Mar 04, 2021 Sports
Kaieteur News – The effort of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) to promote the game of cricket at the local level on Sunday last received a major boost with the hosting of four grassroot tournaments. Two of the grassroot tournaments were played at the Fyrish and Chesney grounds.
At the Fyrish Ground, new comers Kilcoy Cricket Club defeated the home team to lift the first ever Chattergoon brothers Challenge Cup. Four teams in the area participated in the one-day tournament – Fyrish, Kilcoy, Nigg Intruders and Courtland.
In the opening rounds, Kilcoy defeated Courtland by twenty-five runs, while Fyrish crushed Nigg Intruders by nine wickets. In the final, Fyrish were dismissed for just ninety-five runs in fifteen of their allotted twenty overs. Chandradatt Roopnarine top scored with 33 (4×4, 2×6), while Kevin Subramanie chipped in with 19 (2×4). Steve Persaud took 5 for 11 and Jamal Cort 2 for 16. Needing to score 99 runs from 20 overs to lift their first ever BCB Second Division title, Kilcoy raced to 100 for 1 in just nine overs as Kevin Persaud blasted 51 not out from just twenty balls with six sixes and three boundaries. Levi Thomas supported with an unbeaten 30 (3×6, 2×4), Kevin Subramanie took the only wicket to fall for 29 runs. Persaud was named Man of the Final for his winning knock.
Over at the Chesney Ground, the home team eased past Jai Hind CC while Sand Reef defeated Albion Open in the opening rounds. Sandreef were making a welcome return to Berbice Cricket after an absence of over a decade. The final was reduced to fifteen overs per side after a passing rain shower had affected play for over an hour.
Chesney batting first, reached an impressive 169 for 5 from their allotted overs with Naresh Kissoon top scoring with 80 not out from 30 balls with six boundaries and seven massive sixes. Imran Khan 14 and Narine Deonarine 15 were the other batsmen to reached double figures. Raplh Balkarran took 3 for 27 for Sand Reef, who in reply were restricted to 111 for 5 to lose by 58 runs. Leon Ramsammy top scored with an impressive 46, while Keion Hafeez supported with 21. Veteran Bowler Narine Deonarine took two wickets for eleven runs from his two overs. Kissoon was named Man of the Final.
Chairman of the BCB Competition Committee Leslie Solomon hailed the two tournaments as huge successes and committed the Berbice Board to hosting them on an annual basis. The tournaments were the brain child of BCB President Hilbert Foster and their objectives are to promote the game at the grassroot levels, to give weaker clubs the opportunity to win a BCB tournament, to renew passion for the game after the enforced one year break due to the corona virus and to identify new talents for the county.
The Chattergoon Brothers Cup was sponsored by former West Indies Under19 player Hemnarine Chattergoon, while the Deonarine Challenge Cup was supported by former test all rounder Narsingh Deonarine.
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