In perfect conditions for cricket, Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets defeated neighbours and arch rival Albion Cricket Club in the final of the 2015 Tenelec Inc. First Division 50-Over Cricket Competition played
last Sunday at Albion Sports Complex. The competition was sponsored by Bobby Deonarine and Tom Gruntzel of Tenelec Inc. Washington, USA.
Taking first strike after winning the toss, Rose Hall Town opening pair of former national youth player Khemraj Mahadeo and former Berbice youth player Michael Hicks failed to roll back the years with both going early to Josiah Dhanai for 5 and 4 runs respectively. Berbice senior wicketkeeper/batsman Jason Sinclair also went cheaply for 8, bowled by national youth all rounder Balchand Baldeo.
Former senior national wicket keeper/batsman Delbert Hicks started to look good but fell to national T20 star Jonathan Foo for 18 with his team reeling at 39 for 4. West Indies middle order batsman Assad Fudadin and former West Indies senior one day player Royston Crandon attempted “operation recovery”. However, Albion had other ideas with Baldeo accounting for Fudadin caught at slips for 24. National all rounder Rajiv Ivan joined Crandon and together steadied the ship for Rose Hall Town, putting on 48 for the 6th wicket before losing the latter caught behind off West Indies left arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for 24.
Ivan rallied with the tail and was eventually run out off the last ball of the innings for a magnificent 71. Senior inter county player Collis Butts chipped in with 18 as Rose Hall Town finished on 180 for 9 off their allotted 50 overs. Dhanai, Baldeo and Foo finished with 2 wickets each for 17, 20 and 48 respectively.
Albion CC started well with former Guyana youth players Kandasammy Surujnarine and Balchand Baldeo batting superbly to put on 53 for the first wicket. Baldeo was then caught and bowled by Ivan for an ominous looking 33. Surujnarine followed, caught behind off former national youth all rounder Shawn Perreira for 15. Albion CC then lost quick wickets reaching 95 for 6 in the 31st over when the prolific Foo went caught on the long on boundary off Butts for 11. However, Albion CC were determined with national senior player Gudakesh Motie and Permaul joining forces and put pressure on the opposition until Motie was needlessly run out for 22 at 136 for 7. With Motie going, so was the hope of his team as they lost their last 3 wickets for 6 runs to finish 39 runs short of their target.
Butts, the son of former West Indies off spinner Clyde Butts, spun webs around the Albion CC batsmen, finishing with 5 for 35 to share the Man of the Match incentives with Ivan. He supported by with 2 for 24 off 9 overs.
At the presentation which followed, Angela Haniff spoke on behalf of the sponsor as well as the board. She said that Tenelec Inc. is pleased to be associated with the Berbice Cricket Board and was impressed with the media coverage the competition got. When speaking on behalf of the board, she said that the board is always grateful to Bobby Deonarine and Tom Gruntzel of Tenelec Inc., USA. She added that Tenelec Inc. is the board’s biggest sponsor and coupled with sponsorship of the under-15 tournament, they have contributed significantly to the overall success of Berbice cricket. She also thanked Albion Estate for hosting the game and the print and electronic media for excellent coverage off all BCB cricket.
Rose Hall Town skipper Perreira collected a beautiful trophy and $100,000 for their efforts. Runner up Albion CC also collected a trophy and cash incentives with Men of the Match, Butts and Ivan sharing cash and a trophy as well.
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