BCB/BCCD Independence T20

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Guyana Chronicle
Calvin Roberts

THANKS to some pugnacious hitting from man of the match Jonathan Foo, Universal DVD Club Berbice Titans took the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB)/Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development (BCCD) Independence T20 title, with an exciting nine runs victory over Hits and Jams Superstars at the Albion Sports Club ground last Saturday night.

Foo struck three sixes and three fours in his 22 balls 41 which along with Sewnarine Chattergoon’s unbeaten 24 (27 balls, 2x4) took the Titans who chose to bat first after they won the toss, to 94 for 2 from their 10 overs, sharing an unbeaten 54 runs third wicket partnership in the process, that took them 4.5 overs to accumulate.

Richard Ramdeen 15 (8balls, 2x6) and Joemal La Fleur 06 (1x4) were the two batsmen to be dismissed by Hits and Jams Superstars, who saw Andrew Lyght Jnr. displaying a no nonsense mood, as he struck seven sixes and one four in his 21 balls 49.

However, only Elton Baker who made 16 (1x4, 1x6) off eight deliveries, reached double figures as the Titans who displayed a never say die attitude, even when Lyght was dispatching deliveries over the ropes with ease, dismissed their opponents for 85 from 8.3 overs to take the $400,000 first prize.

Earlier in the semi-finals, Titans made heavy weather of their target before they defeated Karibee Rice Tigers by four wickets, while Hits and Jams Superstars were forced to use the Super Over eliminator, to dispatch of New Line Cavaliers in their matchup.

Winning the toss and opting to field first, the Titans who are yet to be defeated in the shorter format of the game here in Guyana, dismissed the Tigers for 117 from 14.5 overs, after early morning rain forced a late start, while the organizers reduced the quota of overs by five when play got underway at 15:00hrs.

Clinton Pestano 28 (3x6, 25 balls), Devon Clements 21 (2x6, 15 balls) and Keith Fraser 20 (2x6, 1x4, 12 balls) led the Tigers’ batting against the bowling of Titans and West Indies ‘A’ team skipper Veerasammy Permaul, who took 5 for 8 and Sewnarine Chattergoon’s 3 for 20.

In reply, Tigers’ skipper Shawn Pereira and Mark Lionel who both took 2 for 15, restricted the Titans to 49 for 4 in the seventh over, before Foo struck four fours and two sixes in his 36 that took him 20 balls to score, while Khemraj Mahadeo made an unbeaten 28 off 16 balls (3x6, 1x4) to take them to 118 for 6 from 12.4 overs.

In the Tigers’ innings, Michael Newland (1-16) removed Harrinarine Chattergoon without scoring in the first over, while Sewnarine Chattergoon accounted for Renwick Batson who was caught by Mahadeo at long on for two.

When Sewnarine Chattergoon sent back Kevin Ramdeen (03), Karibee Rice Tigers were 20 for 3, before Clements got things started with a six over long on off Chattergoon, following which he held out to Mahadeo in the same position.

Pestano added some respectability to the total by hitting Brandon Bess, whose figures read 0.2-0-17-0, for six over extra cover as the former West Indies fast bowler struggled to maintain a line and length and was removed from the attack after sending down two waist- high full pitched deliveries.

Fraser also got into the boundary hitting act, when he struck discarded West Indies leg spinner Devendra Bishoo for 4, 6, 6 in one over, but in the end, his team’s meager total of 117 was not enough against the powerful Universal DVD Club Berbice Titans.

Certainly, the Tigers must have scented victory, when they removed Sewnarine Chattergoon (34; 3x4, 2x6), Richard Ramdeen (12), Joemal La Fleur (01) and Rajiv Ivan (00), to leave their opponents who were comfortably placed at 45 without loss, on 49 for 4.

Foo and Mahadeo repaired the damage adding 50 for the fifth wicket from 4.3 overs, with Foo hitting Pereira for a hat trick of fours in the eighth over, while the batsman later struck Pestano for 4, 6, 6 before he holed out to Kevin Ramdeen at deep midwicket two balls later.

In the second semifinal, Hits and Jams Superstars struggled against the New Line Cavaliers’ bowling attack which also included national wicketkeeper Darwin Christian, and were limited to 83 for 9 from their 15 overs.

Robin Bacchus top scored with 20 (1x4, 1x6), Shemroy Barrington struck two sixes in his 17 while Wasim Haslim hit two fours in his 15 at the top of the order, but no other batsman reached double figures for the Tyrell Tull led Hits and Jams lineup.

Andre Percival (3-16), Balram Samaroo (2-9) and Anthony Ifill who removed Lyght Jnr. with the second delivery of the match for duck, ended with 2 for 19 for New Line Cavaliers, who lost the cream of their batting to be shakily placed on 18 for 5 in the fifth over of their reply.

Farouk Hussain 09 (2x4), Waheid Edwards (02), Gajanand Singh (00), Christian (00) and Ifill (00) were back in the pavilion, as Bacchus who was used as a trump card by Tull ahead of Amir Khan and Zaheer Mohammed, reaped success on his way to taking 3 for 12.

Troy Gonsalves 31 (24 balls, 3x4; 2x6) and Paul Wintz (07) added 30 for the sixth wicket, with Gonsalves hitting Jeetendra Sookhdeo for 4 and 6 in one over, followed by another six off Andre Stoll, before Wintz was caught at the wicket by Tull off Bacchus.

Gonsalves was sent back by Stoll two deliveries after hitting the bowler for six and when Tull entrusted Mohammed with the ball to bowl the final over, New Line Cavaliers were looking to four for victory and a place in the final, with Percival and Budhan Baksh at the wicket.

However, even though Mohammed conceded three off the first three deliveries, Percival found it difficult to score the lone run needed for victory, picking out Beaton who was also removed from the bowling attack for two dangerous deliveries, off the final ball.

It was down to the Super Over, in which Hits and Jams scored 12 runs and restricted New Line Cavaliers under that score, thanks to Beaton.

At the presentation ceremony that followed, Hits and Jams received their runner-up prize of $200,000, Karibee Rice Tigers and New Line Cavaliers got $100,000 as the losing semifinalist, Tull received the Best Fielder prize, Permaul (Best Bowler) and Lyght Jnr. (Batsman with highest score).

An added incentive of $5,000 for every boundary struck by a batsman in the final and $10,000 for every wicket taken by Bishoo in the final, was donated by D. Arjune and Sons, an ardent cricket enthusiast, while the BCB thanked the fans and the list of sponsors for their worthy support in making the tournament a success.