BCB/Ivan Madray Memorial 100 Balls Cricket Tournament…
– Rose Hall Town, Tucber Park clash in lone semi-final
Young Warriors Cricket Club on Sunday last advanced to their third successive
First-Division final after making a return to the level earlier this year.
They easily defeated Albion Community Centre Cricket Club in the second round, to draw the bye into the final of the Ivan Madray 100 Balls Tournament, which is sponsored by the Madray and Chintamani families in memory of the late West Indies Test player, the third Berbician and member of the historic Port Mourant Cricket Club to play Test Cricket. Powerhouse Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets crushed Rose Hall Canje Cricket Club by nine wickets to advance to the lone semi-final in a much-anticipated clash against Tucber Park Cricket Club.
At the historic Albion Ground, Young Warriors Cricket Club struggled to score quickly against the home team’s all-spin bowling attack. They lost national youth opener Alex Algoo bowled by left-arm spinner Gourav Ramesh for 12 while fellow
opener Vishal Mohabir was bowled by off-spinner Mahendra Chaitnarine for 5.
Young Warriors Cricket Club were eventually bowled out for 93 from 98 balls, with former Guyana Under-19 all-rounder Linden Austin, Mortimer Fraser and Ishwar Singh being the principal scorers. Bowling for Albion Community Centre, Beesham Surujnarine and Sharaz Ramcharran both took two wickets in an impressive bowling and fielding display.
In reply, Albion were in deep trouble, as left-arm medium pacer Devindra Ramoutar claimed two wickets in two balls and then dismissed a careless Kandasammy Surujnarine as they slipped to 14 for 4. They never recovered and were eventually dismissed for 67 from 13.5 overs with only Surujnarine and Devendra Latchman (22) reaching double figures. Ramoutar claimed dream figures of 5-9 and with fellow medium pacer Suresh Dhanai (2 for 9) were the impressive bowlers for the visitors.
In the second match at the venue, Rose Hall Canje Cricket Club were bundled out for 48 as Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets continued to dominate First-Division cricket in Berbice. All the Rose Hall Canje batsmen failed to reach double figures as left-arm spinner Keith Simpson claimed 4 for 7 and received support from off-spinners Junior Sinclair (2-8) and Eon Hooper (2-8). Rose Hall Town Gizmos &
Gadgets lost opener Kevin Sinclair caught at extra cover off the bowling of impressive Guyana Under-15 fast bowler Isaiah Thorne for 11. Junior Sinclair (18 not out) and Vidal Crandon (13 not out) then led their team to an easy nine-wicket victory as they ended on 50 for 1 from 42 balls.
The lone semi-final and the final will be played on Sunday, December 23, 2018, at the Port Mourant Ground. Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets and Tucber Park Cricket Club will clash at 09:30h, with the winner facing Young Warriors Cricket Club in the final from 13:30h.