BCB/Universal DVD Club T20 - Bermine face West Berbice for championship honours tomorrow … RHTGG, Albion meet in third-place showdown
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - A new champion will be crowned tomorrow, when the curtain comes down on this year’s Berbice Cricket Board (BCB)-organised, Universal DVD Club-sponsored first division T20 tournament, with the playing of the final between two giant-killers, Bermine and West Berbice at the Albion Community Centre ground.
Prior to the final which bowls off at 13:30hrs will be the third-place clash between last year’s champions Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets (RHTGG) and the team they defeated in the final, Albion Cricket Club, which bowls off at 09:30hrs.
There will also be a softball exhibition encounter between Berbice Titans and Corentyne All Stars which is expected to be a 10/10 affair and commences at 12:00hrs. Dancing girls from the X-Factor Dance troupe, trampoline and bouncy castles will also be a part of the day’s action.
However, predicting a winner in the final of a tournament that commenced last year but was hampered by the prolonged inclement weather, is not easy, since both teams have strengths in different departments.
For their part, Bermine have more recognised batsmen with the likes of the former national opening batsman Shemroy Barrington, who has so far scored 172 crucial runs in three innings at an average of 86 runs per innings and Berbice opening batsman Anthony D’Andrade who will lead the side.
Former national Under-19 all-rounder Joemal LaFleur, Devon Clements and Romario Shepherd, Keion DeJesus who scored a timely 39 in the semi-final against RHTGG along with former Demerara all-rounder Damien Vantull and Hakeem Hinds will lend support with the bat.
Bermine have a spin-based attack, which choked up some teams recently, comprising off-spinners Clements, LaFleur and Kevin Pellew as well as left-arm spinner Vantull, while the difficult-to-score-off Shepherd, Mark Jackman, Orlando Tanner and Nial Smith will take care of the new ball.
However, the Bermine batsmen will have to tread carefully against the West Berbice’s four-prong pace attack which is their main strength and is being led by current national fast bowler Keon Joseph, who will be looking to leave a mark on the tournament.
Added support will come from former Guyana and West Indies pacer Brandon Bess who has been on a resurgent path of late, Raun Johnson and Wrendell Bobb, while medium pacer Keith Fraser has recently picked up crucial wickets at intervals.
They also have one of the most frugal bowlers in Berbice cricket in off-spinner Krishendat Ramoo as well as another off-spinner Andrew Dutchin.
Their batting lineup is not so impressive, but batsmen of the calibre as hard-hitting Fraser, former Berbice batsman Arthley Bailey, Sherwin McPherson, Rafael Estriado, Dutchin and even Ramoo can pose a threat to any Bermine total.
The umpires for this one are Zaheer Moakan and Imran Moakan with Clement Brusche as the standby and for the third place playoff, RHTGG will be strengthened by the return of West Indies ‘A’ team middle order batsman Assad Fudadin.
He will receive support from national Under-19 captain Shawn Pereira, Eon Hooper, Jason Sinclair, Dominique Rikhi, Rajiv Ivan, Daniel Lewis and Brandon Prashad, as the former champions will be fielding a very young team against their nemesis.
Albion are not known for allowing slipups, and the one recorded against West Berbice in the semifinal last Saturday was surely an eye-opener.
Their supporters who will be thronging the venue can expect players like Sewnarine Chattergoon, Kandasammy Surujnarine, Anthony Bramble, Jonathan Foo, Shiraz Ramcharran and Veerapen Permaul to ensure their team’s supremacy against a nemesis, irrespective of whether their lineup is a young or old one.