GCB/PEPSI Inter-County 50 overs - Bishoo stars as final ends in a tie
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Discarded West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo starred with the ball, enabling former champions Berbice and defending champs Demerara to play to a tie in the final of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)/ Pepsi Senior Inter-county tournament at the Albion Community Center ground, last Sunday.
However, not even the efforts of Bishoo, who was later declared the Man-of-the-Match for his four wickets and Steven
Jacobs who struck an aggressive 33, were enough to take their respective team's completely over the line in a match which at one point looked close to being abandoned due to the morning's intermittent showers.
After the ground staff worked effortlessly in a bid to ensure that some play was contested, the match was reduced to a T20 affair and commenced at 13:30hrs, with Demerara winning the toss and electing to field. The Berbicians posted 131 for 3 off their 20 overs.
Openers Sewnarine Chattergoon and Anthony D’Andrade got off to a bright start, with boundaries off left-arm fast bowler Andre Stoll pushing the score to 73 for 1, before Chattergoon, who struck five fours in his 36, was bowled by Jacobs.
The all-rounder followed up his dismissal of the Berbice skipper, by getting rid of D’Andrade, who provided a catch to Paul Wintz as he fell for an aggressive 39, inclusive of four fours at 96 for 2, while slight showers later sent the players off the field with Berbice 120 for 2 in the penultimate over.
Upon resumption, Devon Clements (15 not out) and the pugnacious Jonathan Foo, who slammed a cameo 23 off of 13 deliveries inclusive of three fours and one six before he was caught by Wintz off the bowling of skipper Christopher Barnwell, give the Berbicians a respectable total to defend.
Jacobs grabbed 2 wickets for Demerara, who, after the Duckworth/Lewis method was applied, were given a revised target of 151 for victory. Their openers Trevon Griffith 19 (3x4) and Robin Bacchus 20 (2x4) put the home team bowlers to the sword, posting 39 for the first wicket.
The introduction of Krisendat Ramoo after four overs, saw the demise of Griffith who looked dangerous before he was caught by Rajiv Ivan off Ramoo and was followed by an aggressive-looking Bacchus, who picked out Foo off Clements.
Shemroy Barrington (3) and Rajendra Chandrika tried to steady the ship, but the Berbicians, who surrendered the title to Demerara last year, would not allow them to do so, as they removed Barrington at 53 for 3 in the 9th over.
Enter Barnwell, the tournament’s most prolific batsman, to partner Chandrika and many felt that this duo, having done an exemplary job for the defending champions in the middle, would have seen Demerara home, especially after the skipper lofted his first delivery from Ramoo for six.
However, Chattergoon entrusted the ball to Bishoo, who had a brilliant record against Essequibo in the previous game in which he claimed 6 for 13, and immediately, the Albion leg-spinner had Chandrika smartly stumped by Anthony Bramble for 13.
Barnwell continued with his pugnacious attitude by dumping Bishoo effortlessly out of the venue while in partnership with Jacobs, before he was deceived by Bishoo and skied a catch to mid off at 89 for 5.
Demerara needed 44 from 30 deliveries to complete back-to-back wins over Berbice but lost Jacobs whose 33 was compiled from 19 deliveries and included three fours and one six, with 27 more needed from two overs.
Derwin Christian (6), Zaheer Mohammed-Shadir (7) and Shaquille Williams (10) were all dismissed as Demerara started the final over which was bowled by Keon Joseph, in search of 13 for victory, but Stoll and Wintz could only get 12, as Bishoo 4 for 32 got support from Ramoo and Hooper who took 2 wickets each for 24 and 33 runs respectively.