RHT Namilco Thunderbolt Flour defeat Tucber Park by 58 runs to lift Championship
Rose Hall Town Namilco Thunderbolt Flour First Division team continued their dominance of Cricket at that level with an easy 58 runs defeat of Tucber Park CC to win the 2019 Berbice Cricket Board/Stag Beer 50 overs tournament. The match was played at the historic Port Mourant Cricket Ground and was especially dedicated to the memory of legendary West Indies test player Basil Butcher AA, who was buried on Friday last at the ST.
Joseph Anglican Church in his home village.
Both teams stood in a one-minute tribute to Butcher before the match. Rose Hall Town Namilco Thunderbolt, strengthened by the presence of former West Indies ODI player Royston Crandon, won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch with some moisture. They lost national junior player Junior Sinclair, LBW to Jamal La Fleur for 6 at 12 for 1 in the sixth over.
Veterans Khemraj Mahadeo and Jason Sinclair then featured in a crucial 63 runs partnership for the 2nd wicket before Mahadeo was caught off Kwesi Mickle for 27. Sinclair was joined by former national player Delbert Hicks and they added 49 for the 3rd wicket. The inform Hicks fell for 22, while Sinclair went on to top score with 67. Crandon 06, Eon Hooper 01, Keith Simpson 18, Sylus Tyndall 08 were the other batsmen to be dismissed, while Keon Sinclair was unbeaten on 15 as RHT Namilco Thunderbolt Flour ended on 192 for 8 from their allotted 50 overs. Veteran off spinners Devon Clements took 6 for 36 from ten impressive overs, while Jamal La Fleur 1 for 28 and Kwesi Mickle 1 for 32 were the other wicket takers for Tucber Park CC.
Needing to score 193 from 50 overs, Tucber Park CC found themselves reeling at 3 for 3 in the second over.
After bowling three successive wides in the first over, former National Under-19 pacer Sylus Tyndall trapped Clifton Lindee LBW for nought and then removed the off stump of Jamal La Fleur first ball. Tucber Park then lost Martin Singh first ball off Eon Hooper. Hooper soon had skipper Anthony D’Andrade LBW for 05 and held a return catch to remove Maxine De Jonge for 03 to leave the visitors reeling at 22 for 5 in the eight over. Tyndall then bowled by Clements for 12 in the 11th over as Tucber Park CC slumped further to 33 for 6.
Former RHTYSC member Damion Van-Tull then counterattacked his former teammates with a brutal 36 which included three boundaries and two sixes. He received vital support from Kwesi as they added 67 for the 7th wicket before national junior cricketers Jonathan Rampersaud held a brilliant caught to dismiss Van-Tull at 99 for 7. Mickle went on to remain unbeaten on a fine 50 as Tucber Park were bowled out in the 36th overs for 134. The fiery Tyndall took 3 for 31 from 6 overs, Hooper 3 for 20 (9 overs) and the talented Rampersaud 3 for 20 from 6 overs.
Jason Sinclair was named Man of the Finals for his crucial innings of 67. BCB President Hilbert Foster expressed gratitude to Ansa Mcal Managing Director Troy Cadogan for his support of Berbice Cricket and described the tournament as highly successful. Foster called on clubs in Berbice to be grateful for the progress been made and to assist the BCB. The BCB also announced to great applause that over $7M in sponsorship has been raised in just two weeks in 2020 as Berbice Cricket continues to expand.
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