An impressive all round performance by man of the match, Keon Sinclair (26 not out and 3 for 18) and matured batting by former Berbice senior pacer Eon Gibson (49) led defending champions Courtland All Stars to their
second consecutive title of the Raffik and Sons Second Division 20-Over Cricket Competition for teams in the Lower/Central Corentyne area after they defeated Kennard’s Memorial Cricket Club of Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne by 39 runs.
In the final played last Sunday at the Area ‘H’ ground, Courtland All Stars won the toss and took first strike. They lost former Berbice youth player Dwayne Crandon for nought and Leroy Bristol for 2 and was in a spot of bother.
However, Eon Gibson joined Jamal Cort and repaired the innings with a third wicket partnership of 66 before Cort went for a mature 34. Keon Sinclair joined Gibson and wasted no time as they put on 43 for the 4th wicket when the latter went for a well played 49. Sinclair remained unbeaten on 26 as his team ended on 138 for 6 off their allotted 20 overs. Zomesh Mangroo and Chunilall Mankaran took two wickets apiece.
In reply, Kennard’s Memorial CC started impressively with Kamadirine Permaloo and Dellon
Hinds putting on 46 for the first wicket before the former was needlessly run out for an attacking 25. Kennard’s Memorial never recovered with only Hinds with 26 and Thomas George 15 offering any resistance. They ended on 100 all out. Pacer Sinclair took 3 for 18 and got support from Michael Cummings and Troy Matheson with two wickets each.
In the third place playoff game preceding the final, powerful Rose Hall Town demolished Fyrish by 10 wickets with 5 overs to spare. Fyrish won the toss, batted first and scored a challenging 149 for 8 wickets off 20 overs. S. Bacchus made 39 n.o. and Chetram Roopnarine 32. Berbice youth player Junior Sinclair took 2 for 22.
In reply, Rose Hall Town raced to 150 without loss with former Guyana wicketkeeper/batsman Delbert Hicks 66 and Michael Felix 61.
At the presentation ceremony which followed, Courtland All Stars collected the winning trophy and cash incentives while Kennard’s Memorial collected the runner up prizes. Rose Hall Town won the third place and Fyrish, fourth place, both getting a trophy for their efforts. Sinclair was voted man of the match in the final.
Speaking on behalf of the board, Vicky Bharosay thanked the teams that participated, the management of the ground for their support and Raffik and Sons for the sponsorship. He added that the idea of these tournaments across Berbice is to promote village cricket with the hope to reduce crimes and at the same time, unearth new talents for Berbice cricket.
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