DCC and TSC notched up victories, while the game between New York Tri State and GCC at Ogle was abandoned due an unfit ground in the latest round of matches in the GCA’s NYTS’ 50-over cricket tournament yesterday.
Four-wicket hauls from Sagar Hertheramani and Daniel Mootoo and a shot-filled 45 from West Indies U-16 Captain Sachin Singh led Host DCC to a 59-run win against Bell Air, while pacer Anthony Antonio, Mark Baptiste and Antonio Hetsburger shared eight wickets between them before Adrian Hinds registered an unbeaten 40 to see TSC beating GNIC by 10 wickets at MSC.
At MSC, GNIC won the toss and opted to bat in a match reduced to 25 overs due a wet outfield caused by overnight and early morning rain and quickly slumped to 39-9 in sunny conditions and a sluggish outfield; eventually being dismissed for 69 in 19.2 overs.
Hetsburger (3-12), Antonio (3-16) and Baptiste (2-10) were the architects of destruction for TSC who galloped to 70 without loss.
The left-handed Hinds was in an aggressive mood from the start; smashing four fours and a six, including two fours and a six in GNIC’s Skipper Euan Blair when the pacer insisted in bowling short in an over which cost 19 runs.
Hetsburger (14) played the sporting role as TSC raced to victory in just 9.3 overs.
The run out of Rashidi Benjamin (6) after he had got going with a pugnacious pull for a boundary off Antonio, at 7-1, triggered a dramatic collapse and GNIC never recovered despite a 30-run last wicket stand between Jomal Davis (14) and Leon Chesney undefeated on 13.
Three wickets tumbled for no run as Rashidi Benjamin, Jeremiah Benjamin (0) and Raymond Bandu (1) were quickly sent packing as Baptiste and Antonio got the ball to bounce disconcertingly to leave GNIC on 7-3.
Things got progressively worse when Trevon Jones (0) got a leading edge and spooned an easy catch as Antonio struck at 13-4 before Akeem Williams was magnificently taken low to his left at slip by Mark Rampersaud off the lively Baptiste seven runs later.
Wickets continued to tumble before the last pair, the only batsmen to reach double figures, got their team past the 50 mark.
The bowlers were backed up by an absolutely brilliant fielding display from a team that has been without a usable ground for close to two decades now.
At DCC, in another rain affected game which was also reduced to a 25-over affair, DCC made 148 in 23.4 overs as the left-handed Sachin Singh clobbered five fours and three sixes in 45 and got support from Windies U-19 World Cup player Ashmead Nedd who hammered six boundaries including two sixes in a quick-fire 39.
Garrick Persaud (15) and Alphius Bookie (13) were the other batsmen to reach double figures.
Sidiq Khan (4-21) and Kesur Seepersaud (4-13) bowled well for Bell Air who were routed for 89 in 24.1 overs despite 23 from Andrew Samaroo and 20 from Khan.
Mootoo (3-11), Hertheramani (3-10) and Diquan Bamfield (2-25) bowled DCC to victory.
The competition continues today from 09:30 hrs with Everest facing Bell Air at Ogle, GNIC opposing GCC at Bourda and the visiting NYTS line-up battling GYO at MSC. (Sean Devers)
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