DCC Win Last Ball Thriller
DCC’s first division team won its second game on the same day when they beat Young Warriors of Berbice by two runs off the last ball of an exhilarating T20 encounter at the DCC ground on Saturday night, to take the Trophy Stall Trophy donated by Ramesh Sunich.
The game was organized by the Guyana Floodlights Softball Association who installed the lights at DCC. With several national and inter-county players on show and pulsating music being played, it was an entertaining evening for the large turnout.
DCC, who on Saturday afternoon advanced to the final of the GCA’s Carib Beer T20 tournament by beating GNIC, were given an 80-run opening partnership between Trevon Griffith and Brian Sattaur. Sattaur, the only Guyanese captain to win the Regional Under-19 ‘double’, smashed three fours and a six in 2.4 before he fell to former Guyana player Gajanand Singh on his 28th birthday.
Griffith, in his last match before leaving for Jamaica to represent that Island’s Franchise in the WICB PCL, blasted five fours and five sixes in a shot-tilled 60 before he fell to Kevin Ramdeen at 117-2. West Indies Under-19 selectee Sherfane Rutherford hit two sixes and a four in an unbeaten 18 from six balls, while Kevon Boodie (15) also reached double figures as DCC posted 199-4.
The Cumberland team were led by an aggressive opening stand from West Indies Under-19 batsman Shemron Hetymer and Maxie Dejounge. They put together 50 before an enterprising unbeaten 61 from Ramdeen set up a thrilling finish to a contest many thought was over when lshwar Singh fell to Ashmead Nedd for 28 at 124-5.
Man-of-the Match Bamwell sent back Shemron Hetymer (27), Dejounge (15) and Gajanand Singh (7) to leave the Berbicians on 79-3 before Nedd removed Ishwar Singh and former Guyana Under-19 player and elder brother of Shemron Heytmer, Seon (17) who dumped Abdel Fudadin (younger brother of Assad Fudadin) for two sixes. At 148-5 all hopes seemed lost for the visitors.
It is said if you feed your faith your doubt will starve to death but even as Ramdeen, the younger sibling of former Guyana T20 opener Richard Ramdeen, stroked West Indies Undr-19 pacer Kemo Paul past his ankles for four and Guyana Under-19 player Kasim Khan clipped Rutherford for four more, the asking was climbing and the task seemed too much for the pair.
Ramdeen clobbered Rutherford for a six and then a four, leaving 24 to get off the final over bowled by Skipper Bamwell and there seemed little faith in Ramdeen pulling off a sensational victory. The first ball cost a single and it appeared a DCC win was a formality. But Ramdeen had other ideas.
Sixes off the next three balls meant that five were required from two balls and the doubt was getting less as faith in Ramdeen winning the match became stronger. Ramdeen steered to point and scampered, what on hindsight was an ill-advised single, leaving Khan to hit a boundary off the last ball. But the experienced Barnwell bowled a ‘slower ball’ which Khan missed and was run out going for a second bye.
But as Berbice Cricket Board President Anil Beharry said at the presentation ceremony, the match was decided off the very last ball and cricket was the winner.