Jaipaul Heeralall (82), Eon Abel (72 n.o) propel D’Edward to final
Led by two hard hitting innings from skipper Jaipaul Heeralall and former Berbice all rounder Eon Abel, D’Edward
handed the highly favoured Albion Community Center a huge defeat to become the first team to reach the final of this year’s New Building Society Ltd Second Division Forty Over Cricket Competition for teams in Berbice.
In the semifinal played last Saturday at the D’Edward ground and which was reduced to 24 overs a side due to overnight rain, D’Edward lost the toss and was sent in to bat. Albion CC surely regretted their decision as Abel and Lakeraj Sookra putting on a brisk opening partnership of 35 in 6.4 overs.
With Abel playing the anchor role, D’Edward was not too comfortable when they reached 72 for 3 in 12 overs. However, Skipper Jaipaul Heeralall joined him and together they decimated the Albion bowling attack, rattling up a quick fire partnership of 124 in only 11.1 overs. Heeralall contributed a rapid 82 which included 2 fours and 10 sixes in a display of power hitting, before he fell at 198 for 4 in 23.1 overs. D’Edward finished with a formidable 210 for 4 off their allotted 24 overs with Abel at the end on 72 not out consisting of 5 fours and 5 sixes. Bowling for Albion, Kevindra Persaud took 2 for 19 and former Berbice Under-17 off spinner Daniel Lewis 2 for 53.
When Albion began their reply, they lost their Guyana Under-17 opener Adrian Sukhwa for 5 in the second over at 11 for 1. After that national Under-17 batsman Ritesh Umroa and former Guyana Under-15 all rounder Veerapen Permaul threatened by putting on 71 in 10 overs for the second wicket. However, after Umrao fell for 24 and Permaul for 35, the Albion challenge went with them and they ended on 132 for 9 in their allotted overs. Bowling for D’Edward, Christian France took 3 for 26, Devindra Lalsa 2 for 13 and Kevon Jawahir 2 for 21.
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