D’Edward Sports Club of West Bank Berbice are the 2014 Hand-in-Hand
Insurance Second Division 40-Over Cricket Champions of West Berbice after beating Hopetown at the United Cotton Tree Die Hard ground in the third annual Final last Monday, a National holiday.
Led by a devastating spell of medium pace bowling from left-armer Christian France, who took 5-32 from 8 overs and a commanding undefeated 50 with nine fours and a six from skipper Jaipaul Heeralall, D’Edward easily conquered Hopetown United in the final played last Monday.
Hopetown slumped to 70-7 in the 16th over and never recovered, falling for 92 off 18.4 overs before D’Edward responded with 93-3 to win by seven wickets.
Hopetown United won the toss and took first strike and were soon 30-2 in six overs. France then got into the act picking up five consecutive wickets that saw Hopetown United suffering a middle order slump before being bundled out in 19th over with France receiving good support from medium pacer Devendra Singh, who captured 2-10 from 1.4 overs.
D’Edward began shakily with pacer Derrick Cadogan picking up two early wickets as they slipped to 17-3 before the hard-hitting Heeralall arrived at the crease to launched a brutal assault on the Hopetown attack and featured in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 76 with Mahadeo Persaud (16) to take his team to victory. Derrick Cadogan took 2-42 from 6 overs. France was adjudged man of the match.
At the presentation ceremony Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) Executives, Anil Beharry, Hubern Evans and Shabeer Baksh thanked the sponsors for their continued investment in West Berbice Cricket. Cash incentives and trophies valued over $100,000 were up for grabs. Beharry said the BCB will continue to promote cricket. He added that the Insurance Company has played an important role in lives people in the area and commended them for their continued support of cricket.
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