Albion Community Centre and Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets reach finals
BCB/Elizabeth Styles Under-21 Cricket Tournament
Since 2000, the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS and the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club have been rated as the top two cricket teams in Berbice, and have faced each other in numerous finals. They will soon face each other again in the 2019 Berbice Cricket Board/Elizabeth Styles Under-21 Final.
Albion Community Centre defeated Young Warriors Cricket Club by a whopping 247 runs at Albion, while Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets got past Tucber Park Cricket Club by 63 runs at the Hampshire Ground.
At the historic Albion Ground, the home team won the toss, batted first, and amassed 284 all out in 49.2 overs. Captain Adrian Sukwa top scored with a well played 70 to continue his rich vein of form. He received solid support from Sarwan Chaitnarine 40, Kevin Umrao 46, Jeetendra Outar 23, Reyad Karim 21, and Ramesh Kasinauth 28. Bowling for Young Warriors Cricket Club, Ricardo Ramdehol with 2 for 33, J. Persaud with 3 for 55, and J. Frank with 3 for 34 were the successful bowlers.
West Indies Under-19 selectee Kevin Umrao’s 4 for 04 and Mahendra Chaitnarine’s 4 for 15 then combined to bowl out Young Warriors Cricket Club for a meagre 37 from 13.2 overs as only Alex Algoo with 15 and Ricardo Ramdehol with 10 reached double figures.
Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets, the 2018 Runners-up to Blairmont Community Centre, batted first after winning the toss against Tucber Park Cricket Club. They were given a solid 100-run opening partnership in 17 overs by Kevin Sinclair and Junior Sinclair, before the latter was dismissed for 33. Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets eventually ended on 256 all out in 48.1 overs. Kevin Sinclair top scored with 69, while Jonathan Rampersaud with 20, Mahendra Gopilall with 24, Chanderpaul Govindan with 17 and Sylus Tyndall with 16 supported. Medium pacer Gevon Schultz took 3 for 35 and off-spinner Melvin Singh took 2 for 37 to bowl well for the visitors.
Needing to score at just over five runs per over, the visitors were restricted to 193 all out in 44.2 overs, as left arm spinner Keith Simpson took 4 for 29, and was well supported by Kevlon Anderson with 2 for 28, Junior Sinclair with 1 for 21, and Jonathan Rampersaud with 1 for 38. National Under-17 batsman Leon Swammy played a gem of an innings to end on 66 not out, while Steve Deonarine with 15 and skipper Garfield Benjamin with 43 all batted well.
The Final would be played at the Port Mourant Cricket Ground on a date to be announced. The tournament is being sponsored by the U.S.A. based cosmetics company Elizabeth Styles.