A defining spell of bowling from pacer Keon Sinclair helped Rose Hall Town Pepsi (RHT Pepsi) advance to the semifinals of the Elizabeth Styles Under-19, 50 overs cricket competition, following their 46 run win over home team Skeldon Community Centre.
The match, which was reduced to 45 overs-a-side due to rain, saw RHT Pepsi choosing to bat first and was given a start of 67 by Arif Chan and Devin Baldeo. Following the demise of Baldeo for 32, Chan added a further 36 for the third wicket with all-rounder Shailendra Shameer (18) to see them to 116 for 3.
They progressed to 122 for 3 in 34.2 overs before Skeldon off-spinners shut off the runs flow whilst picking up wickets at the same time. Chan fell for the top score of 48 as RHT Pepsi lost their last seven wickets in 5.4 overs for just eight runs; they were all out for 130 in 40 overs.
Dion Esau snared 4 for 8 from 8 overs, Umesh Kumar supported with 3 for 35 from 9 overs and Parmanand Narine 2 for 16 from 5 overs.
Skeldon Community Centre’s joy of limiting RHT Pepsi were however short lived as they found the going tough against the pace of Keon Sinclair as they struggled to 2 for 8 in 6.1 overs. Off-spinner Shailendra Shameer picked up the third wicket at the same score orchestrating a battling collapse.
They were soon stuttering at 28 for 7 from 13.2 overs. A bit of late resistance from Kamesh Sugrim (19*) and Azad Mohamed with 16 added a bit of respectability to the final score as Skeldon were bowled out for 84 in 31 overs. Keon Sinclair ended with 6 for 22 from 9 overs.
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