With a slight improvement in the weather, the Berbice Cricket Board was able to play two matches in the Berbice River Bridge 50-over knockout first division cricket competition.
A brilliant half century by national middle order batsman Jonathan Foo led Albion Cricket Club to a massive 108-run victory over the hapless Blairmont Community Centre Cricket Club while a destructive spell of 6 for 44 (9) by Steffon Adams failed to save West Berbice from defeat by Port Karibee Rice Mourant.
At Albion, the host won the toss and took first strike and made 189 all out in 48.3 overs. Foo led the way with a well composed 61 (3×4). He was supported by 16-year-old David Latchaya, who made 32, and West Indies legspinner Devindra Bishoo with 28.
For Blairmont, Derek Narine Lalsa took 3 for 32. He was supported by Devindra Singh and Shabbir Baksh with 2 for 14 and 2 for 40 respectively.
Blairmont CC were then shot out for 81 in reply, with only Demarara-based Chris Patadin offering any resistance with 17. Bishoo took 3 for 15, Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai, 2 for 10. Balchan Baldeo and Foo took two wickets apiece.
Over at the Port Mourant ground, the host whipped West Berbice by four wickets with 22 overs to spare. The visitors won the toss and elected to take first strike after they arrived late, causing the reduction of overs to 43 a side.
They made a disappointing 113 in 31.2 overs. B Nurse saved some face with the topscore of 30 (3×4) with extras contributing a healthy 29.
Leg spinner Troy Gonsalves of Demerara took 3 for 36 runs off nine overs and former Essequibo senior left arm spinner Robert Moore, 3 for 41 off nine overs. Medium pacer Yougnarine Harrinarine supported with two wickets.
In reply, Karibee Rice Port Mourant raced to 115 for 6 off 21 overs with another import, the hard hitting Andrew Lyght Jr topscoring with 49 runs off 38 balls (5×4, 1×6). Offspinner Adams bowled brilliantly to take 6 for 44 off nine overs in a losing cause.
Both teams are through to the semi-finals with Albion to host arch-rivals Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets and Universal DVD Young Warriors to host Karibee Rice Port Mourant on dates to be announced shortly.
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