Bedasie powers Wales Masters to 30-run win
Canadians play final game tomorrow against E/Bank
Under an almost cloudless sky and in glorious sunshine at Everest yesterday, the touring Inverhaugh Cricket Club from Canada failed to break their losing streak in Guyana when they lost by 30 runs to a Wales Masters X1 in their penultimate game on their trip to South America.
The Canadian bowlers were flayed to all parts of the lush green but heavy outfield by 39-year-old McGill Super Stars right-hander Naresh ‘Black Boy’ Badasie who clobbered four sixes and four fours in a pugnacious 65-ball 90 as the West Demerara side were bowled out for 212 with two balls remaining in their allotted 30 overs.
Former Cayman Islands Stanford t20 player, Guyanese Shaeed Mohamed grabbed 4-21 from six overs of incisive off-spin on a slow straw coloured pitch for Inverhaugh, who were restricted to 189-9, when their 30 overs expired.
The North American combination lost to Everest Masters and a Berbice X1 at Albion over the weekend, were scheduled to visit the majestic Kaieteur Falls today before playing their final game against an East Bank unit at Everest tomorrow.
Watched by a handful of spectators yesterday, Wales Masters won the toss and opted to bat first on a ground where the boundaries had to be ‘pulled in’ due to soggy conditions caused by rain and were given a solid 28-run start between Ramesh Thakur (12) and Orville Blacks (17) before Thakur was run out.
Terry Daniels and Anand Bharrat both departed for ducks to leave the score on 129-6 but the belligerent Bedasie, who was dropped thrice, capitalised on his fortune and hit the ball with wonderful timing and crunching power with a massive straight six easily clearing the Northern Sightscreen, against the Atlantic Breeze.
The Canal Number One batsman square drove leg-spinner Fazil Karrim for six to post his 50 and celebrated with a viciously pulled six next ball as he dominated the innings.
The burly Bedasie was eventually run out at 189-8 when 10 away from his fourth career century as tiredness took its toll on him.
Hassan Inshan smashed four fours in a cameo 24 to ensure the local side passed the 200 mark, despite Mohamed’s good effort with the ball.
In Inverhaugh’s reply, Vince Correia (20) was just beginning to look good when he was caught and bowled by off-spinner Krishna Mangal, while three runs later the visitors were backed up on the ropes when the experienced Mohamed (1) was trapped LBW to Abdool Shameer Samed to leave the score on 50-3.
Without the services of former West Indies player Sew Shivnarine, who departed Guyana yesterday after making useful contributions in the first two games, the Canadian side were always going to struggle once they were not able to achieve a ‘flying’ start.
With the required run rate for victory escalating, Roy Singh hit four fours and two sixes in a well constructed 44, threatened briefly but got little support as only Karrim (25) and Balkaran Maraj, who hit consecutive sixes in his 24, of the other batsmen reached 25.
Once a stupendous piece of fielding and a direct hit which shattered the wood work at the non-striker’s end by Bharrat from deep mid-wicket orchestrated the demise of Maraj, the North Americans were never in contention as Mangal and Sham Persaud finished with two wickets each for the Wales Masters.
The Canadian club, which was formed by Bart Singh & associates in 1995 and plays all their games on turf wickets within the grounds owned by Jan & Bart Singh, will hope to end their first tour to Guyana with a consolation win tomorrow. (Sean Devers)