Monroe Road Masters beat GCA XI by 14 runs
A fighting half-century from the in-form Sheik Mohamed could not inspire victory for a Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) XI, who went down by 14 runs to Monroe Road Masters of Trinidad and Tobago in a feature 20-over match at the Everest Cricket Club ground on Wednesday.
Chasing 191 for victory after restricting Monroe Road Masters to 190-5 from the allotted overs, GCA XI were then restricted to 176-6 when the overs expired with the left-handed Mohamed hitting a topscore of 58 (6x4s).
The former national wicketkeeper/batsman a fortnight ago slammed a belligerent hundred to guide Everest Masters to victory over Floodlight Masters in a pre-Emancipation 25-over softball match.
Mohamed and Ron Ramnauth, who cracked 33 apiece with four fours, gave GCA XI a blazing start of 86 in eight overs, but once Ramnauth was dismissed, a middle-order collapse slowed things down, thereby affording the visitors the opportunity of sneaking back into contention.
Khemraj Ramdial was the pick of the bowlers with 4-33, while Ramesh Singh bagged 2-24 to complete an excellent all-round performance.
Singh had earlier flayed the GCA XI bowlers to all parts of the outfield in a whirlwind knock of 93. He hammered nine sixes and eight fours to power the twin-island team to a comfortable and eventual winning total.
At the presentation ceremony which followed the game, Monroe Road Masters presented Mohamed with a trophy for his batting display.