Devendra Bishoo collects his Man-of-the-Match trophy from match referee Colin Stuart (Rajiv Bisnauth photos)
…meet defending champions Demerara on Sunday at Albion
By Rajiv Bisnauth
Berbice leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo took six wickets to bundle out Essequibo before the ancient county completed a 10-wicket victory in the final preliminary game of this year’s Pepsi Inter-County 50-over tournament on Thursday at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Bourda.
By virtue of the victory, Berbice will face the defending champions Demerara in the final on Sunday at the Albion Community Centre ground.
Bishoo bamboozled the Essequibians with figures of 6 for 13 in 8.1 overs as the Essequibo side collapsed from a position of 55 without loss to 93 all out in 31.1 overs.
Sewnarine Chattergoon punches a delivery down the ground during his innings
Essequibo, after choosing to bat first, collapsed when it mattered the most. They were cruising at 15 overs with Royan Fredericks and Kevon Boodie looking comfortable at the crease before the innings turned turtle. They lost all 10 of their wickets for just 38 runs.
Boodie (35) and Fredericks (22) were the only two batsmen to put up a fight for the Essequibians, but their dismissal triggered the collapse as the middle and tailenders caved in meekly.
Jason Heyliger (17) was the only other player to get to double figure. Off-spinner Krishnadat Ramoo chipped in with 2 for 29 while Eon Hooper and Keon Joseph claimed 1-17 and 1-19 respectively. Bishoo was adjudged Man-of-the-Match.
Berbice chased down the modest total in 11.1 overs with Anthony D’Andrade and skipper Sewnarine Chattergoon providing the base for the thumping win.
Anthony D’Andrade was in an attacking mood as he cut off of his seven boundaries
D’Andrade finished unbeaten on 47, inclusive of seven fours and two sixes, while Chattergoon ended on 35 with six boundaries.
After the game Essequibo coach Vibert Johnson said his team was totally outplayed.
“We have been outplayed by a very good team and there haven’t been too many positives. We have been way below our best as a team and individuals. Our mental approach and mindset were not there when we are trying to build a partnership as batters. The batters did not stick to the game plan and that what cause us the game,” Johnson said.
Meanwhile, the Berbice team came in for high praise coach Hubern Evans.
“The guys definitely played today (Thursday) game as a team and I am pretty happy with the performance. We have cross one hurdle; we have the biggest one on Sunday, so I want to urge the guys just to remain focus. I am confident that we will win the game come Sunday,” Evans said.
Sunday’s game will start at 09:00h and admission to the venue is $500.