Berlan of Bermudian Landing upset defending champions, Excellence 182-181 in Double Head Cabbage at the first semifinal match of the 2013 SMART Harrison Parks National Cricket Competition in Double Head Cabbage, while Sunrise of Lords Bank eliminated the defending sub-champions, Western Eagles, 229-84 in Rancho Dolores on Saturday, June 1.
Excellence batted first and Kenny Broaster hit two boundaries to score 12 runs before he was caught on a ball from Berlan’s Kevin “Uzi” Flowers, who also dismissed his partner for a scant four runs.
Orson “Big Dawg” Flowers entered to hit four boundaries, scoring 23 runs before he was given Leg Before Wicket on a ball from Lloyd Cassasola. Isson Flowers entered to hit three boundaries scoring 21 runs before Cassasola bowled him out, and Brandon Broaster entered to hit a six and two boundaries for 16 runs before Cassasola bowled him out also.
Man of the Match, Herbert Banner, took the next wicket for zero runs. Excellence Captain Ian Broaster entered to bat one boundary scoring seven runs before he was caught on a ball from “Uzi” Flowers.
Young Emmanuel McFadzean also hit three boundaries, scoring 27 runs before he was caught on a ball from Cyril Banner. Jeovanni Cassasola took the next wicket for five runs. Earl Weir entered to hit a six and five boundaries to score 32 runs and remain not out. Marlon “Camala” Nicholas hit a six to score 10 runs as he partnered with Weir, but Lloyd Cassasola bowled him out. With 41 byes, five leg byes and 14 wides, the Double Head batsmen totalled 181 runs all out.
When the visitors came to bat, Kenny Broaster took the first wicket for one run, while Lloyd Cassasola hit a single six to score 13 runs before he was caught on a ball from Ian Broaster. Kenny dismissed the next batsman for two runs and Ian Broaster bowled out the next two batsmen for one run.
Berlan’s captain Conway Young had managed only four singles when he was caught on a ball from Orson Flowers. It seemed Excellence had the game in the bag until Man of the Match Herbert Banner entered to bat.
Berlan fans cheered as he walloped six sixes and two boundaries to score 54 runs before he was finally caught on a ball from Kenny Broaster.
Ian Broaster took the next wicket for zero runs, but Jermaine Baizar gave Berlan fans hope as he partnered with Banner, and he hit three sixes and five boundaries to score 52 runs before he was caught on a ball from Marlon Nicholas. Victory was now in sight and Tyrone Bood entered to hit a six and four boundaries to score 20 runs as he partnered with Lamont Russell and surpassed Excellent’s 181, score, with both batters remaining not out.
Excellence will need a victory in Bermudian landing next Saturday to take the series to a third game.
Sunrise simply blew away the Western Eagles in Rancho Dolores. Michael Sobers led the Sunrise batting with 63 runs, while Lindon Hyde hit another 33 runs. Gareth Banner scored 22, while Alburn Rivero and Jonathan Benjamin scored 12 runs each.
Rancho’s Andrew Banner took three wickets while Kenroy Roca and Dean Perez Sr each took two. But the visitors from Lord’s Bank had amassed 229 runs before their last wicket fell.
Sunrise’s Dwayne Hendy and Jonathan Benjamin each took four wickets to deny the hosts any chance of equalling that score and Mykelt Anthony and Lindon Hyde each took one wicket.
Eagle captain Dirk Sutherland managed 25 runs and Kenroy Roca batted 20 runs, but the hosts had scored only 84 runs before their last wicket fell.
Sunrise will now host Brilliant of Crooked Tree in the first match of their semifinal series in Lord’s Bank on Saturday, June 8.