Courtland All Stars lift Rafik & Sons T20 trophy
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Courtland All Stars humbled the powerful Albion Community Centre to take this year’s Berbice Cricket Board organised Raffik and Sons Construction Services sponsored second division T20 in the Lower/Central Corentyne area.
In the final played at the Chesney Ground, they outplayed the youthful Albion Community Centre soundly enough to beat them by eight wickets and with nine overs to spare.
Albion Community Centre winning the toss and taking first strike opened with the line-up of two most established batsmen in Kandasammy Surujnarine and Balchan Baldeo, who between then gave their team a solid start by taking 14 off the first over bowled by Keon Sinclair.
However, they only got 2 off the second over from off-spinner, Troy Mathieson, before Sinclair removed both openers in back to back overs, with Baldeo making 15 and Surujnarine 5 to leave Albion on 25 for 2 after 4.2 overs, which was still a fair run rate.
However, the young batsmen tried to challenge the bowling of Mathieson; all three – off-spinner Travis Williams, pacer Michael Cummings, and medium pacer John Percival tried but to no avail.
It took some perseverance from Berbice Under-17 cricketer, Ritesh Umrou, who made an unbeaten 20 to steer Albion to 94 for 6 off their 20 overs, against the bowling of Sinclair who ended with 2 for 31, while there was a wicket each for Mathieson and Michael Cummins.
When Courtland All Stars replied, Mathieson and Eon Gibson hit Baldeo for 13 runs in the first over, setting the stage for an onslaught, before Baldeo had Mathieson caught for 11 at 18 for 1 in the third over.
Cummins joined Gibson and the mayhem resumed with the two of them putting on 51 between them in 7.2 overs, before Cummings went for 21 (2×6, 1×4), following which Sinclair joined Gibson at 69 for 2 in the 10th over and took eight more balls to steer Courtland All Stars to 98 for 2 in 11 overs with Gibson finishing unbeaten on 34 and Sinclair 11.
Gibson was adjudged Man-of-the-Match, Courtland All Stars received the winning trophy and $20,000, while Albion Community Centre uplifted $10,000.
Meanwhile Fyrish emerged third in the competition after they defeated Port Mourant by 50 runs, scoring 165 for 5 with Monilall Shivdyal topscoring with 40, and Yudindra Chainaen and Javed Mohammed offering support with 20 each.
In reply, Port Mourant were bowled out for 115 in 19.4 overs, with only Rudrunauth Lauchman resisting the opposition bowlers in Shivdyal (3 for 22) and Hassan Hussain (2 for 26), with his 23.