2019 BCB/Stag Beer 50 Overs First Division Tournament
ꟷ Tucber Park, Upper Corentyne in lone semi
Veteran middle order batsman Delbert Hicks continues to enjoy a remarkable comeback to the Berbice first division cricket after a year absence.
Hicks struck a crucial sixty to spearhead his team Rose Hall Town Namilco Thunderbolt Flour to a three wickets victory over archrivals Albion in the quarterfinals of the BCB/Stag Beer 50 overs first division tournament at the Area H Ground.
RHT Namilco Thunderbolt now awaits the winner of Upper Corentyne and Tucber Park lone semifinals match after drawing a bye. Upper Corentyne continued their remarkable progress in the tournament by defeating Blairmont by one wicket at the No 69 Ground while Tucber Park got pass arch-rivals Young Warriors by three wickets at the Cumberland Ground in Canje.
The three matches attracted sizeable crowds as the packed 2019 BCB season continues with numerous cricket tournaments.
The Stag Beer 50 overs tournament, which has been sponsored by Ansa McAl started with eleven teams divided into three zones.
The top two teams from each Zone advanced to the second round, which was played on Sunday.
At the Area ‘H’ Ground, Albion led by national player Gudakesh Motie won the toss and elected to bat.
Openers Ritesh Umroa and Jetindra Outar added 25 for the first wicket before off spinner Kevin Sinclair had Umroa caught by Keith Simpson for 12.
Former National pacer Sylus Tyndall then dismissed Sarwan Chaitnarine (00) and Motie (01) to leave Albion reeling at 29 for 3 in the seventh over.
An impressive looking Ramesh Kasinauth then stroked an attractive 78 including six boundaries and three maximum and received support from Outar, 27, Anthonio February, 19, and Beesham Surujnarine, 12, as Albion recovered to reach 204 all out in 46.1 overs under very hot weather.
Off spinner Junior Sinclair 3 for 40 from 10 overs, Keith Simpson 3 for 40 from 9.1 overs and Sylus Tyndall 2 for 36 from seven overs bowled well. RHT Namilco Thunderbolt Flour losted Kevin Sinclair (03), Kevin Sewraj (00) and Jason Sinclair (01) to be 36 for 3 in the 7th over but Hicks and Junior Sinclair added 60 crucial runs before Sinclair fell for a mature 49.
West Indies Under 19 selectee Kevlon Anderson joined Hicks for a crucial 54 runs fifth wicket stand before Hicks was caught at cover off the bowling of Motie for a well played 60 including four boundaries and three maximums.
Anderson (39) and the talented Jonathan Rampersaud then featured in run a ball 45-run partnership.
Rampersaud (20) not out and Skipper Shawn Pereira (07 not out) were at crease when victory was achieved in the 47th over.
Gudakesh Motie took 3 for 20 from 10 tight overs while Gourav Ramesh 1 for 46, Kandasammy Surujnarine and Kevin Umroa took a wicket apiece.
Upper Corentyne squeezed past Blairmont by one wicket as Skipper Viendra Gooniah defied on injured leg to bat over three overs to score the required five runs with the last pair at the crease. Blairmont won the toss and batted first on a pitch with some level of uneven bounce at the No69 Ground.
Blairmont were bowled out for 113 in 31.2 overs with National Player Nigel Deodat 27,Zaheer Nazir 24,Seon Glasgow 14 and Kevin Jawahir 18 been the main scorers.Off spinner Devindra Budhoo 4for 12 from 5 overs Gooniah 2 for 14 and Lakeram Latchman 2 for 14 were Upper Corentyne best bowler.
The home team in response, achieved victory at 115 for 9 in 30.5 overs. The hard hitting Amardeo Hemchand, 27, Naeem Yacoob, 23 and Latchman Roopchand, 15, batted well as Blairmont employed on all spin bowling attack. Nigel Deodat returned with the ball to take 2 for 21 (10 overs) Shabeer Baksh 2 for 18 and left arm spinner Waquar Hassan 4 for 20.
Tucber Park CC defeated Young Warriors CC at the Cumberland Ground.YWCC rattled up 180 for 9 from 50 overs with Seon Hetmyer, 66, Alex Algoo, 35, Kassim Khan, 24 and Vishal Mohabir, 19, been the principal scorers. Left arm spinner Damion Van Tull had 3 for 43 from 10 overs and Nial Smith 4 for 19 from 9 overs were the wreckers for the New Amsterdam based team,which is coached by level Three Coach Julian Moore.
Tucber Park were led by Devon Clements (40), Clifton Lindee (28) and Leon Swammy 30 not out achieved victory at 186 for7 from 47.2 overs. Left arm spinners Kassim Khan and Trevon Stanislaus took 3 for 30 from 10 0vers and 2 for 30 respectively in a losing cause. The lone semifinals between Upper Corentyne and Tucber Park will be played on Saturday October 12 at the Tucber Park venue.
President of the BCB Hilbert Foster has indicated that first division teams will also be involved in a two-day, 40-over and 20/20 tournament for the remainder of 2019.