Albion Goes To KO Final
Centuries from Guyana’s opening batsman Sewnarine Chattergoon and former Berbice Under-19 all-rounder Veerapen Permaul, spearheaded Albion Community Centre to a huge victory over Port Mourant in their semi-final of the 2013 Ramcharitar Construction Service first-division 50-over knockout competition in Berbice.
In the match played at Port Mourant, Albion Community Centre won the toss, batted first and benefitted from a 79-run opening stand between Chattergoon and Guyana Under-15 batsman Adrian Sukhwa, who made 23. Permaul, the younger brother of Test spinner Veerasammy Permaul, came in and together he and Chattergoon put on another 137 for the second wicket before Chattergoon was dismissed for 103, which included 14 fours.
Permaul continued, losing Guyana’s wicketkeeper/batsman Anthony Bramble for five at 245-3, but he found a good partner in leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and together they featured in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 71 to see Albion to 316-3 in their 50 overs. Permaul ended on 101 not out (10x4s) and Bishoo 38 not out.
When Port Mourant replied, they were faced with an all-spin attack and could manage only 204 in 43.5 overs, despite an enterprising 62 (3x4s, 3x6s) from Tony McKenzie and 42 from Nicholas Cameron.
Bowling for Albion, West Indies Under-19 left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie took 4-44 from 10 overs. Permaul, coming back with his off-spin, took 2-20 from five overs, and another off-spinner, Asif Ali, 2-34 from 6.5 overs. Albion won by 112 runs.
Meanwhile, Police also advanced to the final after defeating Young Warriors at the latter’s home ground in Cumberland.
In the match, which was reduced to 35 overs a side because of a late start due to preparation moisture, Police asked to take first strike reached a more than healthy 241-9 in 35 overs.
The innings was built on a quickfire 56 from just 22 balls from all-rounder Michael Newland. Chipping in were Kwesi Mickle with 30, Phelbert Willburgh 26 and Rocky Hutson 20.
Bowling for Young Warriors, former Berbice Under-19 off-spinning all-rounder Kevin Ramdeen took 3-50 from seven overs and former Berbice Under-19 pacer Suresh Dhanai 2-48 from five overs.
When Young Warriors replied, their openers Sasenarine Sukhdeo and Vishal Mohabir put on 88 for the first wicket in 16.2 overs, at which point Sukhdeo was bowled for 51 (6x4s). One run later, Mohabir was run out for 34 and Warriors were suddenly 89-2.
They got no respite as medium-pacer Kurt Griffith ripped through the middle-order, picking up four consecutive wickets to see them fall to 119-6. Videsh Singh, who made a half-century in the previous round, and Rudolph Baker tried to repair the damage, but after they had put on 36 they both fell in quick succession- Singh for 56 (6x4s) and Baker for 10.
Young Warriors eventually fell for 174 in 31.3 overs to lose by 69 runs. Bowling for Police, Griffith took 4-37 from seven overs and off-spinner Albert Sinclair 3-25 from 6.3 overs.