An entertaining 73-run third wicket partnership between Soopaul Sinclair and Sunil Singh spearhead Transport Sports Club (TSC) to 179 on the rain affected first day of their GCA’s Trophy Stall, GISC and Star Party Rentals two-day first division game against GCC at Bourda yesterday and the close GCC had reached 108-1 in reply.
The 25-year-old Robin Bacchus was unbeaten on 59 decorated with eight fours and with him was Winston Forrester on 35.
The pair joined forces at 28-1 when Manny Ford (7) was removed by Eworth Daniels and has so far shared in an unfinished 80-run partnership with their team needing another 71 runs for first innings points.
Earlier, GCC won the toss and invited TSC to bat in bright sunshine after overnight and early morning rain delayed the start of play by three hours and they lost two quick wickets with just three runs on the board.
After Charwayne McPherson (3) was caught behind off Skipper Bacchus and Shemroy Kendall (0) edged a catch to the Keeper off Joshua Wade to leave the score on 3-2, Bacchus must have been pleased with his decision to insert the opposition on a track with some moisture.
But as the scorching heat dried out the pitch and Singh and Sinclair tore into the new ball pair with relish, the GCC Captain must have started to question his decision.
Singh backed away and slapped Wade to the point boundary before driving him gloriously through cover for his second boundary in the over before Sinclair survived a confident LBW shout from Bacchus. The left-handed Singh pulled Wade for four before magnificently stroking Bacchus back past his ankles and thumped him over mid-off for boundaries.
Sinclair started shakily but his confidence increased the longer he batted and he steered Wade for four as the 50 came up in the 10th over.
Wade insisted on bowling short on the flat track and was pulled effortlessly for four before latching on to Bacchus and smashing him to mid-wicket boundary like a bullet.
However, Bacchus had the last laugh when Singh missed an impetuous drive off a slower ball and was bowled after facing just 30 balls and reaching the boundary seven times as the breakthrough finally came with the score on 75-3.
Rohan Lall skied left-arm spinner Anthony Adams for the bowler to hold the return catch four runs later as Lall departed for a duck and the Bourda Boys were fighting back in their own backyard.
Devaugh Nandan dumped Adams onto the sightscreen before pounding him to the cover boundary. Sinclair was not to be left out as he swiveled and pulled Adams for four to bring up the 100 in 18 overs as TSC continued to score at a fast clip.
Adams was roughed up by Sinclair with the left-hander smashing him for a couple of boundaries before Devon Lord, one of three left-arm spinners in the GCC side, bowled Nandan (14) and when left-arm spinner Ray Nannan sent back Sinclair two runs later, TSC had slipped to 116-6.
Adrian Hinds (16) shared in a 39-run eight wicket stand with Junior Duncan (23) before Lord polished off the tail to finish with 4-35. He was supported by Bacchus (2-39), Nanan (2-38) and Adams (2-34). Today is the final day and play is scheduled to commence at 09:00hrs.
The first day of the other game fixed for yesterday between DCC and GNIC was washed out without a ball being bowled at DCC. (Sean Devers)
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