Bermine players celebrate winning the Universal DVD T20 title over the weekend
Led by Berbice all-rounder Devon Clements with an unbeaten 56 and former Guyana Under-15 pacer Nial Smith with four wickets, Bermine became the Universal DVD First Division T20 champions against West Berbice over the weekend.
Winning the toss and batting at the Albion Community Centre ground, Bermine started shakily with Keith Fraser and Guyana pacer, Keon Joseph, picking up the wickets to leave their opponents at 13-2 in the third over.
However, Clements joined former Guyana Under-19 cricketer Joemal Lafleur to put on 68 in 10.3 overs before LaFleur fell for 20. Guyana Under-19 pacer, Romario Shepherd, soon followed but Clements and Keion DeJesus put on an invaluable 34 for the fifth wicket that helped Bermine post a respectable 138 for 6 in their 20 overs.
Clements’ knock included three fours, while DeJesus made 23; Joseph ended with 2 for 31 from his four overs.
In reply, West Berbice lost their first when the score was 14 after 2.3 overs. Afterwards, former Berbice batsman, Artley Bailey, joined former Berbice batsman, Raffel Estriado, to put on 39 for the second wicket in just 4.3.
However, Smith’s dismissal of Bailey caught for eight triggered a mini-collapse that also accounted for the wicket of Estriado, who made 42 (5×4, 1×6), to leave West Berbice in shambles at 64 for 6 from 53 for 1.
Things did not improve afterwards as the team slipped to 83 for 9 after 14.1 overs, eventually folding at 112 all out in 19 overs. Quacy McPherson was left stranded on 27 in the 26-run victory. Bowling for Bermine, Smith took 4 for 12 from four overs, Clements, 3 for 29 (4), and Damien Vantull, 2 for 25 (3).
Clements was later adjudged Man-of-the-Match.
At the presentation ceremony, Managing Director of Unviersal DVD Club, Vickram Seubarran, praised the level at which the competition was played and congratulated Bermine for emerging as champions.
Bermine captain, Anthony D’Andrade, was presented with the Universal DVD trophy and the $200,000 prize while Krishnadat Ramoo settled for the runner-up trophy and $100,000 for West Berbice, a record for prize money in Berbice first division cricket; Clements received $10,000.
Meanwhile, Albion Community Centre came in third after defeating Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets.
Rose Hall were sent in to bat first and made 102 for 9 with former Berbice cricketer, Clinton Pestano scoring 28 and West Indies A batsman, Assad Fudadin, 17. Bowling for Albion, former Berbice Under-19 off-spinner, Verapen Permaul, took 3 for 11 (4) and former Guyana T20 batsman, Jonathan Foo, 2 for 25 (4).
Albion replied with 106 for 2 in 18.5 overs with former Guyana Under-19 batsman, Kandasammy Surujnarine stroking an unbeaten 58 (6×4, 1×6).
Albion received $25,000 and Rose Hall, $10,000, along with trophies.