Universal DVD Berbice Titans pose with their winnings after copping the second T20 Independence Cup
Universal DVD Berbice Titans proved they are the best T20 team in Guyana with a four-wicket win over Georgetown Lions in the final of the second annual Independence T20 cup on Sunday night.
Organised by the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) and the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association (BCCDA), the Titans reached 185-6 in reply to Georgetown Lions 184-6, with two overs to spare as they were watched by a colourful crowd in overcast conditions at the Albion Sports Complex ground.
What looked like a formidable total set by the Georgetown Lions, slipped away from the first over bowled by national pacer Paul Wintz, who sent down 13 deliveries inclusive of four wides and three no-balls.
Former West Indies opener Sewnarine Chattergoon and the youthful Shimron Hetmyer continued the assault, hitting 19 runs in the second over bowled by Shaqueel Williams. The pair scored 72 in just 4.4 overs before both fell in quick succession.
Chattergoon made 25, which was decorated with two fours and two sixes and Hetmyer clobbered three sixes and two fours in his cameo 33.
Already with a solid foundation and with the conditions ideal for batting, the Berbicians received support from Assad Fudadin who made 28 (2×4, 2×6), Gajanand Singh, 27 (2×4, 3×6), Jonathan Foo, 20 (3×4) and Rajiv Ivan, 19 not out (3×4). Bowling for the Georgetown Lions, skipper Leon Johnson was the best bowler with three wickets.
Earlier, the Lions rode on the resuscitation of a 109-run sixth wicket partnership between Chanderpaul Hemraj and Derwin Christian after they were left tottering at 47-5.
Both batsmen provided respectability to the score with Hemraj hitting an unbeaten 65 not out (4×4, 5×6,) and Christian, 61 (4×4, 5×6).
Bowling for the Titans, Keon Joseph, Eon Hooper, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Veersammy Permaul and Davendra Bishoo all claimed a wicket apiece.
Earlier the Titans defeated fellow Berbice team, Karibee Rice Boys by nine wickets.
Karibee Boys reached 92-8 in 15 overs with Kandasammy Surujnarine hitting a topscore of 34. In reply the Titans reached to 97-1 with Chattergoon hammering an unbeaten 65. Fudadin finished on 29 not out.
In the other semi-final Georgetown Lions hammered BK International East Coast Jaguars by eight wickets. Jaguars batted first and made 102-4 with Anthony Ifill topscoring with 33. The Lions in reply roared to 108-2 off 8.5 overs with Christopher Barnwell smashing 49 (6×6) and Andrew Lyte Jr, 37.
Meanwhile, at the presentation ceremony the Titans were presented with the winning trophy and $300,000. The Georgetown Lions copped $150,000 and the runner-up trophy. Players and officials from both teams also received medals. The two losing semi-finalists also received monetary prizes and trophies.
Additional prizes went to Hemraj, who scored the most runs in the final, Johnson, for the best bowler while Hetmyer received an award for being the youngest player on show.
The tournament was held to coincide with Guyana’s 47th Independence Anniversary.