– blow away Floodlights by 9 wickets
Led by some incisive medium fast bowling from skipper Calvin Roberts, backed later by belligerent hitting from opener John Ramsingh, the Guyana Media XI demolished Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association by nine wickets in a T20 fixture at the Demerara Cricket Club ground last Friday night.
Batting first after winning the toss, Floodlights, who were rocked early on by the new ball pair of Ishaka Jackman and Jermaine Neblett, were not allowed to recover as Roberts ended with 3 for 18; Floodlights managed 104 for 6.
Their final total was due mainly to the batting of the veteran Wayne Jones, who top scored with 42 (3×6, 3×4) after being given a life by Roberts at short cover before he had scored off the bowling of Ravi Persaud, and Arvinda Gainda with 29 (2×4, 1×6).
The duo added 72 for the fifth wicket, after Jackman and Neblett rocked their team’s top order to send back Patrick Khan (01) and Khalid Baksh (02), while Roberts sent back Ricky Deonarine (00) and Persaud accounted for Reaz Hussain (05), leaving Floodlights on 26 for 4.
Jones hit Persaud for six and four in one over, while Gainda, who opened his account with a magnificent square cut through point off Roberts, proceeded to hit a free hit from the same bowler in his next over, back over his head and onto Crown Street for the first maximum of the night.
Keon Blades was introduced into the attack in the 18th over and Jones attacked him like a raging bull, hitting him over long on and long off for maximums, followed by an exquisite extra cover drive for four, before Roberts removed Gainda with the first ball of the 19th over to break what looked like a threatening partnership.
He followed it up with the wicket of Richard Persaud (00) two balls later, but it was the final success for the Media XI as Jones and Rabindra Singh played out the remaining deliveries and the final over from Zaheer Mohamed, who bowled economically, conceding 15 from his quota of four overs, to see their side to their final total.
Jackman, Neblett and Ravi Persaud took a wicket each to support Roberts in the bowling department for the Media XI, whose openers in Ramsingh and Imran Sharukhan added 73 for the first wicket, with both batsmen hitting boundaries at will.
It took the bowling of Gainda to separate the pair, removing Ramsingh who was caught at backward square leg, but at the time, it was not if the Media XI would have won the contest, but what the margin of victory will be.
Their wicketkeeper/batsman Daniel Singh joined Khan and steered them home to 105 for 1 off 11 overs, with Khan unbeaten on 23 (3×4, 1×6) and Singh 19 which included two fours.
At the presentation ceremony that followed, Ramsingh received accolades after he was adjudged Best Fielder, Batsman and Man of the Match, with Roberts taking home the Best Bowler trophy on the winner’s side.
For the losers, Jones was named Best Fielder and Batsman respectively, while Gainda, who took the solitary wicket to fall for the Media XI, was named Best Bowler. The trophies and balls for the game were sponsored by Ramesh Sunich of Trophy Stall.
Prior to the presentation, Deonarine thanked the Media XI for the wonderful showing, even as he felt his team did well to score over 100 and also take an opposing wicket, while Roberts thanked Floodlights for hosting his side, congratulated his players on the win and readily accepted the rematch challenge from the Floodlights Boys.
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