Apr 15, 2018 Sports
By Sean Devers
On a cold Friday night at DCC, a good size and vocal crowd produced an atmosphere of fun and frolic as DCC defeated Blairmount Blazers by six runs in a T20 game organised by the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) in collaboration with DCC.
DCC opted to bat on a slow track with preparation moisture and led by a cultured 42 with five fours and a six from Windies U-19 batsman and Man-of-the-match Raymond Perez and an unbeaten 45 with four fours and two sixes by former National youth leg-spinner Steven Sankar, the host reached 152-8 from 20 overs.
Leg-spinner Kevon Jawahir (3-35), Parmanand Ramdhan (2-41) and Suresh Dhanai (2-22) were the main wicket takers for Blairmount Blazers who finished on 146-9.
Jawahir top scored with 34 decorated by three fours and a six and got support from Martin Singh (24), Zameer Inshan (21) and Davindra Lalsa (20). Pacer Carlton Jacques took 2-27.
Sponsored by Steve Jewellery, Trophy Stall, Motor Trend and Rohan Auto Spares the game climaxed just before mid-night.
Skipper Sherfane Rutherford, who bowled an excellent penultimate over which cost just two runs, surprisingly give the ball to Perez, who has very little bowling experience, with 19 needed from six balls.
Perez conceded 12 and took a wicket as the West Bank Berbice unit, accompanied by a big support group, failed to get the 22 needed from 18 balls with five wickets in hand.
There was pulsating chutney and Soca music emanating from the Sound System, while Police cricketer Rocky Hutson did commentary at the ground in a Danny Morrison like voice and style to the amusement of the crowd which included several young children.
DCC began badly when Tevin Imlach (3) was removed by Dhanai at 4-1 before Perez and Thameshwar Permaul (19) took the score to 48 before Dhanai struck again by getting rid of Permaul who was dropped on seven on a night when several catches were dropped by both teams.
The 16-year-old Permaul hit Dhanai on top of the DCC Pavilion but the Berbician had the last laugh although the 50 was posted in six overs.
Jahron Byron (13) pulled Jawahir for four before he was removed at 80-3 to trigger a collapse which saw four wickets tumbling for one run, including Windies ‘A’ left-hander Rutherford and Romaine Maniram for ducks in two balls to leave Jawahir on a hat-trick.
Alphius Bookie (0) was dismissed at 81-6 before Perez was dropped on 27 off Ramdhan, who eventually got him at 113-7.
Sankar clobbered Ramdhan for two sixes and two fours before lofting Waqar Hassan out of the small ground to lift DCC past 150.
When Blairmount Blazers began their run chase Lalsa deposited Kevon Harry into Roger Harper’s yard before blasting him for four but perished at 30-1 in the same over.
Sankar dismissed Avishkar Sewkarran (6) at 50-2 before Jawahir launched into Sankar and smashed him for six after imperiously cover driving Harry for four.
Inshan clobbered Sankar for consecutive sixes before being floored by Bookie when he skied Sankar ‘miles’ into air before being taken at cover off Jacques at 86-3 before Ramdhan (0) was run out a run later.
Jawahir stroked Bookie for four to post the 100, while Singh deposited him for back-to-back sixes in an over which cost 18 runs
But once Jawahir fell at 114-5 and Singh was LBW at 128-6 Blairmount Blazers did not have the fire power to get the required runs in last three overs.
DCC’s President Harper, GFSCA’s Anil Beharry, Ricky Deonarine and ReiazHussein, spoke at the presentation.
The GFSCA promotes Softball Cricket but will continue to play its part in also developing ‘hard ball’ cricket.
The GFSCA will have the Girls bowling overhand with Tape Balls in their female softball tournaments since no Guyanese are in the Windies female team and nothing is being done to develop Guyana Women’s cricket by the powers that be.
Guyanese you are being prostituted by your politicians!
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