RHTGG and Albion win semifinals easily – to meet in yet another final
THE CAST for the final of the 10th Annual Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club-organised Busta ‘Champion of Champions’ was decided last Saturday and will see the two favourite teams in the Ancient County, namely Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets and Albion meet in a repeat of last year’s final for championship honours. Playing at the Area ‘H’ Ground in Rose Hall Town, defending champions RHT Gizmos and Gadgets crushed Young Warriors by a massive margin while Albion cruised past a lack-lustre Port Mourant by seven wickets.
RHTGG won the toss and electing to bat first, received an opening partnership of 24 in six overs between former national player Delbert Hicks and former national Under-19 player Dominic Rikhi before Rikhi inside- edged medium pacer Royden Phil onto his stumps for 10.
Phil struck with his next delivery to trap Jason Sinclair lbw without scoring to leave the defending champions on 24 for 2, which became 40 for 3 when former national junior player Shaquille Williams had the big-hitting Hicks caught for 20.
Rajiv Ivan (40) and Royston Crandon (35) repaired the damage with their 85-run fourth-wicket partnership, before they were both dismissed by off-spinner Balram Samaroo to leave RHTGG 127 for 5 in the 24th over.
Former national Under-19 player Clinton Pestano then blasted 77 (10×4, 2×6) and with valuable support from former National Under-19 skipper Shawn Pereira 55 not out (3×4), piloted RHTGG to a massive 285 for 9 off their allotted 47 overs.
Williams ended with 3 for 49 and Samaroo 2 for 45 bowling for Young Warriors, who were tottering at 9 for 4 in the fourth over of their reply, thanks to the all-spin attack from the home team.
West Indies Under-19 opener Shimron Hetmyer was bowled by off-spinner Troy Mathieson for 1 while Vishal Mohabir 1, Kassim Khan 5 and Ishwar Singh 0 were all dismissed cheaply, but Williams and Kevin Ramdeen took them to 82 in the 20th over, before the latter was lbw to Ivan for 29 (1×4; 1×6).
The rest of the batting quickly folded as only Williams with an impressive 50 offered any resistance, and Sasenarine Sukhdeo who surprisingly batted at number 10 was left unbeaten on 13, as Mathieson 4 for 21, Pereira 3 for 9 and Ivan 2 for 27 bowled out the visitors for 135 in 27.4 overs.
At the Port Mourant ground the home club, who are re-organising to recapture their former glory, were brought down to earth by a severely depleted Albion who are missing five national players.
Batting first, Port Mourant were well placed at 67 for 1 in the 20th over after opener Andre Lyght Jr. was earlier dismissed for 6 by medium pacer Satesh Dwarka, which allowed Joshua Ramsammy and Devendra Thakurdeen to add 56 for the second wicket.
However, Thakurdeen in a careless piece of cricket was bowled by Jonathan Foo for 27 while the dismissal of the talented Ramsammy for 25 engineered a massive collapse as PMCC folded for 122 all out in 42.3 overs. Only Chandrasekhar Arjune with 12 reached double figures for the remaining batsmen.
Sharaz Ramcharran had 4 for 15, West Indies Under-19 left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie claimed 3 for 17 runs and Foo 2 for 19 for Albion, who were in early trouble at 12 for 2 in the third over, before Foo in his usual robust fashion, took over.
Together with Ramcharran, they took the score to 56 in the 10th over before Ramcharran was dismissed by left-arm spinner Gregory Crandon for just 2, but Foo continued to take the attack to the home team bowlers and in company with David Latchaya shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 87 which piloted Albion to 123 for 3 from 21.1 overs.
The talented Foo blasted an unbeaten 81 that was decorated with eight fours and four sixes, while an impressive Latchaya scored 20 not out (2×4) for Albion, who will now face RHTGG in the final of the tournament which is scheduled for the Port Mourant ground on a date to be announced.