RHT Takes Busta Title

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

RHTY&SC/Busta ‘Champion of Champions’…

Rose Hall Town Gismos & Gadgets’ continued their unbeaten run at home this year when they won a nail-biter yesterday at their Area H-based venue against Albion Cricket Club.

Kandasammy Surujnarine was caught behind to give Eon Hooper his second wicket (Photo: Rajiv Bisnauth)

Riding on a superbly paced eight-wicket stance of 41 between Esaun Crandon and Lloydel Lewis, the home team overcame a mid-innings collapse to edged Albion by two wickets in the final of Rose Hall Town Youth & Sport Club Busta ‘Champion of Champions’ 50 overs tournament, claiming their eighth Busta title of the competition’s nine-year existence.

The host team coasted to 141 for 8 in 32 overs despite a tentative start and loss of wickets at crucial periods, chasing chasing down Albion’s modest total.

Earlier, the game was reduced to 40 overs due to early morning rain, which saw Albion CC being inserted to bat. They had a brief flurry at the start of the innings before they dramatically collapsed to end on 140 from 33.3 overs.

Former West Indies opening batsman Sewnarine Chattergoon and Kandasammy Surujnarine shared 55 from 64 balls for the first wicket. Chattergoon’s intention was clear from the start, since he was the more aggressive of the two batsmen, while Surujnarine was content with playing second fiddle.

However, off-spinner Royston Crandon made the vital breakthrough with his fourth ball when he had Chattergoon caught by Rajiv Ivan at backward point. Chattergoon smashed four fours and a six in his 30. Subsequently, wickets fell at regular intervals as the team found itself in a muddle at 122 for 5 in the 26th over after devastating bursts from the home team’s spinners.

Hail the Champions! Rose Hall Town Gismos and Gadgets pose with the winnings after completed a two wicket win in the 9th Busta ‘Champion of Champions’ final. Also in photo are Guyana Beverage Company, General Manager Robert Selman and staff (Photo: Rajiv Bisnauth)

Only Surujnarine, who was named batsman of the final for his topscore of 38 (3×4), Jonathan Foo (18) and Sharaz Ramcharran (10) were the other batsmen that reached double figures. For the hosts, skipper Shawn Pereira who was later adjudged bowler of the final finished with 4-13 and was supported by Sharaz Ramcharran (2-7), Eon Hooper (2-22) and Royston Crandon (2-23).

In their run chase, RHTY&SC innings, stumbled at the start and were reduced to 21 for 2 after, losing the wickets of Dominique Rikhi (3) and Renwich Baston (9) in the fourth over. Delbert Hicks and Rajiv Ivan then added 31 runs for the third wicket before they suffered a major batting collapse and were reduced to 97 for 7.

Hicks made 27, Ivan, 25, the experienced Royston Crandon, 21, Pereira and Eon Hooper failed to score as Albion bowlers kept a firm grip on proceedings with spinners Chattergoon, Devendra Bishoo and Gudekash Motie-Kanahi being the respective wicket takers.

The experienced Esaun Crandon and Lloydel Lewis joined forces and squashed any hope Albion had of victory when they took the score to 139 with sensible rotation of the strike with the occasional boundaries. Crandon eventually fell for 30 with Lewis remaining unbeaten on 15 while Clinton Pestano scored the remaining two runs for victory.

Man-of-the-Match Chattergoon and Bishoo finished with 2-33 and 2-38 respectively while Motie-Kanahi and Foo claimed a wicket apiece.