Brilliant Fudadin leads Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets to title
A BRILLIANT all round performance from West Indies Test player, Assad Fudadin, led Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets to an easy and comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Albion Cricket Club in the finals of the Berbice Cricket Board/Namilco/Bakewell T20 tournament on Sunday last.Playing in front of a large and colorful crowd at the famous Albion Cricket Club ground, Fudadin took 4 for 24 runs and returned with the bat to score an even half-century to lead his team home.
RHT Gizmos and Gadgets won the toss and surprisingly, invited their host to take first strike, to which Sewnarine Chattergoon (16) and Kandasammy Surujnarine posted 28 for the first wicket; this was before the former was brilliantly taken by Dominic Rikhi at the long on boundary off the bowling of Royston Crandon in the fifth over.
The talented Balchan Baldeo (13) joined Surujnarine and they carried the score to 50 before Fudadin, bowling medium pace, removed Baldeo, while the dangerous Jonathan Foo was not allowed to settle and was brilliantly caught by Fudadin at short mid wicket for 10 off the bowling of veteran left arm spinner Ravi Narine.
Thereafter, Albion’s batting was kept in check and only Anthony Bramble (27) and Devindra Bishoo (11) offered some resistance to Fudadin, who got support from Narine, Eon Hooper, Crandon and Rikhi, as Albion were dismissed for 114 in their allotted 20 overs.
RHTGG lost Hooper (00), who was used as a pinch hitter in the first over to off spinner, Veerapen Permaul, but Fudadin and Rikhi batted brilliantly to add 90 runs for the second wicket, before Fudadin was caught at long off, off Foo for a mature 50 (3×4) off 48 balls in the 15th over.
National player, Rajiv Ivan, and Rikhi continued to build on the foundation laid by Fudadin and took the score to 109 in the 17th over before Rikhi was caught behind off Bishoo for 36 off 43 balls.
However, it was the final success for Albion, as Ivan and Crandon took their team to 115 for 3 in the 18th over, with Ivan being unbeaten on 16 and Crandon 3, respectively, as Permaul Foo and Bishoo took a wicket each for Albion who were surprisingly ragged in the field.
Earlier in the third place playoff, Universal Solutions Bermine defeated West Berbice Super Kings by five wickets to take that position.
Batting first, West Berbice reached 92 for 6 off their allotted 20 overs with skipper, Krisendat Ramoo, scoring 33 and Arthley Bailey supporting him with 22.
Romario Shepherd took 2 for 27 for Bermine, who in reply reached 96 for 5 in 18.2 overs, thanks to an unbeaten 31 from Eugene LaFleur and Shemroy Barrington’s 29, as national fast bowler, Keon Joseph, bowled with genuine pace to snare 3 for 14.
At the presentation ceremony that followed, president of the BCB, Keith Foster, praised Namilco and Bakewell for their joint investment in Berbice cricket while noting that the game continues to attract sponsorship due to the hard work of the Board.
He congratulated the winners on a well deserved victory and urged the top two teams in Berbice to always maintain their high standards.
General Manager of Bakewell, Rajin Ganga, in his brief remarks expressed gratitude to the executives of BCB for a well organised tournament and was pleased with the quality of cricket he saw.
Bert Sukhai, Managing Director of Namilco, hailed the tournament as a success and, like Ganga, praised the work of the BCB noting that this was his company’s first venture into sponsorship of cricket and said they would be willing to return next year once a good proposal is submitted.
Fudadin collected a one-year free supply of cable service compliments of E-Networks after being named the Man-of-the-Match in the finals, while he was also the recipient of one DVD player and a CD player, compliments of A. Ally and Sons for scoring the most runs and taking the most wickets in the final.
Fudadin completed a brilliant day by clinching the best catch of the day award while his team mate, Clinton Pestano, won play of the day with a brilliant run out of David Latchaya.
Bramble struck the only six of the day and as such was awarded with the prize of the biggest six of the day, even as RHTGG collected $200,000.00 for winning the tournament along with a beautiful trophy, and Albion received $100,000.00 for their efforts.
Universal Bermine and West Berbice Super Kings won $50,000.00 and $25,000.00 respectively; while gifts were shared to spectators, ground staff, umpires and others, compliments of Namilco and BCB as members of the four teams received products of Bakewell.
The BCB would like to thank Namilco, Bakewell, Ansa McAl, E-Networks, Guysuco, Universal DVD and Solutions, Sentinel Security, Guyana Police Force, and the media for their support in making this tournament a success.