By Zaheer Mohamed
Gandhi Youth Organization (GYO) won the Georgetown Cricket Association\ Banks Malta Supreme U-13 25 overs competition by defeating Transport Sports Club (TSC) by 45 runs in the final yesterday at GYO ground.
GYO posted 320 off their allocated overs but lost 5 wickets which reduced them to 270 after they were inserted by TSC in front of a small but vocal crowd. Pradesh Balkishun top scored with 21, while Anil Singh 15, Chandra Mohan 11 and Robin Williams 10 supported well. Alex Rogers (09) and Anil Singh featured in a third wicket stand
27 to steady the host innings before Balkishun and Mohan beefed up the total with a last wicket stand of 37. Toney Singh, Joel Spooner, Randy Persaud and Ronald Jaisingh picked up 1 wicket each.
TSC started off their reply cautiously as their batsmen rotated the strike well and managed to keep their wickets intact, but Balkishun brought GYO back into the contest with a 3 wicket haul conceding 9 runs from 3 overs. His efforts were mainly responsible for TSC being restricted for 285-6 in 25 overs but finished on 225 after the deduction for dismissals were made (10 runs for each wicket lost). Adrian Hinds led with 21 and Mark Baptiste 09. The pair added 39 for the last wicket. Mahendra Dindyal and Danesh Alli backed up Balkishun with 1 each.
Both teams received trophies while members of both teams were given medals. Balkishun collected the prizes for the best batsman, bowler and most valuable player in the final and Hinds received the best fielder award.
Elnathan Suknanand took the trophy for the best bowling performance in the competition (6-6), Hinds collected the prize for the best batsman in the tournament, Sachin Premchand of Everest grabbed the award for picking up the most wickets while the most outstanding all-rounder accolade went to Nicholas Sattaur (61 runs and 8 wickets).
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, president of the GCA Roger Harper thanked Banks DIH for their support and congratulated GYO adding that they played well through out the tournament; he also paid tribute to TSC.
Communications manager of Banks DIH Ltd Troy Peters said that the company is pleased to be associated cricket at this level. He stated that they are happy with the commitment shown by the youngsters and hope that they can grow from strength to strength. He urged the coaches to continue working with the players and wish them well in the future. Peters also spoke about the importance of discipline.
Meanwhile, vice president of the GYO Khemraj Ramjattan donated books to players from both teams and urged them to take their education seriously.
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