The historic Albion Sports Complex will be a hive of excitement on Sunday as thousands of cricket fans are expected to turn out to witness the final of the inaugural Namilco/Bakewell T20 tournament, organised by the Berbice Cricket Board. The final will feature the Ancient County’s top two cricket teams, Albion and Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets (RHTG&G) clashing at 13:30 hours.
The third place playoff between Bermine Universal Solutions and West Berbice will bowl off at 09:00 hours.
West Berbice, who recently lost to Bermine in the Universal DVD T20 tournament, will be looking for revenge and will be spearheaded by national player Keon Joseph, former Test pacer Brandon Bess, Artley Bailey, skipper Krishnadat Ramoo and promising fast bowler Roun Johnson. Bermine, on the other hand, will be seeking to redeem themselves after being bowled out for 38 in the semi-finals versus Albion last weekend. Skipper Anthony D’Andrade, Eugene LaFleur, Romario Shepherd, Deren Clements and Keon DeJesus are Bermine’s main players.
The final between Albion and RHTG&G will have both their supporters on their feet as both teams are strong on paper.
Former Test player Devendra Bishoo and Sewnarine Chattergoon will spearhead Albion’s efforts and will receive support from the hard-hitting Jonathan Foo, the in-form Surujnarine Kandasammy, Balchan Baldeo, Sharaz Ramcharran, West Indies Uunder-19 player Gudakesh Motie, Veerapen Permaul and David Latchaya.
Test player Assad Fudadin, ODI player Royston Crandon and national players Delbert Hicks and Rajiv Ivan will be the backbone of the RHTG&G challenge. The support cast will include former national youth players Dominic Rikhi, Shawn Perriera, Clinton Pestano and Shailendra Shameer. Eon Hooper and Jason Sinclair have also represented Berbice at the senior level.
The winning team will receive $200,000 and a trophy; the runner-up $100,000; third place $50,000 and the fourth $25,000.
Meanwhile, E-Networks will be sponsoring the Man-of-the-Final prize, which is one year free supply of its cable television service, while the best batsman and best bowler of the final will receive a DVD player and CD player respectively, compliments of A. Ally & Sons of New Amsterdam.
Several lucky spectators will also win special gate prizes, including bicycles, while several fun games will be played during the lunch break where more prizes will be up for grabs for fans. Managing Director of Namilco, Bert Sukhai, and Bakewell General Manager, Rajin Ganga, will be present to share out the prizes after the finals.