Albion, Young Warriors and RHT Namilco Thunderbolt Flour win outright
Most Sports Organisations in Guyana have already closed off for the year but the cricket season in Berbice continues to be action packed as the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) pushes ahead with its crowded 2019 season.
The BCB on Saturday last hosted the second leg of the historic Banks Beer two-day first division tournament as team’s battle for a place in the semifinals. Rose Hall Town Namilco Thunderbolt Flour, Albion CC and Young Warriors CC registered outright victories while Tucber Park picked up first innings points.
RHT Namilco Thunderbolt and Albion Community Centre Cricket Club (ACCCC) are expected to advance from Zone B while YWCC and Tucber Park are ahead in Zone A.
At the Area ‘H’ Ground in Rose Hall Town, the home team defeated Port Mourant by an innings and 135 runs. Port Mourant batting first was bundled out for 62, Michael Fraser top scoring with 24 not out.
Fast bowler Sylus Tyndall took 5 for 8 while Skipper Eon Hooper took 3 for 10. RHT Namilco Thunderbolt Flour then rattled up 252 for 6 declared with West Indies emerging player Kevin Sinclair 70, Delbert Hicks 67
and Jason Sinclair 41, the principal scorers; medium pacer Joshua Ramsammy took 4 for 74.
With a deficit of 190 runs, the visitors were dismissed for 55 in their second innings which handed Berbice top first division team an outright win. Ramsammy returned with the bat to score 31 as spinners Kevin Sinclair 4 for 26, Keith Simpson 2 for 4 and junior Sinclair 2 for 6 bowled well.
The powerful Albion Community Centre Cricket Club also enjoyed a good game, national players Devindra Bishoo, Veersammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie all making a welcome return to first division cricket.
Batting first after losing the toss, Albion blasted their way to 350 for 6 and in the process obtained the maximum four batting points. Kandasammy Surujnarine slammed 106 and Sharaz Ramcharran 90 while Rajiv Ivan and Motie were unbeaten on 61 and 52, respectively.
Zaheer Hussain took 3 for 64 for the home team, which in response were bowled out for 70; only Michael Veersammy reached double figures with 27. West Indies spin twin of Devindra Bishoo 4 for 6 and Veersammy Permaul 4 for 45 were the main wicket takers.
Batting a second time and facing a deficit of 280 runs, Canje were sent packing for 64 with the main wrecker being Bishoo who snared 5 for 11 to complete a match haul of 9 for 17. Permaul supported with 3 for 42 as Zaheer Hussain and Kedar Amsterdam top scored with 19 and 14, respectively for the home team.
Young Warriors CC registered their first victory in the competition, defeating West Berbice by 10 wickets at the Cumberland Ground in East
Canje. West Berbice batting first was bowled out for 124 with Akeem Blackman and Kareem Mentore both making 21.
Left arm spinner Trevon Stanislaus continues to impress with the ball taking 5 for 42 while medium pacer Suresh Dhanai took 3 for 22. The home team in response reached 241 all out with Linden Austin 53, Carl Gilgeous 38, Suresh Dhanai 30 and Vishal Mohabir 30.
Leon Andrew took 6 for 35 while Jayden Samuels had 3 for 41 being the visitors best bowlers. West Berbice batting a second time and facing a deficit of 117 were dismissed for 187 despite a brilliant 119 from former Berbice player, Leon Andrew who tore into the home team bowlers. Suresh Dhanai completed a good all-round match with 4 for 42. YWCC required 71 runs in the last hour in fading light but blasted their way to 75 without loss in 10.3 overs; Ricardo Ramdehol 32 and Alex Algoo 30 leading the victory charge.
At the Cotton Tree Ground on the West Coast of Berbice, Tucber Park gained first innings points from Blairmont in a game affected by overnight rain on both days. Blairmont won the toss and inserted Tucber Park which reached 264 all out.
Quacy Mickle led with 76, Brandon Corlette 54 and Nial Smith 50 the best batters, leg spinner Kevin Jawahir 5 for 82 and national youth spinner Nigel Deodat 3 for 56 were the best bowlers. The home team conceded a first inning lead of 92 after being bowled out for 172.
Batting for Blairmont, Kevin Jawahir 33, Seon Glasgow 32 and Javid Karim 20 were the principal scorers. Pacers Orlando Tanner took 5 for 49 and Kwesi Mickle 3 for 44 for Tucber Park who, batting a second time reached 134 for 7 with Clifton Lindee hitting 33 and Garfield Benjamin 22 not out.
National youth player Nigel Deodat claimed 6 for 38 for Blairmont in an impressive spell of left arm spin bowling.
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