Jacobs takes Man-of-the-Match on T&TEC debut in Trinidad
Says standard is far higher than Guyana’s club cricket
Queen’s Park Cricket Club boosted their advantage atop the Trinidad and Tobago Eastern Credit Union Premier Division standings after thrashing CLICO Preysal by 174 runs in round five at the Queen’s Park Oval, while T&TEC continued their impressive debut season with an outright victory over Alescon Comets by eight wickets at Pierre Road over the weekend.
Guyanese Steven Jacobs performed with both bat and ball to take the Man-of-the-Match award on his debut for T&TEC and lead his Trinidad side to their first League victory.
The 22-year-old Jacobs, who played just nine matches in a First-Class career which began five years ago, took 5-36 with his off-spin and got support from Jason Mohamed (4-14) as Comets were bowled out for 164 in their first innings on Saturday.
Jacobs, the former West Indies under-19 Skipper who will play five two-day games before returning to Guyana at the end of May, then fell five short of his fifty as T&TEC reached 335 in reply and Guyanese USA based Azrudeen Mohamed top scored with 70.
Jacobs, who captains Malteenoes in Guyana’s first division cricket returned to take 3-85 and got support from T&T national pacers Richard Kelly (2-42) and Kevon Cooper (2-17) as Comets made 228 in their second innings.
T&TEC needing 59 for victory in eight overs, used up just 4.2 overs to reach 60-2 as Mohammed top-scored with 24 and Jason Mohammed hit an unbeaten 20.
“I am trying to play competitive two-day cricket because I didn’t really have a chance to play a lot of good quality 2 innings cricket in Guyana apart from at the Inter County level. Playing here (T&T) will improve my concentration and ability to score big runs,” Jacobs told Kaieteur Sport from the Twin Island Republic.
“The standard is far higher than Guyana’s Division One cricket because all of the Trinidad and Tobago National players and several First-Class cricketers from other West Indian countries also play in Trinidad’s club cricket making it very competitive,” Jacobs who played in only the last matches of this year’s regional four-day competition despite being in the Guyana squad for the entire tournament, said.
The batting all-rounder said the standard is also high because there are only ten teams in the highest division and the players are not scattered all over. (Sean Devers)