Captains Christopher Barnwell and Sewnarine Chattergoon were presented jointly with the winning trophy (Rajiv Bisnauth photos)
Pepsi Inter-County 50-Over Final…
…declared joint winners
By Rajiv Bisnauth
Defending champions, Demerara and Berbice played to a pulsating draw in the Pepsi Inter-County 50-over final at the Albion Community Centre ground on Sunday.
By virtue of the tie, the teams were declared joint winners and will share the $100,000 first prize.
Steven Jacobs’ late cameo failed to put Demerara over the threshold
Set a revised target of 151 for victory, Demerara finished on 150 for 9 when the innings came to a close.
Requiring 13 off the last over, Demerara’s last pair of Paul Wintz and Andre Stoll scored 10 runs off the first five balls. Needing three runs for victory, Stoll drove pacer Keon Joseph to the long on boundary, but a fumble by Jonathan Foo allowed the batsmen a second run that resulted in the tied score.
Meanwhile, early morning showers prevented play until 13:30h, reducing the game to 25 overs. However, another rain break during the Berbice innings further reduced the contest to a 20 overs.
Opener Anthony D’Anadrade topscored for Berbice with a 46-ball 39 that was studded with four boundaries, while Sewnarine Chattergoon made 36, inclusive of five boundaries.
Jonathan Foo contributed 23 to the team’s total.
Berbice openers Sewnarine Chattergoon (striker) and Anthony D’Anadrade put on a solid opening partnership
Berbice openers Chattergoon and D’Anadrade led from the front with a partnership of 73 runs off 12.1 overs, before both were dismissed in quick succession by off-spinner Steven Jacobs (2-25).
The aggressive Foo slammed three four and a six in his 35-run partnership with Devon Clements, who finished unbeaten on 14. Medium-pacer Christopher Barnwell was the other Demerara bowler to pick up a wicket.
In their run chase, Demerara lost openers Trevon Griffith (19) and Robin Bacchus (20) after brief cameos within the first six overs to spinners Krishndat Ramoo and Clements.
Demerara fell to 64-4 with the dismissals of Shemroy Barrington (3) and Rajendra Chandrika (13).
Ramoo then picked up another wicket to finish with 2-24, while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed the wickets of Chandrika and Barnwell (18) within his first two overs. This further undermined the Demerara innings as their batsmen found it difficult to get away the bowlers.
Steven Jacobs scored a brisk 33 off 19 balls, which included three fours and a six. Jacobs’ wicket was key to Berbice wresting the initiative at that point, since the advantage was in favour of the home side and the visitors needed 42 runs off 28 deliveries.
Zaheer Mohamed was bowled by Bishoo for seven, while Eon Hooper removed Derwin Christian (13) and Shaquille Williams (10). Wintz and Stoll then kept a level head to see Demerara retain their title with the tie.
Bishoo, who was later adjudged Man-of-the-Match, was the best bowler on show with figures of 4-32 off his four overs. Ramoo and Hooper claimed two wickets apiece while Clements had one.