Albion Cricket Club, after drawing a bye in the first round of the Namilco/Bakewell tournament, beat Police by an impressive nine wickets while Young Warriors failed to capitalise on their home advantage and were sent packing by West Berbice on Saturday.
Bermine whipped Upper Corentyne in quarter-final action.
Playing at the Albion Community Centre, Police won the toss and took first strike and were bundled out for 56 in 16.2. Quacy Nichols made 16 not out, Philbert Williams, 17, and Martin Singh, 11; no other batsman got pass five.
Bowling for Albion, West Indies bowler Devendra Bishoo cleaned up the middle order to finish with 4-4 off four overs. However, it was fast bowler Balchan Baldeo started the slide when the score was 12 with two wickets; the right-arm fast bowler returned in third over to bowl Albert Sinclair, further reducing Police to 19-3.
He finished with 3-12 off three overs.
In reply Albion reached 57-1 in 13.4 overs. KandasammySurajnarine was run out for 10 while Baldeo returned with the bat to hit 40 off 43 balls with the aid of five fours.
Across at the Cumberland ground, Young Warriors lost to West Berbice by six runs. Batting first, the visiting West Berbice team scored 123-7 off of their allotted 20 overs. Former Berbice batsman Artley Bailey topscored with 33.
Sherwin McPherson (24) and Andrew Dennis (19 not out) were the principal scorers. Bowling for Young Warriors, offspinners Linden Austin and Kevin Ramdeen were the chief wreckers with 3-20 and 2-16 respectively.
Set 124 to win Young Warriors finished on 117-9. Linden made a game-high 45 while Ishwar Singh had 24; they put on 58 for the fifth wicket. West Indies U-19 batsman Shimroy Hetmyer was sent back for one.
Bowling for West Berbice Roun Johnson grabbed 4-19, Kevin Johnson, 2-27, and Krisndat Ramoo, 2-10. West Berbice will now meet Rose Hall in a semi-final on Saturday. Rose Hall drew a bye into the semi-finals.
Meanwhile Bermine took care of Upper Corentyne and will play Albion in the other semi-final on Saturday.
In their match on Saturday at Cumberland against Upper Corentyne, Bermine chalked up 150 off their 20 overs. Shemroy Barrington led the way with 45 with the aid of six boundaries. Romeo Shepherd scored 24 not out and Damian Vantull, 27.
Satrohan Singh took 3-27 bowling for Upper Corentyne.
In reply Upper Corentyne were off to a good start when Parmishwar Chatterpaul (22) and Feroz Mohammed (16) put on 40 for the first wicket. Manesh Lalu (24) was particularly harsh on fast bowler Devon Clements, hitting him for two sixes in one over.
Clements was however the pick of the bowlers with 3-38. Devon LaFleur took 2-14, and K. Pellew, 2-16, as Upper Corentyne were all out for 96 in 18.5 overs.
At stake in the competition is $200,000 and a trophy for the winner while the second placed team will carry home $100,000 and a trophy. (Andrew Carmichael)