GCC beat touring Canadians at Bourda
Left-handed middle order batsman Vishaul Singh stroked a fine unbeaten 58 to spearhead GCC to an emphatic eight-wicket win against the touring Ontario Cricket Association (OCA) X1 of Canada in a T20 match-up at Bourda yesterday.
The 24-year-old Singh, who played nine First-Class matches for Guyana between 2009 and 2011, struck seven boundaries, including the one to finish to game with the scores level, as GCC reached 107-2 off 17.5 overs replying to the 103-9 off 20 overs made by the visitors.
OCA, on their debut overseas tour, and comprising four Indians, six Pakistanis and three players from Afghanistan, enjoyed a brief period of success when GCC lost opener Winston Forrester who top-edged a return catch to Adnan in the first over before the Bourda Boys had scored.
Skipper Leon Johnson, just back from a successful tour to India with the West Indies ‘A’ team faced 16 balls before he charged down the track to off-spinner Sarab Dhillon and was stumped for 5 to leave the hosts on 25-2 in 10 overs.
However, once Pakistani left-arm fast bowler Adnan completed a miserly four-over spell which cost just seven runs and Sarab (1-16 from 4 overs), were out of the attack things got progressively easier for the batsmen as Singh and Elion Fernandes (26*) featured in an unfinished 82-run partnership to see their team home.
Earlier, the team from North America, which lost their opening 40-over game against host Enmore on Sunday and their first t20 clash on Monday to Everest, lost their way after Ayaub Ahmad (31) and Sarab (34) had offered some resistance.
Devon Lord continued his good form with the ball by grabbing 4-17 while fellow left-arm spinner Raj Nanan took 2-14. On Monday, Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Ryan Ramdass who both scored 35 and Troy Gonsalves who hammered a pugnacious 44 spurred Everest to 155-5 when their 20 overs expired.
Ahmad captured 3-31 for OCA who were restricted to 63-8 off their allotted 20 overs as Akbar Hussain top-scored with 13. The tourists play their final game today in Berbice when they face-off with Albion in a t20 affair before leaving on Thursday morning for Trinidad where they will play two t20 matches. (Sean Devers)