D’Edward Cricket Club of West Bank Berbice are the champions of the New Building Society
Second Division 40–Over Cricket Competition for teams, after holding their nerve to win an exciting final against Corriverton by three wickets Sunday last at the No. 69 ground.
In a match reduced to 28-overs-a-side due to a late start resulted from overnight rains, Corriverton, a first time finalist, lost the toss and were inserted by their opponents. They enjoyed a good start of 39 runs from Errol Byass and Jeremy Moore. However, with the introduction of medium pacer Heeralall Bridgelall, Corriverton lost Byass for 11 off Heeralall who picked up another wicket immediately. Another medium pacer Navin Rampersaud got into the act and took two quick wickets including Moore for 24 to see them slip from 39 without loss to 53 for 4.
No. 5 batsman and skipper Jermain Reid stopped the slide with an intelligent innings of 41. He firstly put on 35 for the fifth wicket with Victor Pedro (3) and 24 for the sixth wicket with Gary Phillips (6) to take the score to 113 in the 19th over. They collapsed as off spinner Devendra Lalsa picked up three wickets and former Berbice Under-19 leg spinning all rounder Kevon Jawahir two wickets to reduce Corriverton from relatively comfort of 113 for 5 to 123 all out in 22.5 overs with Jermain Reid top score of 41. For D’ Edward, Lalsa took 4 for 27 from 5 overs, Jawahir 2 for 18 from 4.5 overs, Rampersaud 2 for 30 from 6 overs and Bridgelall 2 for 31 from 40 overs.
When D’Edward replied, Corriverton opening pacers Jermain Reid and Victor Pedro picked up early wickets to have them reeling at 12 for 3 by the 5th over. The skipper, Jaipaul Heeralall came to the crease and quietly started to pull D’Edward from the jaws of danger by firstly putting on 56 for the 4th wicket with Jawahir (12) in 9 overs and 43 for the 5th wicket with Lakeraj Sookra in 8 overs before he fell for 33 at 111 for 5. Two quick wickets followed at 121 including Sookra for 33. However, D’Edward reached home safely at 124 for 7 in 25.4 overs. Bowling for Corriverton, Reid ended with 2 for 18 from 3 overs and left arm spinner Faoud Bacchus 2 for 19.
At the presentation that followed, D’Edward collected the winning trophy and $60,000 in cash, Corriverton $30,000 for the runner up prize. Devendra Lalsa was the man of the match for his effort and collected a trophy and $5,000. He was also the best bowler with Corriverton captain Jermin Reid being the best batsman. There were several other cash incentives for overall performances leading up to the final.
Mr Hubern Evans, Vice President of the BCB, thanked the New Building Society for their continued sponsorship of this very important competition that involved close to 100 teams. He said that this competition helps with the village cricket and unearths lots of new talent that first division feeds off. He added that this helps to promote healthy lifestyles for persons of all ages.
Anil Beharry, Vice President, BCB and senior manager of the sponsor, said that the board continues to organise cricket at all levels and that has created confidence in sponsors and all stakeholders. He made special mention of Mr Carl Moore for the smooth running of such a big tournament. Mr Rana Persaud, Manager of NBS Rose Hall Branch said that the Society was also pleased with the way the competition was run and was impressed with the wide media coverage. He said that he is confident that the Society will continue to support Berbice Cricket, which is run in a transparent, accountable and professional manner.
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