NBS second division cricket…GNIC beat Sophia, GYO shoot down Army on penalty runs
By Sean Devers
GNIC and GYO registered contrasting victories as action in the NBS second division 40-over cricket competition, organised by the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), continued yesterday with two truncated games in the City.
At Bourda, GYO shot down GDF by three wickets on penalty runs although when the game ended with Wicketkeeper Maxwell Fraser brilliantly stumping Shivdat Motie off Stephen Harris, it was the Army who were celebrating what they deemed a two-run win.
However, the Umpires pointed out to GDF captain, former First Class medium pacer Roderick Lovell, that he had contravened the playing Conditions by not bowling eight overs of pace, resulting in 10 penalty runs being added the GYO’s total.
Set 98 to win after a sodden ground had reduced the contest to 20 overs due to a late start, GYO panicked and ran themselves into trouble with a succession of run outs to finish on 95-7, needing 11
to win from the final over.
But they escaped with the win which was confirmed by Chairman of the GCA’s Competition Committee Shawn Messiah. The GCA official stated Lovell erred when he used a spinner to bowl the penultimate over and even a pacer delivered the last, GDF only used fast bowling for seven overs.
Former National under-19 skipper Kwame Crosse who made 25 and Wazeer Mohammed who top scored with 39 had kept GYO in the hunt with a 58-run fifth wicket partnership before the Woolford Avenue team lost their way as Harris finished with 3-17.
Earlier, Marcus Watkins (26), Isaiah Bijadder (22) and Fraser (11) had led the Soldier’s fight as Mark Hamilton took 3-12 and Richard Hoyte 2-14 to eventually lead their side to an unusual win.
And at GINC, the home team scrambled to a hard fought five-wicket victory in a low scoring affair which was also reduced to 20 overs per side because of morning rain.
Sophia were skittled out for 55 in 14.3 overs despite 27 from Dwayne Peters, but only Glenford Steven (7) of the other batsmen passed one run.
Jason George, Orlando Kirton and Ronole Bourne captured two wickets each for GNIC who struggled to 56- 5 in 13.3 overs with Stephon Campbell contributing 12 and Bourne an unbeaten 11. Peters took 2-13 in a useful all-round performance.