Tucber Park Cricket Club is through to the final of the Memorex Under-19, two-innings Cricket Competition in Berbice after defeating their arch-nemesis Albion Community Centre by six wickets in their semi-final encounter recently.
Choosing to take first strike, Guyana Under-17 batsman Adrian Sukhwa and Tyrone Pooramauth gave them a start of 21 but with pacer John Cameron removing both of them for 10 and 16 respectively, pacer Lookpaul Sahadeo bowled Berbice Under-17 batsman Matthew Hardyal for four with the score at 33-3.
Two Berbice Under-17 batsmen Ritesh Omroa and Joshua Harrichand then put on 28 for the fourth wicket and after Harrichand went for eight, Umroa and Josiah Dhanai made things look good for Albion by taking the score to 107-4.
However things deteriorated badly for Albion with the next six wickets falling for just four runs as Berbice left arm spinner Joel Seitaram did most of the damage by picking up five quick wickets to see Albion 113 all out with Umroa making 47. Bowling for Tucber, Seitaram took 5-16, Berbice Under-17 legspinner Dion Sinclair 2-18 and John Cameron 2-14.
When Tucber Park replied, they lost an early wicket with only four on the board but the other opening batsman Trevon Caesar and Guyana Under-17 batsman put on 93 for the second wicket before Deonarine fell for 54 (two fours).
Caesar continued and added another 39 for the third wicket with Seitaram after which Caesar went for a crucial 50 (two fours). Seitaram soon was caught for 41 and the score on 157.
Berbice Under-15 batsmen Garfield Benjamin went for four with the score at 169-5 with Tucber Park only having a lead of 56 over the dangerous Albion.
Former Berbice Under-15 batsmen Kyle Michael (31) and Sahadeo (14) did well to add another valuable 32 for the sixth but with Karran Arjpaul and Guyana Under-15 spinner Kelvin Umroa picking up the last five wickets for just 13 runs, Tucber Park fell for 214 in their first innings. Albion’s Arjpaul took 4-46, Dhanai 3-42 and Umroa 2-35.
Facing a deficit of 101 runs with about five hours of play left, Albion came out in their second innings intent on pulling off a come-from-behind victory as they have done in the past. With Sukhwa leading the way with all guns ablaze, Albion went on to reach 171-5 in just 33-Overs, leaving Tucber Park the tantalizing target of 70 to win. Sukhwa made a hard hitting 92 (11 fours, one six) before he was run out.
Tucber Park in their victory chase, again lost an early wicket without a run on the board to Arjpaul but Caesar and Deonarine put on a valuable 34 before Deonarine fell to Arjpaul for 13. After that Caesar and Seitaram took Tucber within sight of victory by putting 29 more for the third wicket before Arjpaul struck again, removing Seitaram for 28 at 63-3. They eventually reached 70-3 with Caesar still there on 30 not out and Dion Sinclair six not out. Arjpaul ended with 3-31.