RHT Thunderbolt Flour, Tucber Park, Blairmont take 1st innings points
For the first time in over fifteen years, first division cricketers in the Ancient County of Berbice were able to play a tournament that was not for 20/20, 40 overs, or 50 overs. On Saturday last, the Berbice Cricket Boards Banks DIH Two Days First Division Tournament was launched at four venues. For the majority of players, it was a very learning experienc
e as it was their first time, pl
aying a longer version of the game and for others like Delbert Hicks, Devendra Bishoo and Anthony D Andrade it was a welcome return of the tournament, which was last played in 2004.
Albion defeated Port Mourant to register the only outright victory, while Rose Hall Town Namilco Thunderbolt Flour, Tucber Park CC and Blairmont were able to obtain first innings points. Five wickets hauls were taken by Kevin Umroa, Nigel Deodat, Trevon Stanislaus and Quacy Mickle, while batsmen had a memorable weekend with Albion’s Kandasammy Surujnarine, Rajiv Ivan, RHT Thunderbolt Flour Eon Hooper, Blairmont Kevin Jawahir and Rose Hall Canje Kedar Amsterdam registering centuries.
At Albion, the home team defeated a youthful Port Mourant CC by an innings and 148 runs. PMCC – 98 all out- Rampertab Ramnauth 29, Mahendra Boodram 30. Bowling for Albion, Kevin Umroa 6 for 45 and Devendra Bishoo 3 for 32. Albion in response rattled up 358 for 6 with Kandasammy Surujnarine 112, Rajiv Ivan 112, Ramesh Kasinauth 50 and Adrian Sukhwa 36 been the principal scorers. Demetri Cameron, 4 for 116, was PMCC best bowler, while Madhan Boodram and Salim Khan each took a wicket. Facing a deficit of 260 runs on first innings, PMCC crashed to 112 all out with West Indies Under-15 player Rampertab Ramnauth 63 not out and D. Seenarine 18 reaching double figures. The highly talented Ramnauth carried his bat through the innings as he enjoyed the chance to bat long without any limitation. Devendra Bishoo 3 for 45 and Rajiv Ivan 2 for 32 were Albion’s best bowlers.
At the Area ‘H’ Ground, Rose Hall Town Thunderbolt Flour batting first on a pitch with lot of moisture due to overnight rain and were reduced to 10 for 3 against Rose Hall Canje after losing Junior Sinclair 00, Mahendra Gopilall 01 and Kevlon Anderson 09. Veteran Delbert Hicks 89 and Eon Hooper 109 batted well to eventually lead their team to 279. Hooper’s century was his first at the senior level as the former national player tries to establish his
role as an allrounder. Hooper struck 11 boundaries, 2 sixes, while Hicks stroked 12 sweetly timed boundaries and three huge sixes. Bowling for the visitors, Zaheer Hussain took 2 for 47, and Boodram Ramsarran 2 for 60. RH Canje in response were bowled out for 159 with Joel Seitaram 42 and the talented Lloyd David 21 being the principal scorers. Hooper returned with the ball to take 4 for 36, Shawn Pereira 3 for 27 and Junior Sinclair 2 for 34.
With time running out and the weather unpredictable, RHT Thunderbolt Flour enforced the follow on but were unable to obtain an outright victory and Kedar Amsterdam scored his maiden first division century. Amsterdam blasted 101 which includes eight boundaries and five huge sixes and also received support from Joel Seitaram 49 as the visitors ended on 199 for 5 when stumps were drawn. Kevlon Anderson took 2 for 41, while Jonathan Rampersaud, Eon Hooper and Doorsammy Mahadeo claimed one wicket apiece.
At the Blairmont Ground, rain affected the home team from achieving an outright victory, with over three hours losted on the final day. Kevin Jawahir showed his class with a superb 196 to lead Blairmont CC to 421 for 8 declared. Marvon Prashad strucked a mature 86 while Seon Glasgow made a quickfire 49. R. Persaud took 2 for 33 for West Berbice, who in reply were bowled out for 164 with Karime Mentore 67 and Keyron Fraser 43 been the top batter. National youth player Nigel Deodat took 7 for 62 for the home team.
Blairmont with a lead of 257, decided to bat again before declaring at 47 for 2 with Javed Karim and Seon Glasgow each unbeaten on 17, West Berbice struggled to 22 for 3 before rain ended the match early.
At the Cumberland ground, Young Warriors CC scored 191 all out with Trevon Stanislaus making 55 and Suresh Dhanai 29 been the top scorers. Off spinner Quacy Mickle 5 for 64 and Leon Swammy 4 for 42 were Tucber Park’s best bowlers. In response, Tucber Park reached 260 all out with Quacy Mickle completing a fine all-round performance with 42 not out, Anthony D’Andrade 41 and Keon D Jesus 40. Left arm spinner Trevon Stanislaus completed a great all-round match with 5 for 49 from 31 overs, while medium pacer Suresh Dhanai took 2 for 38. YWCC in their second innings reached 51 for 3 with off spinner Martin Singh taking 2 for 31. The second round of matches starts this weekend.
Albion vs RHT Thunderbolt Flour @ Area ‘H’
PMCC vs RH Canje @ Port Mourant
Tucber Park vs West Berbice @ Bushlot
YWCC vs Blairmont @ Cumberland
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