On a day blessed with glorious sunshine a small but raucous crowd saw Trinidad club side KNT Cosmos squeeze past host Everest by three runs on Sunday with a ball to spare in their opening match of their Guyana tour.
The side from the Twin Island Republic who were scheduled to oppose an Enterprise under-23 side on the East Coast yesterday, reached 177-7 off their allotted 30 overs after early morning rain delayed the start of the contest.
The dreadlocked Deolal Persad led the way for the tourist with a blistering 42-ball 63 and then returned to capture 4-25 with his off-spin as the Everest Masters were bowled out for 174 in the final over in an exciting finish.
The 32-year-old Persad smashed six fours and two sixes and back-to-back boundaries over extra cover and had the spectators on their feet.
Persad, who batted at number four in the order, got support from Rohan Mangal and Kalapersaud Sanasie who both made 21 on the slow and straw coloured track as Skipper Rajesh Singh captured 2-21 from four overs.
When Everest began their reply a stupendous straight drive by former Guyana wicketkeeper Sheik Mohamed off Cameron Soodeo proved the shot of the day before the left-hander was bowled off the next delivery for five to leave the home side on 12-1.
Former youth batsman Hemraj Garbarran and former Cayman Islands Stanford T20 player Guyanese Shaeed Mohamed orchestrated ‘operation rebuild’ with a 62-run partnership before Mohamed, who hit five fours and a six in his 38, was bowled by Naresh Roopan.
Garbarran’s 38 was decorated with three fours and a six, while Suresh Persaud (30) and the powerful Rohan Sarjoo (18) also chipped in before Persad picked up key wickets.
Persad, who claimed the Man-of-the-Match award, bowled Paul Parsram for four at 163-9 and with 13 needed from the last over Johnny Azeez hit Jordon Sankarran back over his head for six off the first ball of the over the keep the match on a knife’s edge.
However, Everest were never allowed to score freely and Singh was bowled off the penultimate ball of the over with four required to win.
Mohinder Ganesh and Naresh Roopan supported Persad with two wickets each.
The tour continues for Cosmos today when they face GYO at GYO before opposing Enmore at Enmore tomorrow.
Cosmos face the Enterprise ‘B’ team on Thursday before traveling to face-off with Rose Hall on Friday.
On Saturday, the Trinis battle the Enterprise senior team before participating in a t20 competition at Enterprise the next day.
Next week Cosmos will play matches against Enterprise and Lusignan (Wednesday August 29) and are also expected to visit one of Guyana’s creeks next Monday as a part of their sight seeing plans.
A farewell party is planned for September 4 before the visitors return to Trinidad on September 5. (Sean Devers)
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