A solid all-round performance from Malteenoes player Elton Baker who grabbed 3-40 from 10 impressive overs before stroking an unbeaten 84, spearheaded Civics to an emphatic seven-wicket win over Sheridan at King City last Sunday in Canadian Elite division 50-over cricket competition.
The 28-year-old Baker hit 11 fours in his commanding knock and shared in a 78-run second wicket stand with Krishna Deosarran.
Deosarran, a 28-year-old left-hander from Lusignan, reached the boundary seven times cleared it once in an entertaining 52 as the Guyanese pair helped Civics to 184-3 from 42.1 overs replying to 180 all out made by Sheridan for their first win in five matches.
The partnership was broken when Rakesh Viren struck twice in two balls to leave Civics on 136-3. Deosarran edged a catch to the Keeper and Avin Ankush was bowled for a first ball duck.
But Baker continued to time the ball sweetly and was there at the end, 16 short of what would have been a well deserved century. Viren, who took the first wicket to break the 61-run opening stand between Baker and Imran Hassan (15), finished with 3-43 in a losing cause.
Sheridan won the toss and elected to bat in sunny conditions on a good turf pitch for batting, but only Asraf Hamza, who top-scored with 42 batting at number seven offered any prolonged resistance for Sheridan.
After opening bowler Danny Maaz reduced Sheridan to 12-2, Baker stuck at 46-3 and Sheridan never recovered despite the gutsy rearguard batting from Hamza was eventually LBW after facing 99 balls. Maaz supported with 3-34 from his 10.
With 10 games remaining in the league, Civics will be hoping that last Sunday’s win will kick start their momentum to qualify for the play-offs which start in late September. (Sean Devers)
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