Queensway Cup 50-over cricket
By Sean Devers
On a typically flat, slow and dusty Everest track, fast bowlers Kevin Ogle and Joshua Wade collected six wickets between them to help GCC to a seven-wicket win against Everest as the Georgetown Cricket Association’s Queensway 50 overs cricket competition commenced yesterday.
Wade took 3-20 from six overs and his new ball partner Ogle 3-30 from six and got support from left-arm spinner Ray Nanan (2-23) as Everest were bowled out for 137 in 42.3 overs after they were invited to bat in scorching heat.
Everest Left- arm pacer Azad Mohamed then took the first two wickets including West Indies left-hander Leon Johnson, but GCC, led by an unbeaten 86-ball 54 from West Indies ‘A’ team batsman Assad Fudadin, recovered from 30-2 to reach 138-3 in 38 overs to advance to the second round of the knockout competition.
A small crowd saw Ogle trap National player Rajendra Chandrika leg before for eight at 17-1 before he removed Dayanand Roopnarine for a duck four runs later.
In a competition in which the regulations mandate that the pacers must bowl at least 40% of the total overs to help develop fast bowlers, Wade joined the party by inducing former Guyana under-19 opener Chris Patandin (6) to edge a catch to Fudadin at slip and then got rid of the burly Vijay Narine (1) two runs later as the Camp Road team slipped to 27-4.
When Krishna Deosarran provided Fudadin with another catch at slip before he had scored off the impressive Wade Everest were 28-5. The demise of Skipper Troy Gonsalves; bowled by Ogle for six, left the hosts wobbling on the ropes at 36-6.
Mohan Ramdeen who hit five fours in 40 and Surujpaul Deosarran (32) staged a recovery with a fighting 66-run partnership before spinner Gavin Singh bowled Ramdeen at 99-7.
Deosarran found a useful partner in wicketkeeper Joseph Perry (21*) to take their team to 130 before Fudadin held his third catch for his adopted City club as Nanan struck to get rid of Deosarran. The last two wickets fell in successive overs as Perry ran out of partners.
When GCC began their reply Robin Bacchus (9) clobbered two boundaries to suggest that an early finish was on the cards before pulling Mohamed to deep square-leg at 12-2.
With medium pacer Surujpaul Deosarran injured, Everest opened the bowling with the off-spin of Surat and Skipper Johnson elegantly square-drove him for four before a ball ‘kicked’ off a good length from Mohamed and Johnson (10) edged a catch to slip to leave the visitors on 30-2.
When Chandrika removed Ricardo Jadunauth for 38 at 74-3 the result was never really in question as Fudadin was joined by Jeetendra Sookdeo who made 21 not out to see their team home.
Mohamed took 2-30 for Everest who were without their First Class leg spinner Amir Khan and under-19 batsman Chanderpaul Hemraj, who had to attend an interview at the Embassy yesterday.
The pair along with Ronsford Beaton are preparing to travel to India next month with the West Indies under-19 team.
The competition continues tomorrow with Vikings facing Police at Police, Third Class taking on Malteenoes at DCC and University of Guyana battling Transport Sport Club at UG in the other first round matches.
A date for the final first round match between GDF and GYO will be known shortly since the GDF ground is unavailable tomorrow. The four first round winners will face each other in the second round on Sunday.
C Patandin c Fudadin b Wade 6
R Chandrika lbw b Ogle 8
D Roopnarine c Johnson b Ogle 0
V Narine c Jadunauth b Wade 1
K Deosarran c Fudadin b Wade 0
M Ramdeen b Singh 40
T Gonsalves b Ogle 6
S Deosarran c Fudadin b Nanan 32
J Perry not out 21
C Surat c Sookdeo b Nanan 3
A Mohamed lbw b Johnson 0
Extras (w-17, lb-3) 20
Total (all out in 42.3 overs) 137
FoW:17, 21,25, 27, 28, 36, 99,
130, 137, 137
Bowling: Wade 6-0-20-3, Ogle 6-1-30-3,
Fudadin 5-1-13-0, Singh 10-0-23-1,
Nanan 8-2-23-2, Johnson 7.3-0-25-1
R Jadunauth c Gonsalves b Chandrika 38
R Bacchus c Patandin b Mohamed 9
L Johnson c K Deosarran b Mohamed 10
A Fudadin not out 54
J Sookdeo not out 21
Extras (nb-1, w-5) 6
Total (for 3 wickets off 38 overs) 138
FoW: 12, 30, 74,
Bowling: Surat 8-0-36-0, Mohamed 8-1-30-2,
Gonsalves 10-1-32-0, Patandin 3-0-10-0,
Chandrika 6-0-18-1, Roopnarine 2-0-7-0,
Result: GCC win by three wickets
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