By Sean Devers
The Commissioner of Police (COP) Inter Division T20 Cricket competition sponsored by C. Persaud Dental Clinic and Laboratory continued yesterday with Tactical Services Unit (TSU) getting the better of Officers at Eve Leary and ‘D’ Division beating ‘G’ Division at the Guyana Defense Force ground.
The G3 is among the most powerful assault weapons and yesterday at the Eve Leary ground 25-year-old left-hander Ronald Alli brought his with him as he launched a consorted attack on TSU bowlers in an explosive 28-ball 82 (6×4 6×6) to spearhead Officers to an imposing 165-3 from their 20 overs.
However, TSU maintained their tactical position with much lighter artillery as a classy 82 from 44 balls from 24-year-old Stephon Blacks led them to 167-3 from 16.2 overs for an exciting three-wicket win in brilliant sunshine.
A large and vocal crowd urged on both teams as they battled for $200,000 winners’ prize on a slow track and slightly heavy outfield after TSU won the toss and asked Officers to bat first.
Officers were off to a solid 43-run start before Vishal Jaigobin (28) was bowled by Quintin Sugrim in the seventh over.
Linden Lord, who retired hurt for 18 added 20 with the rampaging Alli before Lord retreated to the pavilion with the score on 63-1 to bring Ravendra Boodram to the crease. While Boodram, who finished unbeaten on 25 with just two boundaries, played the supporting role, Alli fired away with all guns blazing and the pair brought up the 100 in the 14th over with an array of audacious shots.
Alli, a former Berbice under-15 player, lofted Linden MaKay for consecutive sixes before he drove Sugrim exquisitely to the cover boundary, whipped him disdainfully through mid-wicket for four and finished off an expansive over with a scorching four pasted extra cover.
Alli who escaped from the TSU clutches a number of time rode his luck before he was finally held at point off Black at 152-2 to finally break the 89- run partnership. Shiv Bacchus (1) was run out off the final ball of the innings to spark premature celebrations among the Officers supports.
Although not as brutal in his attack, Blacks took calculated risks and pierced the field with perfect precision after Police first division Football Goal Keeper Kevin Allicock (11) was LBW at 21-1. Kenton Grumble, who played some aggressive shots in an entertaining 32, was run out after hitting two fours and two sixes at 75-2.
The Officers were unable to put the shackles on the free flowing left-handed Blacks who reached the boundary eight times and cleared it twice in his scintillating exhibition of graceful stroke-play. But by the time he was bowled by Colin Sullivan at 157-3, victory was 10 runs away Rawle Haynes finished off the contest in emphatic fashion with a couple of glorious boundaries off successive balls.
The action continues tomorrow with ‘A’ division facing TSU at Eve Leary from 09:30 hrs and ‘E’ division taking on ‘B’ division at the same venue from 14:00hrs. At GDF, ‘D’ division opposes ‘F’ division from 09:30hrs
The runner-up team will collect $150,000 while the third placed side will take away $100,000 with the Most Valuable Player l receiving $25,000. Several other cash incentives will be up for grabs for other outstanding performers. The competition concludes on Sunday with the semi-final and Final at Eve Leary.
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