BCB/New York Business Group U-19 Tournament…Kevin SinclairBlairmont Community Centre Cricket Club pushed aside Albion Community Centre Cricket Club on Sunday last to join defending champions Rose Hall Town Pepsi in the final of the 2018 edition of the Berbice Cricket Board/New York Business Group Under-19 Inter-Club Cricket Tournament.Albion Community Centre and their arch rival, the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTYSC), MS, have dominated Berbice Cricket over the last decade, and have jointly contested most of the finals at the different levels.Playing at the Albion Ground, Blairmont won the toss and elected to field first. Heavy overnight rain caused a three-hour delay in the start of play, and the match was reduced to 30 overs a side. Albion made a mess of their innings batting first, being packed away inside 24 overs for just 91 runs.Ramesh Kassinauth (37) and Antonio February (20) batted well, but without any support from their teammates. While Nigel Deodat had 3-20, Seon Glasgow and Marvin Prashad both had 2 – 10 for the opposition.Kevlon AndersonIn response, Blairmont reached 94 for 3 from 18 overs, with Glasgow returning with the bat to blast a quick-fire 55 not out, supported by Javed Karim with 14. Karran Arjpaul claimed 2 – 23 and Beesham Surujnarine 1 – 29 for Albion.Meanwhile, National middle order batsman Kevlon Anderson struck a majestic 125 to spearhead Rose Hall Town Pepsi to an imposing 235 for 6 from 35 overs. Overnight rain also affected the start of this match, but for only two hours, and the match was reduced to 35 overs per side.Anderson received support from Berbice Under-19 all-rounder Keith Simpson, who scored 35; and Berbice Under-17 batsman Chanderpaul Govindan, who scored 25. Rommel Reitman was Tucber Park’s best bowler, with 3 for 41; while Nicholas Haywood, Brandon Corlette and Abdul Ramsammy claimed a wicket apiece with 38, 42 and 28 respectively.The visitors were then restricted to 158 for 9, with Reitman scoring an aggressive 46 and Malcolm Mickle (35), Brandon Corlette (18) and Zeymul Ramsammy (14*) being the only batsmen to reach double figures. National Under-19 off-spinner Kevin Sinclair took 3 for 15, while Junior Sinclair supported with 2 for 13.The finale is scheduled to be played on Friday and Saturday at the Albion Cricket Ground from 13:30hrs. It will be concluded under lights at 20:30 hours. For the first time in Berbice, pink balls would be used.The match promises to be thriller, with both teams sporting several promising and highly talented players.The triumphant team will be $100,000 richer, while the runner-up will have to settle for $50,000. A man-of-the-match award is also up for grabs.
The new Airticity League season gets underway this weekend, and in terms of the First Division, Finn Harps have drawn the short straw having been given the toughest possible opening day fixture.Harps will make the long trip south on Friday (kick-off at Jackman Park at 7.45pm) to face Limerick, the red hot favourites to win this season’s First Division title.The has been plenty of comings and goings at Finn Park during the closed season as Manager Peter Hutton and Director of Football Felix Healy put together a squad which both hope will see a change in fortunes for Harps after three disappointing seasons. It will be a first full season in charge for the Derry duo. And while the likes of Marc Brolly, Packie Mailey and Mark Forker have departed, many new faces have been added to the squad. Adam Clarke (Limavady United), Ciarán Greene (Glencar Celtic), Hugh Carlin (Dergview), Thomas McMonagle (on loan from Derry City), Darragh Healy (Sligo Rovers), Paul McVeigh (Fanad United) and Thomas McBride (Institute) have arrived.With so many new faces arriving, Harps have had a mixed bag of results in friendlies in the lead up to the new campaign. “Pre-season has been fine,” said Harps Director of Football Felix Healy. “We’ve had the usual problems of training facilities available and pitches which are extremely heavy at this time of year. Although I have to say that everyone in the County has been tremendously helpful, particularly the good people at Glengad and Rathmullan. Their hospitality was first class.”So, what does Healy see as a target for Harps in 2012? “We haven’t really set any goals as such. Obviously we would like to achieve better results than last season but we will just take each game as it comes. I’m not sure how the eight team league will turn out, only time will tell. However, I do expect it to be very competitive indeed. The other proposals doing the rounds wouldn’t have represented good news for us at Harps.”“From our perspective, we have assembled a relatively young side. How they gel together and how quickly it can be done will be pivotal for Peter and I,” continues Healy. “Confidence is vital for any side. Therefore the quicker we can amass points the better we will perform this season.” Harps and Limerick also played the opening match of last season, although that game took place at Finn Park. Then, like now, Limerick were many people’s favourites to finish top of the pile. “We couldn’t have asked for a tougher examination in our first game but we will be going there hoping to make it extremely tough for them too,” says Healy. “Obviously, everyone expects Limerick to be the dominant force in the division this year and I wouldn’t disagree with that. As for everyone else, a number of clubs have appeared to have strengthened but only time will tell.”Harps will have to plan without the suspended Stephen O’Donnell on Friday, while Manager Peter Hutton will serve a one-match touchline ban.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TEAM NEWSSuspended: Stephen O’Donnell (1 Match). Doubtful: None.Injured: None.Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: W-L-L-W-L-L (6 pts) Limerick: W-W-W-W-W-W (18 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Previous away games against Limerck06/05/2007 – Limerick 37 1-1 Finn Harps (First Division)03/08/2007 – Limerick 37 1-3 Finn Harps (First Division)08/05/2009 – Limerick 1-1 Finn Harps (First Division)31/10/2009 – Limerick 3-0 Finn Harps (First Division)08/06/2010 – Limerick 2-1 Finn Harps (First Division)20/05/2011 – Limerick 1-0 Finn Harps (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers Pre-Season 2012Blain Curtis – 2Kevin McHugh – 2Barry O’Mahony – 1~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Pre-Season Results 2012 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)24/01/2012 – Limavady United 1-0 Finn Harps07/02/2012 – Derry City 3-0 Finn Harps14/02/2012 – Crusaders 1-0 Finn Harps19/02/2012 – Dundalk 1-0 Finn Harps22/02/2012 – Dergview 0-1 Finn Harps (O’Mahony)24/02/2012 – Cockhill Celtic 2-2 Finn Harps (Curtis 2)26/02/2012 – Finn Harps 2-0 Buncrana Hearts (McHugh 2)HARPS TRAVEL TO LIMERICK TO FACE FAVOURITES IN SEASON OPENER was last modified: March 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Airtricity Leaguefinn harpsLimerick