Raffik and Sons Construction T20 tourney …Albion CC and Courtland All Stars into final
A good all-round performance by Under-17 Balchand Baldeo and a four wicket haul from Under-17 left arm spinner Suruj Dookna guided Albion Community Centre to the final of the Raffik and Sons Construction second division T20 competition, following an easy victory over Port Mourant in their semifinal encounter.
Playing at Port Mourant ground, Albion chose to bat first, the opening pair of Kandasammy Surujnarine and Baldeo put on 34 before Surujnarine fell for 14; the second wicket fell five runs later.
Baldeo was then joined by Shivnarine Shrikissoon (20) and the two put on 54 for the third wicket with Baldeo going on to make 61 (8×4). Albion managed to reach 122 for 5 in their 20 overs. Jaipersaud Rawana took 2 for 21 from 4 overs for Port Mourant, who is response found themselves in early trouble as Dookna – who picked up 4 early wickets – pegged them back at 17 for 5.
Port Mourant never recovered and were eventually bowled out for 43, losing by 79 runs. Dookna ended with 4 for 12 from 4 overs and Baldeo 2 for 12 from 4 overs to round off a good all round effort.
In the other semifinal, Travis Williams’ fine display ensured a place for Courtland All Stars in the championship game after defeating home team Fyrish by 38 runs.
Courtland All Stars choosing to bat first slipped to 23 for 2 after 4 overs but a 50-run third wicket partnership between Michael Cummings and Kishon Sinclair put them back on track before Cummings fell for 45 and Sinclair 16 to leave them 83 for 4 in the 12th over.
Williams came in and he proceeded to put on 42 for the fifth wicket with Jamal Cort (17) and continued to carry the lower order to steer Courtland All Stars to 152 for 8 in their 20 overs with Williams remaining unbeaten on 36.
Bowling for Fyrish, Kevin Subramanie took 3 for 28 and off spinner Monilall Shivdyal 2 for 26, both from 4 overs each.
When Fyrish began their response, they had to contend with the all-off-spin attack of Travis Williams and Troy Matheson and were stuck back at 9 for 2. Twenty-four valuable runs were put on for the next wicket before two more quick wickets fell to leave them at 38 for 4 and then 52 for 5.
Williams then worked his magic again to grab the next four wickets as Fyrish struggled to 102 for 9 and eventually 114 all out in 18.5 overs. Monilall Shivdyal was the only shining light with 45.
Williams ended with 5 for 16 from 3.5 overs and Keon Sinclair 3 for 16 from 4 overs. Courtland All Star and Albion will meet in the final on Sunday November 24.