Apr 18, 2018 Sports
A clinical bowling display backed up by superb fielding saw Aurora Knightriders easily overcoming Invader Masters by 7 wickets last Sunday at the Golden Fleece Cricket Ground in the South Essequibo Invitational T/20 cricket tournament as several teams recorded victories in the latest round.
On a cool, breezy day, Masters won the toss and decided to take first strike on a wicket with plenty of preparation moisture. Raj Parbattie (17) started off in a no-nonsense mood, but was quickly tamed by seamer Anwar Buksh who made early inroads into the Masters’ experienced batting lineup. The introduction of spinners Anand Manniram and Norwayne Fredericks orchestrated a collapse as only S. Horilall (14), L. Daniels (16) and D. Madhoo (13) got into double figures as the Masters were bowled out for 91 in 19.1 overs. Bowling for the Knightriders, Manniram ended with 4-10, Buksh 3-18, Fredericks 2-25, while the other wicket went to Saieef Ally.
The Knightriders were off to a decent start with openers Deoraj Dindyal (8) and Manniram (26) putting on 39 for the first wicket. However, the spinning pair of D. Lakhan and B. Seepersaud quickly accounted for both openers. Fredericks then arrived at the crease and stroked the ball beautifully to all parts of the ground in his unbeaten 28 (2×6) (3×4). Ravi Beharry who was struck on the knee by Horilall, never looked comfortable and was soon stumped off Seepersaud for 7. However, Garfield Phillips and Fredericks ensured their team overhauled the target of 92 in 13.1 overs. Bowling for Masters, Seepersaud grabbed 2-24, while Madhoo had 1-17.
At Imam Bacchus Cricket Ground in game one, the home team defeated Top Shattas by 109 runs. Batting first on a fast track and quick outfield, Imam Bacchus Sports Club piled up a daunting 188-5 in a game which was reduced to 17 overs due to early morning showers. Neiland Codogan stroked an attacking unbeaten 68, while Yougeshwar Lall and Mohendra Balbadar made 31 respectively. Bowling for Top Shattas, Tameshwar Deonarine snared 3-33. In reply, Top Shattas could only muster 79 for 8 when their overs expired with Nisan Khan 22 and D. Williams 21 getting past 20. Bowling for Bacchus Sports, L. Narine claimed 2-10, P. Parsotam 2-18 and R. Persaud 2-2.
In the afternoon fixture at the same venue, Imam Bacchus Eagles overcame Bush Lot Trendsetters by 58 runs. Batting first, Eagles flapped their wings and flew to 138 for 3 in their 15 overs contest. D. Sookdeo made 42 and Devendra Narine 22. Bowling for the Trendsetters, Keith Blackman had 1-30. In reply, the Trendsetters were skittled out for a modest 80 in 12 overs with only T. Benn with 18 offering some resistance. Bowling for the Eagles, Trevor Collins grabbed 3-25, D. Narine 3-26 and R. Sooklall 2-5.
At Reliance Ground, Sparwin defeated Reliance Sports Club by 52 runs. Opting to bat first, Sparwin made 165 for 5 in 15 overs with K. Narine 56 and Khemchand 50 being the leading scorers. Reliance Sports Club responded with 122 for 9. Bowling for Sparwin, D. Rudolph took 3-15 and L. Narine 2-12.
At Walton Hall Ground in game one, Devonshire Castle got the better of Rising Stars by 8 wickets. Taking first strike, Rising Stars shone to 110 for 7 in their 15 overs matchup. K. Lakhan made 33 and L. Rohit 26. Bowling for Castle, Avenash Persaud claimed 2-28. In reply, Castle galloped to 112 for 2 in 9 overs, thanks mainly to Persaud’s 54 and O. Harrel’s 23. Otis Roberts took 1-30.
In game two at the same venue, Young Achievers defeated United Warriors by 37 runs. Young Achievers batted first and achieved a respectable 154 for 6 in their reduced 15 overs showpiece. Tameshwar Dhanpaul scored 44, Vishnu Murray 36 and S. Boodram 30. United Warriors fought hard but couldn’t win the war, eventually surrendering for 117. S.Narine made 30 and J.Persaud 25.
Meanwhile, Reliance Hustlers and Golden Fleece got walk-overs from Jaguars over 40 and Queenstown respectively. The competition continues this weekend with several matches across various grounds throughout the coast.
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