By Sean Devers
The Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Carib Beer T20 first division cricket competition continued yesterday with three matches at two venues and GNIC, TSC and Police were in winner’s row despite a well crafted unbeaten 64 from West Indies under-19 Opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul for Everest against GNIC in the feature game.
The 17-year-old First Class left-hander stroked five fours and a six as he carried his bat right through the Everest 20 overs to register the days’ only fifty but his undefeated knock failed to give the home team victory as they fell 15 short of GNIC’s 136-7.
The 56-year-old Clyde Butts stifled Everest batsmen with excellent flight and subtle variations and bowled slower than any of the division one spin pretenders.
The present Chairman of West Indies selection panel, played seven Tests for the Regional side in the 1980s and total confused the young batsmen as he tossed the ball tantalizingly to the leaden footed batsmen as he finished with 2-16 from fours overs despite three scoring shots off his bowling being two under-edged sweeps and a boundary that went right through the boundary rider.
His two wickets included First-Class batsman Chanderpaul Hemraj (14), while he bemused the young Chanderpaul with his lack of pace on the ball as the opener used the pace of the other bowlers to his advantage. Butts got good support from his son Collis Butts, who had 2-21, on a good track for batting in sweltering heat.
Chanderpaul lofted left-arm spinner Leroy Bristol for an effortless six and stroked him for four in Bristol’s next over after being dropped at cover off the previous delivery. The teenage son of prolific Test batsman Shiv Chanderpaul then whipped pacer Roy Simon for back-to back fours but in the end his effort was too little too late as he got no support from the other end as Everest could only reach 121-7.
GNIC were led to their total thanks to a late rally from Dexter Solomon who hit two fours and a six before falling in the final over for 40. He was supported by Ronole Bourne (19) and Ejaz Mohamed (15) after National opener Assad Fudadin was bowled for a duck in the first over by Troy Gonsalves who took 3-14.
In the first game at Everest, Police reached 143-7 and restricted GYO to 122-6 when their 20 overs expired. Ricardo Adams led the fight with a blazing 26-ball 41 decorated with five sixes. Jermaine Reynolds (31) and Rawle Browne (21) chipped in as Anthony Ifill, who got rid of the openers, captured 2-14 and Wazeer Mohamed took 2-26.
GYO lost their way after Abdol Raheem (23) and Chris Deonarine (30), who put together 53 for the first wicket, were separated as only former West Indies under-19 left-hander Kwame Crosse (17) of the other batsmen reached 15. Troy Benn (2-17) was most successful Police bowler.
In the other game which was played at the GDF ground, the Soldiers reached 120-9 before TSC responded with 122-5 to win by five wickets with seven balls to spare.
Randy Lindore (23) and Steven Harris (20) added 40 for the sixth wicket, while Terry Frazer made 19 for the Army as Azim Azeez took 2-8. TSC were spearheaded to victory by 26 from Ryan Hemraj, 21 from Sunil Singh and 17 from Charwayne McPherson. Harris took 2-17 for GDF.
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