Berbice All Stars Take Female Title
A brilliant all round display from female West Indies player Shemaine Campbelle led Berbice All Stars (BAS) to the female title of this year’s Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) organized nationwide female 10/10 title and G$1m at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence last night, when they defeated Lusignan Street Warriors (LSW) by nine runs.
Asked to take first strike by their opponents, BAS raced to 63 from four overs before they lost Umalia Bramdit (42, 3x4; 1x6), who opened the batting with Campbelle who made 46 that was decorated with four fours and one six.
Nalini Sumintra ended with 1-24 for LSW, who were held to 89-6 from their 10 overs, with skipper Dawn Nicholls leading the way with 33, while Melissa Cummings, who had four lives, from the Ancient County based female team, offered support with 19.
Earlier in the day, LSW defeated the highly favoured Trophy Stall Angels by 19 runs while Berbice All Stars humiliated Mike’s Wellwoman by seven wickets in their respective female semi-final matches, while Celebrity Time and Wolf Warriors disposed of Universal Solution Tigers (UST) and Regal XI in their male semi-final encounters.
Batting first, LSW scored 104-2 from their 10 overs, with Cummings who was later declared the player of the match leading the way with an unbeaten 37 decorated with two sixes, while adding 63 for the second wicket with Nichols who made 35 (4x4).
In reply, Trophy Stall Angels lost female West Indies wicketkeeper/batter June Ogle Thomas (08) in the first over of the match and never recovered, even though they finished on 85-5 from their 10 overs, with Tanisha Ishack (30) and Tremayne Smartt 16 being the leading scorers.
Cummings returned to scalp 2-14 for LSW, who left their opponents to be contented with a cash prize of $50,000 as they went on to compete for the G$1m first prize.
In the second female semi final, Mike’s Wellwoman were asked to take first strike by their opponents who limited them to 79 for 8 from their 10 overs, with Joann Van Sertima 31 (2x4) and Victoria Bacchus 24 (3x4, 1x6) being their leading scorers as four of their players succumbed to the run out route.
When BAS batted, Campbell and Erva Giddings added 67 from 7.1 overs before Giddings was bowled by Bacchus’ (1-17) first delivery of the match for 21 (2x4).
Campbelle continued on for her side, hitting five fours in her unbeaten 42 that guided Berbice All Stars to 83-3 from 9.3 overs, as she took the player of the match award.
In the male semi finals, Celebrity Times were asked to take first strike by UST and reached 87-6, with Balram Samaroo leading the way with 27 and received support from David Lukenauth and Arshad Farouk who made 17 each.
Imran Hussain took 2-8 for UST, who were limited to 72-7 in reply, even though Altaf Yakim and Kerage Ramdat led the batting with 29 and 21 respectively, as Lukenauth returned to take 2-15 for his side, while Samaroo was declared the man of the match.
The Regal XI/ Wolf Warriors encounter was deemed a virtual final by most of the spectators gathered at the venue, and certainly the action on the field lived up to such a billing.
Regal XI won the toss and batted first, but managed to score 92-9 from their 10 overs, with Chien Gittens 22 and Mohammed Arjune 20 leading the batting against the bowling of Diaram Persaud and Davanand Persaud taking 3-12 and 2-16 respectively.
When Wolf Warriors batted, Amit Jairam’s unbeaten 55 made off 20 deliveries and decorated with six sixes and three fours guided them to 96-3 from 7.3 overs, with Youghistir Bachan offering support with 17 that included two fours.
Following their respective victory, Berbice All Stars did a lap of honour around the venue which ended in front of the Blue Stand (originally Green Stand), where a large gathering of their supporters were present.
Up to press time, Wolf Warriors and UST were contesting the men’s final, where the winner was guaranteed a whopping G$2m.