Story and photos by Sean Devers
On a day blessed with glorious sunshine, 21-year-old former Guyana Under-19 batsman Akshay Homraj fashioned a destructive 41-ball 69 to spearhead the visiting New York Tri State to a six-wicket win against a GCA U-19 team at the DCC ground yesterday in a feature T20 encounter to climax their tour to Guyana.
Sent in to bat on a flat track and fast outfield the City side capitalised on a very poor fielding display and inconsistent bowling from the visitors to post 130-7 when their 20 overs expired after recovering from 41-5.
Ariel Tilku, whose attacking 43 was decorated with four fours and a six, added 40 for sixth wicket with pacer Anthony Anthonio (19) but no one else reached 15 as most of batsmen threw their wickets away with injudicious shots.
Pacer Yash Khangura had 2-14 from four impressive overs and received support from leg spinner Gotham Ravindran (2-20) and Ross (2-24).
Homraj hammered five fours and six sixes in a brutal batting exhibition and got support from Travis Ross (21) to help the Americans to 135-4 before Dauod Mohamed, unbeaten on 13, deposited Saadiq Khan for six with seven balls to spare.
Diminutive leg-spinner Wayne Bollers had 2-19 from four overs including a wicket maiden and was the only bowler to escape Homraj’s flashing blade.
Watched by a small crowd which included former DCC and Guyana Opener Nolan McKenzie, on holiday from England, Khangura removed Adrian Hinds (4) at 4-1, while 11 runs later Kennard Moonsammy (4) was caught and bowled by Ravindran who also accounted for Tuen Hicks (13).
Dwain Dick (8) lofted Ravindran for six before throwing his wicket away with an irresponsible shot to mid-on to give Khangura his second wicket and leave the score on 35-4.
And when Demerara U-19 left-hander Stephon Wilson was LBW to Ross at 41-5 the tourists were large and in charge in the GCA Unit’s back yard.
However, Tilku, who struck Mohamed for back-to-back boundaries in an over which cost 13, found a useful partner in Anthonio before they both departed in quick succession to leave the hosts on 107-7.
Raynaldo Mohammed who reached the boundary thrice in his 18 and Bollers (4) added 23 in an unfinished eighth wicket stand as several balls went through the fielder’s legs for boundaries as the New Yorkers looked an exhausted bunch of young men.
When the NYTS began their run chase they were quickly 2-1 after Ramrattan (2) was sent packing by Anthonio.
Ross hit Dick over the ‘big tree’ at mid-wicket but the off-spinner had the last laugh when he was bowled after hitting two sixes and a four in his innings.
Khangura joined the on-fire Homraj at 38-2 and Homraj, who got going with a couple of magnificent square driven bou
ndaries off Anthonio, danced into Mohamed and smashed him for three sixes and a four in an over which cost 23 runs.
Homraj, who represented Guyana in the 2013 and 2014 Regional U-19 tournament, gloriously off-drove pacer Mark Baptiste for four before effortlessly dumping him over his head for a couple of sixes to post his 50 in the eight over.
Khangura (2) was the silent partner in the half-century partnership before he was beaten in the flight and stumped off Bollers at 96-3.
Homraj kept going and deposited Bollers for six as the partisan crowd including several parents watched Homraj launch a merciless attack on the hapless bowlers before he was eventually removed by the impressive Bollers at 114-4.
But Mohamed and Marvindra Dindyal (8) saw their team home.
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