West Berbice looking to break the jinx
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC)/National Milling Company (Namilco)/Bakewell-sponsored Champion of Champions 20/20 cricket competition will start on April 21 and climax on May 26.
Proceeds from the competition will go towards the purchase of a mini-bus to assist in the transportation needs of the RHTY&SC.
ANSA McAL Trading is also on board with the RHTY&SC for this tournament, having earned the bar rights.
The tournament will feature eight teams competing in a knockout format with the champion receiving $200,000, the biggest prize for a champion team in a tournament organised by a club in Berbice.
The runner-up will collect $100,000, while the third and fourth place finishers will pocket $50,000 and $25,000 respectively. The Man-of-the-Match in the final will be $10,000 richer.
Battling for supremacy will be West Berbice, Blairmont, Bermine, Young Warriors, Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets, Port Mourant, Skeldon and Albion.
Starting today, Guyana Times will profile each team ahead of the highly anticipated competition, which will be played at three venues in the ancient county: the Skeldon, Port Mourant and Albion grounds. Below is a mini-profile of the West Berbice team.
The lads of West Berbice over the years have always been considered the princes of Berbice cricket – always near the throne but never sitting on it.
They have reached numerous semi-finals but have failed to get past that stage. They recently reached the semi-finals of the Carib Beer 20/20 Cup, but were beaten once again at this stage by the Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets (RHTGG) team.
West Berbice will clash with Young Warriors at Albion on April 21 in their opening match of the Namilco/Bakewell Champion of Champions 20/20 knockout competition.
Their biggest obstacle to success has been their inability to dominate high standard spinners on helpful pitches, and as such, they always struggle against Albion and RHTGG.
Former senior Berbice player Arthley Bailey is the captain and the team’s main batsman, with support from Kwasie Mentore, Keith Fraser and the hard hitting Troy Halley, Steffan Adams and Travis Perry.
National pacer Keon Joseph is the vice captain and spearhead of the bowling attack along with former Test player Brandon Bess. Medium-pacer Erwin Johnson, Darius Nedd and Travis Perry are all capable with the ball, while off-spinners Carlston Nurse, Devon Downer and Steffan Adams will offer support. The manager is David Black.
The squad reads: Arthur Bailey, Keon Joseph, Kwasie Mentore, Steftan Adams, Keith Fraser, Brandon Bess, Troy Halley, Erwin Johnson, Griesan Grant, Gladwin Johnson, Darius Nedd, Carlston Nurse, Devon Downer, Karren Mentore, Keno Gravesandie and Travis Perry.