… Albion draw bye into finals.THE hectic Berbice 2019 cricket season continued, on Saturday last, with the hosting of the second round of the BCB/RHTYSC Busta Champion of Champions 40-over tournament at three venues.The tournament, which is being sponsored by the Guyana Beverage Company, under its Busta brand, is one of four division tournaments organised by the vibrant BCB and thirty-two overall for 2019 at different levels. Rose Hall Town Namilco Thunderbolt Flour defeated Blairmont by eight wickets while Tucber Park CC demolished a youthful Port Mourant CC by 198 runs at Port Mourant. Albion CC cruised past Young Warriors by 102 runs at Albion to advance to the final after drawing a bye in the semifinals.At the Area ‘H’ Ground, Blairmont won the toss and decided to bat first. An aggressive Naseem Nazeer stuck a massive six off left-arm spinner, Keith Simpson, off the first ball of the match and repeated it two deliveries later. Simpson got his revenge when he bowled Nazeer for 18 (3 sixes) in the third over at 24 for 1, to start a collapse.Blairmont were bowled out for a meagre 77 from 24.2 overs as the home team bowlers held a tight line. Marvon Prashad was the only other batsman to reach double figures with 19. Discarded national off-spinner, Eon Hooper, continued his fine form with the ball with 5 wickets for 13 runs from eight impressive overs.Leg-spinner Shawn Pereira supported with 3 for 33 while national junior player, Jonathan Rampersaud, took one wicket for no runs. In response, Junior Sinclair scored 35 while veteran Khemraj Mahadeo was unbeaten on 30 as RHTNTF reached 80 for 2 from 14.2overs.At the Port Mourant ground, Tucber Park, led by 61 from Guyana Under-19 player, Garfield, reached an imposing 289 for 4 from 40 overs. He received support from Anthony D’Andrade (46), Maxine De Jonge (40) and Damion Van Tull (35 not out). Port Mourant, in reply, were bundled out for 91 in 20 overs with Madhan Boodram (24) and West Indies Under-15 player, Rampertab Ramnauth (20) being the principal scorers.Off-spinner Martin Singh claimed 7 for 34 from seven destructive overs while E. Tanner took 2 for 6. Tucber Park would face defending Champions, Rose Hall Town Namilco Thunderbolt in the lone semifinals at the Area ‘H’ Ground.The Albion Community Centre Cricket Club amassed 273 for 9 from their allotted 40 overs. Former junior player, Kandasammy Surujnarine, struck a majestic 95, while former Guyana senior player, Rajiv Ivan made 35 and Anthonio February 22. Left-arm medium-pacer Devin Ramoutar and left-arm spinner Kassim Khan were YWCC best bowlers with 3 for 52 and 2 for 51 respectively.The visitors, in reply, were restricted to 171 for 8 despite 40 from Ishwar Singh, Linden Austin (36) and Vishal Mohabir (28). Under-17 off-spinner Sarwan Chaitnarine was Albion’s best bowler with 3 for 33 from eight overs. Albion would now await the winner of the semifinals.
Short hopsErnest DeLaura, a Florida man involved last year in an accident with a Porsche driven by oft-injured Carl Pavano has sued the ankees’ pitcher for injuries allegedly sustained in the crash, which the player initially tried to hide from the team. … Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin had an MRI Thursday and manager Terry Francona said Timlin would not throw a ball for a week. The MRI turned out OK, but his left side was still sore. … LHP Mark Redman agreed to a minor league deal with the Braves, who learned that Mike Hampton will be sidelined up to two months. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two senators plan to examine baseball’s $700 million, seven-year deal with DirecTV to determine its impact on fans. Under the agreement announced Thursday, the deal contains a provision that allows its “Extra Innings” package of out-of-market games to remain on cable television if the other incumbent providers – iN Demand and EchoStar Communications Corp.’s Dish Network – agree to match the terms. But Robert Jacobson, president of iN Demand Networks LLC, said those terms for the “Extra Innings” package of out-of-market games were impossible for his company to agree to and called it a “de facto exclusive deal.” “I will review this deal to ensure it benefits consumers,” said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. “I’m encouraged that Major League Baseball may be willing to provide broader access to their games than what was initially proposed. I will be watching closely to ensure the league works in good faith so that America’s pastime is available to all fans. My concern all along has been that fans continue to have the ability to enjoy baseball on television.” read more