Anderson, Giddings spur RHTB to title triumph

The Rose Hall Town Bakewell team along with members of the Lewis family.

National under-19 all-rounder, Kevlon Anderson played a pivotal innings with the bat while West Indies women star, Erva Giddings, was crucial with the ball to spur Rose Hall Town Bakewell (RHTB) to yet another title, this time the Berbice Cricket Board Rhonda Lewis Memorial T20 title with a 130-run win against Whim over the weekend.

Playing in the lower Corentyne division, RHTB won the toss and elected to bat, reaching 199-4 from their allotted overs before dismissing Whim for 69 in 17 overs.

RHTB were up against the wall early on losing Jason Sinclair but the National under-19 pair of Kevin Sinclair and Anderson added 80. Kevin Sinclair, a naturally aggressive stroke maker, was brutal in his knock of 68 striking six sixes and five fours before holding out to deep mid-wicket.

With RHTB 98-3 at the half way stage,  Jonathan Rampersaud and Man-of-the-Match Anderson shared in a century stand with Anderson, the senior batsman falling off the final delivery of the innings for a brilliant 91 that included a dozen fours and a lone six while Rampersaud was unbeaten on 22. Yogindra Harrinarine ended with 2-44 from four overs.

Whim, in reply, never got up to scratch as Anderson returned to make the first breakthrough in the second over while  Sylus Tyndall and Giddings supported with  2-14 and 3-19 respectively.

Kevin Sinclair was also effective, taking 2-15.

Earlier in the day, they brushed aside Fyrish in a 65-run win in their semifinal.

Rose Hall Town Bakewell amassed 160-3 from 15 overs with Junior Sinclair top scoring with 64. Kevin Sinclair (31) and Anderson (39)  lent excellent support.

Fyrish, in return, was restricted to 95-8 with Krishna Rengasammy (15) and R. Ramcharran (26) being the main contributors. Junior Sinclair returned to take 4-7.

BCB President Hilbert Foster hailed the tournament as a tremendous success and expressed gratitude to the Lewis family for sponsoring the tournament which attracted large crowds to the different venues.

Lindon Lewis, father of Rhonda hailed the outstanding organising skills of the Berbice Cricket Board in organising a tournament of high standard as a tribute to his daughter who died of cancer in 2006 at the tender age of 17.

Lewis committed his family to sponsoring the tournament in the future once he was satisfied with the leadership of Berbice Cricket.

During the ceremony, various awards were presented including Mahendra Charran (Best Fielder), Jonathan Rampersaud (Most Disciplined), Anderson (Most Runs in the tournament), Junior Sinclair (Most Wickets in Tournament), Chanderpaul Govindan (wicketkeeper with most dismissals), Kevin Sinclair (MVP of the Tournament) and Giddings won the Award for being the best bowler in the finals while the talented Anderson took home the best batsman award.

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