Oct 09, 2012 Sports
Georgetown Cricket Club were declared champions of the Georgetown Cricket Association\New Building Society second division 40 over competition after their opponents Demerara Cricket Club refused to continue the game following the run out of one of their key batsmen, Dennis Squires.
DCC were in trouble at 128-7 when Squires who was on 22, played the ball to point and took off for a single, his partner Linden Lyght, who was on 13, responded late. The stumps were broken at the wicketkeeper’s end leaving both batsmen stranded at mid pitch, the umpires however ruled Squires out because the batsmen had not crossed at the time of the dismissal.
He refused to walk and DCC did not continue the match and left the venue shortly. The umpires then awarded the game to GCC.
Earlier, DCC won the toss and inserted their rival to bat who scored 207 before they were bowled out in 39.1 overs at Bourda. Openers Winston Forrester and Robin Bacchus added 22 for the first wicket before Bacchus was run out for 5.
Pacer Devon George then had Forrester caught at mid wicket for 26 before Alex Ramalho was run out for 1 to leave the score at 51-3. Almando Doman and Elon Fernandes joined forces and featured in a 4th wicket stand of 116 as the home team fought back. Fernandes slammed six fours before he was dismissed for 85, while Doman made 44(1×4). Devon Lord was the only other batsman that reached double figures while extra contributed 22 as George, who bowled with good variation, finished with 5-40 off 8 overs.
DCC in reply suffered an early set back when Kemol Savory was dismissed, hit wicket without scoring at 3. Cohen Ismond and Jahron Byron then took the score to 27 before Ismond was caught off Samuel McKenzie for 18.
Twenty one runs later GCC struck again when Byron was stumped for 15 off Forrester.
The visitors then lost Andrew Gibson for 12, Omesh Danram 6, and Jamal Hinckson for 24 before Squires and Linden Lyght got themselves involved in the run out which brought the game to an abrupt end. McKenzie, Forrester, Bacchus, Lord, Trevon France, Doman and Fernandes took one wicket each for the winners.
GCC received the winning trophy and a cash prize for their efforts, while Fernandes was given the man of the match award and each player from the winning team collected a medal. Doman received the prize for the best bowling figures (4.3-1-12-6), while Ryan Rajmangal of Police collected the award for batsman with the highest score (136) in the preliminary stage of the competition.
Zone A most valuable player was Saheed Mohamed with 11 wickets and 98 runs representing Everest Cricket Club, while Dennis Heywood of University of Guyana copped the prize from zone B, he took 16 wickets and scored 34 runs.
Awards were also given to the umpires Montgomery Chester, Mario Nicholls and Hortence Isaacs, match referee Omar Bacchus, book scorer Trevor Hussain and head groundsman Winston Williams.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, president of the GCA, Roger Harper, congratulated GCC for winning the game and said it was a disappointing finished to the competition on a day when the West Indies won a world championship.
He further stated that the matter will be dealt with by the GCA. Harper thanked NBS for coming on board, and GCC for hosting the game. Speaking on behalf of the sponsor, Bunny Majeed stressed on the importance of discipline and thanked the umpires, scorers, grounds men, journalists, and the match referee. He also urged the GCC players to continue training. (Zaheer Mohamed)
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