Jan 06, 2016 Sports
BCB/Ramnarine Appiah Memorial 20 overs cricket competition…
Betsy Ground Triple Star take 3rd place
On a hot but breezy day in a picnic like atmosphere, The Young Warriors Cricket Club of Cumberland, East Canje, Berbice stuttered a bit before recovering to beat Canje Pathfinders in the final of the 2015 Ramnarine
Appiah (Brother Appiah) Memorial 20 overs cricket competition which was played at the Cumberland Cricket Ground last Sunday. Betsy Ground Triple Stars were too good for Kendall’s Union A in the third place playoff. The matches were witnessed by a large Sunday crowd and included the wife of the late Appiah, his children, grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
In the final, Canje Pathfinders batting first after winning the toss, knowing that they have a highly rated batting line up, made a disappointing 115 all out in 19.5 overs. Their most accomplished player Videsh Singh and skipper S. Badal opened the batting and they lost Badal at 12 for 1 bowled by former national youth player Balram Samaroo for 1. Singh started to look dangerous before playing a careless shot to be caught at the long off boundary off Zaheer Moakhan for 24. Thereafter, they lost wickets regularly with only Imran Harrinandan and Kishan Gangaram contributing 19 and 25 respectively. Veteran former national senior cricketer Hubern Evans spun webs around the Pathfinders batsmen to bowl them out for 115 off 19.5 overs. Evans ended with 4 for 15 off 3.5 overs. West Indies youth player Kevin Sinclair supported with 2 for 32 off 4 overs.
In reply, Berbice Under-15 opener Alex Algoo looked good hitting three classy fours before he edged to the keeper for 14. The other opener, Kevin Sinclair was joined by former national youth player Balram Samaroo and together they put together a slow but assured 35 for the second wicket before losing Sinclair for 24. Rudolph Baker came and went quickly for 1 and caused panic in the Young Warriors camp. However, seasoned umpire and all rounder Zaheer Moakhan joined Samaroo and slowly calmed the nerves of the Warriors players and supporters. Together they put together an unbeaten 51 for the fourth wicket. Samaroo and Moakhan finished unbeaten knocks of 43 and 31 respectively with their team ending on 116 for 3 off 17.3 overs.
In the third place playoff earlier in the day, Betsy Ground Triple Star were inserted by the skipper of Kendall’s Union A and took full advantage of excellent batting conditions. They amassed 187 for 7 off their allotted 20 overs. Krishan Sobhai was in a no nonsense mood scoring a rapid 58. He got support from Wohmeshwar Sobhai with 22. Bowling for Kendall’s Union A, Albert Budhoo took 3 for 28 and Navendra Mangra 2 for 45.
In reply, Kendall’s Union A were never in the hunt and ended on a disappointing 111 for 5 wickets off 20 overs to lose by 76 runs with Tony Garnett the only batsman offering any resistance with 55. O. Imanudin took 2 wickets for Betsy Ground Triple Star.
Young Warriors CC pocketed $40,000 and a huge trophy, Canje Pathfinders $30,000 and a trophy for their effort. Betsy Ground TS collected $15,000 and a trophy with Kendall’s Union A taking away $10,000. Hubern Evans and Balram Samaroo was the best bowler and batsman for the final respectively, while Krishan Sobhai copped the man of the match prize in the third place playoff.
At the post match ceremony, Miss Appiah, granddaughter of the late Ramnarine Appiah in whose honour the tournament was played, spoke on behalf of the family and thanked the board for a well organised tournament. She made special mention of Hubern Evans and Anil Beharry for the roles they played in the success of tournament. Board representative Vicky Bharosay thanked the teams for participating. He also thanked the print and electronic media for their support. The crowd was commended for their turn out and behavior. Special thanks were in order for the management of the club for the preparation of the venue. Lastly but most importantly, he thanked Mukesh Appiah and the rest of the family for providing the sponsorship and for traveling from North America for the event. The BCB presented a certificate of appreciation to the sponsor.
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