Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets, Albion, Port Mourant and Young Warriors have advanced to the semi-finals of the Busta Champion of Champions tournament, after winning their respective preliminary game last Saturday at separate venues in the ancient county.
Defending champions RHTGG crushed Upper Corentyne by nine wickets at the Area ‘H’ ground. Batting first, Upper Corentyne were restricted to 173-9 in their allotted 50 overs. Deoprakash Ramdat top scored with 27. He received support from Somedat Singh, 17, Lakeram Latchman, 16, and Fawaz Mohamed, 14.
Captain Shawn Pereira who claimed 3 for 27 and Shailendra Shameer, 2 for 15, were the most successful bowlers for RHTGG. In reply, the eventual winners reached 177 for 1 in 32.1 overs, with Delbert Hicks and Dominic Rikhi adding 139 in 22.1 overs. Hicks was eventually dismissed for an aggressive 85. Rikhi was left unbeaten on 65, while Jason Sinclair was on 22 not out when victory was achieved.
At the Port Mourant ground, the home team brushed aside the challenge of Bermine by 75 runs. Port Mourant were bowled out for 189 in 47 overs, with Joshua Ramsammy leading the charge with a polished 55. He received good support from Andrew Lyght Jr, 27, and Yogendra Harrinarine, 25.
Kevin Pellow, 3 for 27, and Stephen Latcha, 2 for 22, were the successful bowlers for Bermine, who in reply were bundled out for a paltry 114 in just 29.2 overs.
Only Keon De Jesus, 45, and Joemal La Fleur, 19, offered any resistance to the destructive bowling of left-arm spinner Robert Moore, 6 for 13, and off spinner Devindra Thakurdeen, 2 for 21.
Young Warriors held their nerves to squeeze past Blairmont by three runs at the Cumberland ground in Canje. Kevin Ramdeen top scored with a patient 53, as the home team were dismissed for 149 in 41 overs. Suresh Dhanai, 28, and Vishal Mohabir, 22, were the only other two batsmen to offered meaningful support to Ramdeen.
Promising spinners Kevin Jawahir and Deveshwari Prashad were the main destroyers for Blairmont, claiming 4 for 23 and 3 for 27, respectively. In reply Blairmont were dismissed for 146 in 42.1 overs Jawahir, 45, Altaz Khan, 21, and Parmanand Ramdhan, 20, were the top scores for the losing team.
Suresh Dhanai, 2 for 28, Shanquille Williams, 2 for 19, and Hubern Evans, 2 for 13, were the best bowlers for the home team.
Meanwhile, home team Albion defeated West Berbice by six wickets. West Berbice, who won the toss and elected to take first strike, were restricted to 140 all out in 46.2 overs. Leroy Bristol top scored with 28. West Indies Leg spinner Devendra Bishoo was the destructive force with 4 for 26, while Veerasammy Permaul and Jonathan Foo supported with two wickets each.
Albion powered to 141 for 3 in 32.1 overs, with Kandasammy Surujnarine smashing an unbeaten 50 not out, inclusive of six boundaries, while Bishoo scored an unbeaten 48 with seven boundaries.
The semi finals are billed for Saturday, with Port Mourant hosting Albion, and RHTGG at home to Young Warriors.