Carib/Pepsi Big Smash t20 cricket…Pitbulls devour Young Conquerors to book last semi-final spot
The Gizmos & Gadgets Georgetown Pitbulls yesterday ruthlessly devoured Noble House Young Conquerors in a one-sided Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Carib/Pepsi Big Smash t20 Super-eight cricket match at Everest to book the last place in Friday’s Semifinal.
Church’s Chicken Corentyne Titans’ Sewnarine Chattergoon and Elton Baker from the President’s X1 have recorded centuries in the 11-team competition so far and yesterday left-arm unorthodox spinner Totaram Bishun produced a mesmerizing spell to produce the competition’s first five-wicket haul. His superb spell sent the Conquerors crashing to 64 all out in 10 overs as they responded to the 143-7 off 20 overs made by the Pitbulls.
Bishun, a pencil-thin former National under-19 player, befuddled the batsmen with his both-way spin to finish the match with wickets off consecutive deliveries and figures of 6-16 off three overs on the spin-friendly track.
The Pitbulls were never allowed to score quickly on the heavy outfield early in their innings and were in trouble at 48-5 before Waslim Haslim who hit two sixes and two fours in 32 from 17 balls revived the position.
Deon Ferrier, a member of Guyana’s first Championship t20 team in 2006, clobbered an unbeaten 35 from just 15 balls and peppered left-arm Guyana t20 pacer Andre Stoll for two sixes and a four in the dying stages of the innings after five wickets had tumbled for 24 runs in the middle overs.
Trevon Griffith (16) was caught behind off Jomal La Fleur at 24-1 as Wicketkeeper Jason Sinclair continued his excellent form behind the stumps in the competition, while Shemroy Barrington (1) was removed by pacer Joshua Wade at 25-2.
West Indies t20 player Chris Barnwell, back in the side after playing against Bangladesh ‘A’ for the Windies ‘A’ team, was also caught behind by the Berbician Sinclair for eight as off-spinner Kevin Ramdeen struck at 40-3 and when teenage leg-spinner Shawn Pereira got rid of Steven Jacobs for a duck and Rajendra Chandrika for a painstaking 13 in the space of eight runs, the City side had slumped to 48-5.
Wade dismissed Haslim at 87-6 and Stoll sent back Troy Gonsalves for 20 before Ferrier and Kellon Carmichael (5*) featured in a rapid unfinished 35-run partnership before the 20 overs expired.
Wade took 2-20 from four overs and Perreira 2-17 from three for the Conquerors who lost Robin Bacchus (14) to Jacobs at 17-1 and never recovered in sultry conditions.
West Indies under-19 player Kwame Crosse was run out for three and Jacobs had La Fleur stumped by Joseph Perry for five to leave the score on 24-3.
Travis Blyden, just back from a successful overseas stint in Canada, made 15 before running out of partners as only Stoll (who hit Gonsalves for two fours in his only over which cost 17 runs) of the other batsmen reached double figures with 11 as Bishun sliced through the order like a hot knife through butter.
Jacobs supported with 2-19 from four overs for the Pitbulls who joins Corentyne Titans, Mario Pizza West Berbice and the GCB President’s X1 in the semi-finals at Albion on Friday.