New Building Society (NBS) team put aside their banking ability and showed that they
are not only good at dealing with money, but also have time for sports. The NBS team took to the cricket field and easily took care of business when they won the fifth edition of the Corporate Business in Sports (CBIS) 2014 tournament which was held on Saturday at the Albion Community Centre ground.
The final which was played between surprise finalist NBS and Beverage Giants Banks DIH Limited under permanent floodlights for the first time, saw NBS steamrolling Banks DIH by 10 wickets.
Losing the toss and being asked to take first strike, the drinks boys could only manage 51-5 in their six overs with Alvin Ramdass top scoring with 19. Bowling for NBS, Michael Ramdial picked up two wickets. NBS in reply hurried to 55-0 in 4.1 overs with David Looknauth hitting 32 and Ramdass returning to strike 17.
In semifinal play, Metro’s had posted 91-3 off their six overs against NBS who replied with 92-4 off the last ball in their encounter. In the other semifinal, Banks DIH batted first and reached 66-1 with Ramdass scoring 39 not. Berbice Bridge Company in reply was restricted to 54-8 in their overs.
The day’s encounter started in dramatic fashion with two upsets. In one game Dharmic Sabah defeated the powerful Karibe Rice team. Scores; Karibe Rice 88-2 off 10 overs; Dharmic Sabah 90-3 in 8.3 overs.
In the other major upset, Metro Stationery and Office Supplies crafted a tournament high 149-8 in 10 over. In reply, Olendoff Carriers tried valiantly but were dismissed for 78.
In other results, Regional Chairman’s XI defeated a Region Six XI by eight wickets in a high scoring affair. Region Six XI scored 102-8 off 10 overs with Regional Chairman’s XI replying with 102-2 in 4.2 overs. NBS defeated Metro by six wickets with Metro scoring 91-3 in six overs as NBS responded with 92-4 in six overs. Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI) defeated Ansa McAl by three wickets. Ansa McAl batted first and scored 93-8 off 10 overs with the BBCI in reply 97-7 off 8 overs. Hand-in-Hand lost to NBS after scoring 59 with NBS replying with 60-1. Banks DIH Ltd made easy work of J’s Supermarket. Banks DIH then posted 125-6 in 10 overs to take care of Regional Chairman’s XI who made 82-6 by 43 runs. Dharmic Sabah after scoring 112 -2 in 10 overs, lost to NBS by eight wickets who responded with 111-2.
At the presentation which followed, the winning NBS team was presented with the first place cheque and trophy by treasurer Chris Hicks, while Michael Ramdass was presented with his award by BCCDA President Mark Roopnarine.
The champions cannot compete in the tournament next year. The objective of the tournament is to promote unity and foster better working relationships between entities in Berbice.
The final and semifinals were played under lights. Metro was awarded third place after scoring more runs than BCCI in their losing semifinals. (Samuel Whyte)
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