By Sean Devers
Police and GCC will clash in next weekend’s final of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Carib Beer t20 cricket competition after registering victories in yesterday’s semi-finals at the DCC ground.
Had it not been a sporting event, a letter to the Police Complaints Authority for Police harassment would have surly been sent by the DCC cricketers yesterday after they were brutalized on the field with the Cops finally arresting the host in a thrilling finish to the second semi-final after GCC had earlier deposed of GNIC in the first game.
A large and raucous crowd including a sizeable Police support group shouted and screamed as the match when down to the wire with crucial errors by DCC saw the Lawmen triumph by five wickets with 13 balls to spare.
Essequibian Ricardo Adams first limited DCC to what appeared to be a challenging 161-8 with 2-9 from four suffocating overs of left-arm spin before returning with the bat with a brilliant unbeaten 68 to spearhead Police to 162-5 off 17.1 overs to keep DCC in the jailhouse while they commence preparations for the final.
In sweltering heat the hyper active Trevor Benn removed Jahron Byron (2) at 7-1 on a two-paced track before Denver Greaves (15) was stumped playing an irresponsible shot off Adams at 40-2 and when Trevon Griffith (29) skied pacer Seon Daniels to cover DCC were 52-3.
Former IPL player Christopher Barnwell and Dennis Squires added 52 for the fourth wicket with positive batting before Squires, who hit three sixes and three fours in a 14-ball 37, fell to Adams at 104-4.
When Barnwell was dismissed by Jason Heyliger for a well compiled 42 from 33 balls with three fours and two sixes and Andre Stoll who hit two sixes in a quick-fire 14 from just six balls was run out by a direct hit from the bowler Benn on his follow-through, DCC had slipped to 160-8 but their must not been too worried at that point.
Daniels (2-25) and Heyliger (2-39) supported the miserly Adams for Police, who began badly, losing Rawle Browne (1) to off-spinner Kevin George and Yatesh Dhanpaul (1) to Squires to be 16-2.
Royan Fredericks (19) was then bowled by left-arm pacer Stoll at 42-3 but Adams was packing heavy artillery and along with Troy Benn (24) took the score to 101 before Benn was removed by Stoll. Heyliger (9) fell to Griffith at 133-5 and the DCC fans were already celebrating but they were soon silenced by a brutal onslaught by Adams who came out with all guns blazing and the game was in the balance when Adams was caught on 52 off a no-ball from Griffith after George had wandered outside the 30-yard circle.
Adams, with support from Jermaine Reynolds (10*) tore into the much vaunted DCC attack with a clinical exhibition of clean hitting to see Police to an exciting win with a flurry of boundaries on the small ground to spark wild celebrations among their fans who invaded the field when Reynolds ended the match with his second boundary which went right through Squires at long-on.
In the first match, GNIC were all out for 130 from 20 overs with Ranole Bourne leading the way with five fours in 40 after Mark Nichols (20) and Assad Fudadin (11) had put together 32 for the first wicket to give their team a good start.
Chairman of the National Selectors Rayon Griffith (17) also contributed towards the end of the innings as Bernard Bailey (3-17) and Leon Johnson, watched by a crowd with included his wife, took 2-13 to ensure GNIC never got the type of total they would have hoped for.
In reply GCC reached 131-4 from 19.2 overs with a talented Robin Bacchus entertaining the spectators by ripping Royston Simon to shreds as he played an array of glorious shots and smashed the pacer for five consecutive fours.
Bacchus, who added 53 with Martin Pestano-Bell (24) and lofted veteran off-spinner Clyde Butts for an effortless six, was soon deceived and left stranded as the wily Butts drew him out of his crease for Dexter Solomon to complete the stumping.
But the fluent Johnson with an accomplished unbeaten 34 and Gavin Singh (15) got their team over the line as the penultimate over from Butts cost 12runs and with five required from three balls, a no-ball passed the Keeper to end the contest.
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