The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) Namilco/Bakewell 20/20 cricket competition will wrap up this weekend with the final and third place playoff at the Albion Community Centre Sports Complex. Over the next few days we will provide you with mini-profiles of the four teams that will be in action on Sunday. Today our attention is centred on the teams that will compete in the third place playoff: Universal Solutions Bermine and West Berbice.
Members of the Universal Solutions Bermine team
Universal Solutions Bermine
The Universal Solutions Bermine cricket team over the last month has endured the twisting and sometimes cruel world of cricket.
A few weeks ago under the dynamic leadership of Berbice senior player Anthony D’Andrade and the calm guidance of manager Carl Moore they won the BCB Universal DVD 20/20 title after defeating West Berbice in the final.
During the semi-final of the tournament, they created a major upset when they defeated defending champions Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets. They however, came crashing down to earth after they were bowled out for a paltry 38 in 14.3 overs to lose to Albion Community Centre by ten wickets in the Namilco/Bakewell 20/20 tournament.
The youthful Universal Solutions Bermine team is however, quite capable of redeeming themselves in the third place playoff match in the Namilco/Bakewell 20/20 tournament scheduled for Sunday at the Albion Community Centre Sports Complex.
Universal Solutions Bermine batting will be spearheaded by Demerara based national opener Shemroy Barrington, former national Under-19 players Eugene La Fleur, Anthony D’Andrade, Devon Clements and Joemal La Fleur. They will be supported by former Berbice player Keion De Jesus, Hakeem Hinds, Trinson Bynoe and the hard hitting Damon Vantull. To be successful against arch rivals, West Berbice, the Universal Solutions Bermine team will have to see off their new ball pair of Raun Johnson and the lively Keon Joseph.
National Under-19 fast bowler Romario Shepherd and national Under-15 pacer Nial Smith will share the new ball for Universal Solutions Bermine and they have both enjoyed great success of late, especially Smith, who bowled his team to victory in the Universal DVD 20/20 finals. They will be supported by left-arm spinners Eugene La Fleur and Damon Vantull, along with off-spinners Joemal La Fleur, Shemroy Barrington, Kevin Pellew and Devon Clements.
Universal Solutions Bermine team reads: Shemroy Barrington, Anthony D’Andrade, Eugene La Fleur, Joemal La Fleur, Devon Clements, Keion De Jesus, Hakeem Hinds, Nial Smith, Romario Shepherd, Damon Vantull and Trinson Bynoe. Manager: Carl Moore; coach: Julian Moore.
The West Berbice players strike a pose after one of their games
The West Berbice first division team over the last few years has been described as the prince of Berbice cricket as they have developed a reputation of never reaching the throne to be crowned king as they always fell short at the semi-finals. They were finally able to reach the final of the BCB Universal DVD 20/20 tournament, losing to Universal Solutions Bermine.
On Sunday they will be playing the same Universal Solutions Bermine for the third place prize of $50, 000 in the BCB Namilco/Bakewell 20/20 tournament at the Albion Community Centre Sports Complex.
West Berbice challenge will be spearheaded in the batting department by openers Arthley Bailey, a former Berbice senior player and the promising Raffiel Estriado. They will be supported by Sherwin Mc Pherson, Andrew Dutchin, the hard-hitting Keith Fraser, Leroy Bristol and Steffon Adams.
Former national Under-15 keeper Quacy Mc Pherson will don the gloves and is also quite capable with the bat.
West Berbice’s biggest hindrance to winning Berbice cricket championship is their suspected inability to dominate spinners, and success on Sunday will depend on how well they play the Universal Solutions Bermine spin attack.
West Berbice’s strength is their bowling attack with pace being the trump card. Test pacer Brendon Bess, national pacer Keon Joseph and the impressive Raun Johnson form the strongest pace trio in Berbice cricket. They will receive support from skipper Krishnadat Ramoo, Berbice senior off-spinner Steffon Adams and left-arm spinner Leroy Bristol.
Former national senior cricket managerm David Blackm is the live wire of West Berbice cricket and will serve as the manager of the team.
West Berbice team reads: Keon Joseph, Arthley Bailey, Krishnadat Ramoo (captain), Sherwin Mc Pherson, Andrew Dutchin, Steffon Adams, Leroy Bristol, Quacy Mc Pherson, Raun Johnson, Brendon Bess, Kendall Bobb, Grisean Grant, Keith Fraser and Raffiel Estriado.