Bermine and West Berbice won their last two preliminary matches over the last weekend to emerge as winners and runners-up of Group B of the Universal DVD first division T20 cricket competition in Berbice.
By virtue of their wins, both teams have advanced to the semi-finals.
Bermine ended with 21 points, while West Berbice and Young Warriors Universal DVD were tied with13 points each, but with West Berbice being the winner of the head-to-head between the two, they earned the right to advance.
In Bermine’s match against Bush Lot Rising Star, Berbice born and former Demerara left-arm spinner Damien Vantull took 3-21 from four overs to restrict Bush Lot Rising Star to 94-9 in 20 overs.
Berbice batsman Anthony D’Andrade with 40 not out (6x4s, 1×6) and former Guyana opening batsman Shemroy Barrington 39 not out (5x4s) added 75 runs to steer Bermine home with just one wicket down.
The following day in their match against Young Warriors Universal DVD, Barrington slammed 67 not out (2x4s, 4x6s) and D’Andrade 29 to steer Bermine to 141-6 in 20 overs. After that Vantull took 3-18 from four overs and former Guyana Under-19 all-rounder Joemal La Fleur 3-19 from 3.3 overs to restrict Young Warriors Universal DVD to 91, despite a fighting 37 from Kevin Ramdeen.
Meanwhile, after former Berbice batsman Arthley Bailey scored 35 to steer West Berbice to a tense three-wicket victory over Upper Corentyne on Saturday, the following day, their Guyana pacer Keon Joseph took 4-14 from four overs and former Test pacer Brendon Bess 2-8 from three overs to bowl out Edinburgh for 78 in exactly 20 overs. West Berbice struggled to 81-5 in 18 overs in reply.
The semi-finals of the competition are scheduled for this weekend. On Saturday, Group A winner Albion Community Centre will take on Group B runner-up West Berbice at Albion, while on Sunday, Group B winner Bermine and Group A runner-up Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgers will clash at Port Mourant. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 13:30 hours.
Below are the summarised scores:
At Albion: Bermine beat Bush Lot Rising Star by nine wickets. Bush Lot Rising Star 94-9 from 20 overs (Brentnol Woolford 21, Paul Dipnarine 21, Damien Vantull 3-21) Bermine 95-1 from 10 overs (Anthony D’Andrade 40*, Shemroy Barrington 39*).
At Cumberland: Bermine beat Young Warriors Universal DVD by 50 runs. Bermine 141-6 from 20 overs (Shemroy Barrington 67*, Anthony D’Andrade 29, Balram Samaroo 2-19, Kevin Ramdeen 2-35) Young Warriors Universal DVD 91 all out from 18.3 overs (Kevin Ramdeen 35, Seon Hetmyer 23, Damien Vantull 3-18, Joemal La Fleur 3-19).
At Number 69: West Berbice beat Upper Corentyne by three wickets. Upper Corentyne 117-8 from 20 overs (Monesh Lalu 34*, Naeem Yacoob 29, Rendell Bobb 2-18, Andrew Dutchin 2-18) West Berbice 121-7 from 19.4 overs (Arthley Bailey 35, Sherwin Mc Pherson 22, Raffiel Estriado 22, Omesh Khemraj 3-18).
At Edinburgh: West Berbice beat Edinburgh by five wickets. Edinburgh 78 in 20 overs (Denny David 24, Keon Joseph 4-14, Brandon Bess 2-8, Rendell Bobb 2-14) West Berbice 81-5 in 18 overs (Andrew Dutchin 18*, Raun Johnson 18*, Shafeek Khan 2-8).
At Cumberland: Police beat Blairmont Community Centre by 56 runs. Police 125 all out from 19.5 overs (Rocky Hutson 20, Michael Newland 20, Waqar Hassan 2-23, Kevon Jawahir 2-21, Daniel Harrinarine 2-18, Rameshwar Somwaru 2-31) Blairmont Community Centre 69 from 16.1 overs (Avishkar Sewkarran 24, Albert Sinclair 3-24, Quesi Mickle 2-11).