10th RHTYSC Busta Champion of Champions
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - The 10th edition of the now popular Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTYSC)-organised, Guyana Beverage Company Busta-sponsored ‘Champion of Champions’ 50 overs tournament finally got under way last Saturday after being delayed for over three months due to the rainy season.
The tournament, which is featuring the top eight first division teams in the Ancient County and was first organised in 2004, saw opening round wins for Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets (RHTGG), Albion, Port Mourant and Young Warriors, who have all advanced to the semifinals.
Defending champions RHTGG crushed Upper Corentyne by nine wickets at the Area ‘H’ ground, limiting their opponents to 173 for 9, after they got a flying start from openers Fawaz Mohamed (14) and Somedat Singh (17), who posted 31 for in just four overs.
They slipped to 90 for 6 in the 20th over but solid batting from Deoprakash Ramdat 27, Lakeram Latchman 16 and Parmeshwar Chatterpaul led them to their eventual total, as national Under-19 skipper Shawn Pereira claimed 3 for 27 and Shailendra Shameer 2 for 15.
There was a wicket each for Royston Crandon, Clinton Pestano and Eon Hooper for RHTGG, who in reply scored 177 for 1 in 32.1 overs, thanks to Delbert Hicks 85 (8×4, 2×6) and Dominic Rikhi 65*, who added 139 from 22.1 overs for the first wicket, while Jason Sinclair chipped in with an unbeaten 22.
At the Port Mourant ground, the home team brushed aside the challenge of Universal Solutions Bermine by 75 runs.
Port Mourant were indebted to a classy top score of 55 from the talented Joshua Ramsammy as they scored 189 in 47 overs, as Ramsammy received support from Andrew Lyght Jr 27 and Yogendra Harrinarine 25.
Kevin Pellew 3 for 27 and Stephen Latcha 2 for 22 were the successful bowlers for Universal Solutions Bermine, who in reply were bundled out for a paltry 114 in just 29.2 overs. Only Keon De Jesus 45 and Joemal La Fleur 19 offered any resistance to the destructive bowling of left-arm spinner Robert Moore 6 for 13 and off-spinner Devindra Thakurdeen 2 for 21.
Young Warriors held their nerves to squeeze past Blairmont by just three runs at the Cumberland ground in Canje.
The home team was indebted to a fine innings from Kevin Ramdeen who held his team’s innings together with a patient 53 (5×4, 1×6) after they had slumped to 1 for 2 in the third over. Suresh Dhanai 28 and Vishal Mohabir 22 offered support as Young Warriors were dismissed for 149 in 41 overs.
Promising leg-spinner Kevin Jawahir 4 for 23 and left-arm spinner Deveshwari Prashad 3 for 27 bowled well for Blairmont, who in reply were bowled out for 146 in 42.1 overs, Rameshwar Samaroo who batted at number 11 was run-out in a terrible mix-up.
Jawahir returned with the bat to top score with 45 while Altaz Khan 21 and Parmanand Ramdhan 20 offered support, against the bowling of Dhanai 2 for 28, Shaquille Williams 2 for 19 and Hubern Evans 2 for 13, who were the best bowlers for the home team.
Playing at the Albion ground, Albion defeated West Berbice by six wickets in their fixture, scoring 141 for 3 in 32.1 overs, in reply to West Berbice’ 140 all out off 46.2 overs.
West Berbice, who won the toss and elected to take first strike, saw former Berbice Under-19 player Leroy Bristol topscoring with 28 and received support from Kellon Carmichael 24 and Sherwin McPherson 20.
National leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, Veerasammy Permaul and Anthony Bramble were the lone players not to contract the flu bug that plagued the Malta Supreme Guyana team in the just concluded NAGICO Super50 tournament. Bishoo took 4 for 26, while Permaul and Jonathan Foo supported with two wickets each.
In Albion’s reply, former national Under-19 opener Kandasammy Surujnarine struck six fours in his unbeaten 50, while Bishoo returned to hit seven fours in his unbeaten 48 to steer their team home, even as Keon Joseph snared 2 for 28 for West Berbice.
For the semi-finals Albion would clash with Port Mourant at the PMCC ground while RHTGG would host Young Warriors at the Area ‘H’ ground on Saturday. The winners will meet on a date to be announced for the $100 000 first prize and the Busta trophy.