The sun was out in all of its glory, spectators came out in large numbers while the cricket on the field was of the highest standard as the Berbice Cricket Board hosted the Final of the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association/Ramnaresh Sarwan 40-Overs Second Division Tournament. When the curtain was drawn on the well kept No. 72 Cut and Load Ground, No. 72 All Stars held their nerves to defeat the home team by ten runs in a thrilling match, which kept the huge crowd on its feet during the final ten overs.
No. 72 All Stars won the toss and batted first in glorious weather. They were able to reach 156 all out in 35 of their allotted 40-Overs. Kameshwar Chatterpaul topscored with 36 and received support from Anand Singh 25, Mohindra Bhoj 20 and Trishan Ramdass 20. Ikhram Khan 3 for 15, Abdullah Ajib 2 for 21, Rishi Persaud 2 for 16 and Devanand Chatterpaul 2 for 14 were the wicket takers for the No. 72 Cut and Load Team.
Needing to score 157 in 40-Overs to claim their first BCB Title, Cut and Load was given a perfect start of 70 runs by openers Ramesh Joseph and Kadil Ajib before Joseph threw his wicket away in the 18th Over to be caught on the long on boundary for 22. Ajib continued to play a responsible innings even as wickets fell around due to a brilliant spell of hostile fast bowling by Taleshwar Baichan who took four quick wickets. The dismissal of the talented Rishi Persaud, caught at mid wicket off a miscued pull was the crucial turning point for the match as No. 72 All Stars never gave up hope. Devanand Chatterpaul 15 and Ajib tried to hold the innings together but when Baichan trapped Ajib LBW for a top score of 50, the match was virtually over for No. 72 Cut and Load. Taleshwar Baichan took 4 for 23 and Wayne Garnett 3 for 31 for the Champions.
BCB President Hilbert Foster was loud in praise for the friendly atmosphere that the Final was played in, noting that both teams hailed from the same Village. Foster who has visited the Upper Corentyne area, twenty four times since his election in February, stated that there can be no doubt that cricket in the area was on the move again. He praised the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association for the outstanding work it was doing to promote the game. Special mention was made of former West Indies Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan for his sponsorship of the Tournament which was contested by 24 teams. The Tournament was the sixteenth completed by the Berbice Cricket Board in the last four months, while eight others are in process. With several others expected to start shortly, the Berbice Cricket Board would create a record by hosting close to thirty tournaments at different levels for Clubs across the county.
Upper Corentyne Cricket Association Secretary Sydney Jackman was loud in praise of the outstanding work of the Berbice Cricket Board and the role it was playing in the promotion of the game in Upper Corentyne. He also disclosed that the Berbice Cricket Board and Upper Corentyne Cricket Association would be hosting an Under-19 Tournament for six clubs in the area, while the New Building Society Second Division Tournament would restart after a short break to accommodate the Sarwan Final. The Berbice Cricket Board handed over trophies and financial incentives to the Champion, Runner-up and Man of the Final Taleshwar Baichan.
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