Oct 16, 2015 Sports
Naeem Nasir Memorial 5-Over tourney
Young Warriors emerge champions
Young Warriors Cricket Club (YWCC) of Cumberland, East Canje won the inaugural
Bakewell sponsored Naeem Nasir Memorial 5-overs cricket tournament organised by the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC) and held at the Area ‘H’ ground on Sunday last.
Witnessed by a large and colourful crowd, the visiting YWCC put up a strong fight against surprising finalist Rose Hall Town Bakewell ‘B’ before winning by six wickets with four balls to spare.
Consisting of mainly Under-15 players, Rose Hall Town Bakewell ‘B’ recorded shock wins against Belvedere United and Rising Star Cricket Club of West Demerara on their way to the final.
Batting first after losing the toss, Rose Hall Town ‘B’ reached 30-4 off their allotted 5 overs; Hector George and Junior Sinclair top scored with 10 each.
Bowing for Young Warriors, Linden Austin and Kassim Khan claimed a wicket each.
In reply, the experienced Young Warriors found themselves 2-0, the massive crowd urging on the Rose Hall Town ‘B’ players who played beyond their youthful years.
Opener Martin Singh used all his experience to score an unbeaten 19 to lead Young Warriors to 31-4 of 4.2 overs in reply. Kassim Khan was unbeaten on 5 while Brandon Prashad and Kevlon Anderson claimed a wicket each.
Earlier in the day, Rose Hall Town ‘B’ defeated Belvedere United by 7 wickets; Young Warriors got past Guysuco Training Centre by 15 runs; Courtland held their nerves to send home All Stars Youth of West Demerara by 10 runs while Rose Hall Town Bakewell ‘A’ cruised past West Berbice by 9 wickets as Rising Star drew the bye in the opening round.
In the second round, Rose Hall Town ‘B’ drew the bye as Rose Hall Town ‘A’ were trounced by Young Warriors by 9 wickets while Rising Star also created another huge upset, thrashing Courtland.
Young Warriors enjoyed a bye into the final while Rising Star Cricket Club and Rose Hall Town Bakewell ‘B’ clashed in the lone semifinal. Batting first after winning the toss, Rose Hall Town ‘B’ reached a competitive 36-3 off their 5 overs, national Under-15 players Junior Williams and Kevlon Anderson both top scored with 13.
Rising Star in reply found the competitive youngsters bowling attack difficult to score against as Kevlon Anderson, Denzil Sinclair, Brandon Prashad, Junior Sinclair and Surrendra Madramootoo, all bowled well.
Needing to score 3 runs off the last delivery, they could only manage two, to leave the exciting match tied. In the super over playoff, the visitors only managed 3 runs off the bowling of Madramootoo.
Openers Williams and Anderson knocked off the runs from two balls which sparked off celebrations among their supporters.
Young Warriors received the winning prize of $100,000 and the Naeem Nasir Memorial Trophy.
Rose Hall Town Bakewell ‘B’ collected $40,000 while Rising Star pocketed $25,000 for the 3rd place prize.
Martin Singh was named man-of-the-final and received a trophy and $5,000.
RHTY&SC Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster disclosed that the tournament was a success and was a perfect tribute to the memory of the late Bakewell Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Naeem Nasir.
Foster praised the teams for their discipline on and off the field and also for the high level of competition.
He specially expressed gratitude to Rising Star and All Stars Youth of West Demerara for participating in the tournament.
Gratitude was expressed to the Widow of Mr. Nasir and Bakewell CEO Rajin Ganga for their sponsorship of the tournament.
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