand for 64 at 128 for 6. Harrichand picked up the last four wickets to see Rose Hall Town bowled out for 162 in their first innings. Harrichand ended with 5 for 29 while Ally took 3 for 57
When Albion began their response they were given a good start of 39 by Guyana Under-15 wicketkeeper batsman Adrian Sukhwa and Asif Ally but Sukhwa was run out for 24 and Ally bowled by left arm spinner Keith Simpson for 12 in quick succession, slumping to 41for 2.
Guyana batsman Matthew Hardyal (15) and Joshua Harrichand (11) put on 20 for the third wicket before Simpson removed both batsmen and also had Karran Arjpaul caught for 10, snaring his fourth consecutive wicket.
At 81 for 5, Albion were under pressure to avoid a first innings loss but resolute and sensible batting from Vivkanand Gagjit (19) Ramesh Kasinauth (10), Rajiv Sookram (14*) and Renaldo Rowe (1*) together with some delaying tactics in the last hour, the match ended in a tense no result with Albion ending on 135 for 8.
Keith Simpson ended with 4 for 18 and off-spinner Bashkar Yadram 2 for 55. Yadram was adjudged player-of-the-match.
At the presentation ceremony the President of the Berbice Cricket Board Mr. Keith Foster praised the two teams for reaching the final and putting on good performances over the two days. He disclosed that the 2014 competition is scheduled to get started very soon and urged both teams as well as the other clubs to start preparation immediately especially since the Inter County competition is scheduled for late march.
Both teams were presented with the winning trophy as well as twenty-five thousand dollars while Yadram received a trophy.
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