Bacchus, Narine guide Ravens to Singh Memorial T\20 title
Outstanding performances by Kasim Bacchus and Laxmikant Narine guided Ravens Sports Club to a fighting 3 run victory over Sparwin Sports Club in the final of the Sooknarine Singh Memorial twenty\20 cricket competition which played last Sunday at the Sparta cricket ground on the Essequibo Coast.
Ravens won the toss and decided to bat first in front of a large and colourful crowd. They suffered the loss of a few early wickets but sensible batting by Kasim Bacchus, who led the scoring with 34, Fenton Jacobus 16 and Laxmikant Narine 14 saw them to 117-8 off their allotment of overs.
Bacchus started slowly but gradually grew in confidence stroking four lovely fours and one six and shared in a 34 run 4th wicket partnership with Narine before the latter was caught trying to clear the infield. Bacchus then put together 23 runs for the 5th wicket with Jacobus who hit one six but when they both departed within 5 runs of each other no other batsmen managed to step up the scoring as offspinners Pooran Shivpersaud took 2-27 and Kishan Narine 2-14.
Sparwin in reply were pegged back by Narine’s accurate medium pace before Kishan Narine and Darren Gobin added 55 for the 5th wicket stand taking the score to 75 in the 15th over. Rawl Reid however removed Narine for 37 in the 16th over, while Laxmikant Narine, who came back for a second spell, accounted for Gobin who made 35.
Two more wickets fell in quick succession before Fizul Hussain, who tried to step up the scoring, lost his wicket for 10 in the 19th over. Dhaniram Lall and Sudesh Lall, who both ended unbeaten on 4, only managed to score 6 off the final over as their team ended on 114-8. Laxmikant Narine bagged 4-26 off 4 overs, while Reid took 1-19.
Kishan Narine was given the man of the match and most outstanding batsman of the tournament awards while the competition’s best bowler was Timmy Rambarran. Rawl Reid took the trophy for taking the best catch in the final. Ravens received a trophy and $30,000 and Sparwin took home a trophy and $20,000.
Meanwhile, Aurora defeated Police in the third place off. Police batted first and scored 111-9 in 20 overs and Aurora responded with 114-8 in 19.3. Both teams received trophies. Barry Singh, a member of the Singh family, thanked the teams for participating and congratulated the winners. He also thanked the following donors, Bish Feed Shop, Robin Nandalall and Gobin Seurattan. The competition was played in memory of Sooknarine Singh a former businessman of La Belle Alliance and a former cricketer of the Hampton Court Cricket Club. (Zaheer Mohamed)