By Sean Devers
Watched by a vocal Police support group at Eve Leary yesterday on a good track and fairly fast outfield, defending Champions DCC ended the opening day of their GCA’s GISE, Star Party Rental &Trophy Stall First Division two-day cricket final with a 70-run lead against Police.
Led by a 94-run stand between 24-year-old Paul Tyndell who made 53 from 47 balls, 90 minutes with four fours and four sixes and Kemol Savory whose 50 came from 57 balls, 129 minutes with four fours and two sixes. But only Pernell London (23) and last man Raun Johnson (13) passed 10 as Police slumped from 108-1 to 170 all out.
Left-arm wrist spinner Totaram Bishun grabbed 6-35 and pacer Dexter George (2-17) bowled well for DCC who galloped to 240-3 with Skipper Chris Barnwell unbeaten on 64 with two sixes and three fours and with him is Joshua Persaud (16) when bails were lifted.
Trevon Griffith (42 with 5 fours and 2 sixes) and Sachin Singh (48 with 3 sixes and 2 fours) added 49 for the first wicket, while Singh and Tevin Imlach, who scored 68 with three fours, added 84 for the second wicket before Barnwell with an unbeaten 64 with three fours and two sixes and Imlach put together 85 for the third wicket.
DCC won the toss and invited Police to bat and left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd removed Chemroy Tendell (8) at 14-1 before Tyndell launched into Nedd and hit him for two fours, before smashing him through the hands of Raymond Perez at long-off for four and dumped him for six next ball.
Savory (29) played the supporting role and a bullet-like straight drive was dropped by Bishun. Savory then hit Nedd, who bowled a bit too flat, dumping him for two massive sixes as the 100 came up in 18 overs.
Savory soon posted his 20th first-division fifty (16 were made for DCC). His 50 came from 55 balls with four fours and two sixes, while Tyndell’s third fifty at this level came from 41 balls with four fours and four sixes as the partnership flourished.
But with score on 108 Bishun induced Tyndell to loft a catch to long-on to trigger a collapse in which eight wickets tumbled for 47 runs.
Andrew Lyght (1) missed a sweep at Bishun and was bowled behind his back at 117-3, while Savory was beaten by Bishun who was not afraid to bowl slowly and flight the ball, and was bowled at 124-4.
Jason Heyliger (10) was next to go; stumped off Bishun who sent back Kelvin Leitch (0) as two wickets fell at 145 and when skipper Keston Hardcourt (0) ran himself out at 150-7, Police were in self-destruct mode.
George removed Vishal Jaigobin (1) and London to leave the score on 155-9 before Johnson who smashed Hardcourt for three boundaries was taken at slip to give Bishun his sixth wicket.
When DCC began their reply Griffith stroked Hardcourt for three boundaries in the second over before he was dropped at slip by Leitch on 16 before he stroked Johnson, who bowled with lively pace, gloriously through cover and deposited Hardcourt for a massive six before he was Lbw to Hardcourt.
Singh clipped Hardcourt for four before lofting him effortlessly over his head for two sixes, while Singh fell to Jaigobin at 133-2. Barnwell joined Imlach and both batsman played an array of murderous shots before Johnson got rid of Imlach at 218-3 after he had reached his 50 from 72 balls with two fours.
Barnwell continued to play in a pugnacious manner to reach another 50 at this level and along with Persaud were there when play ended. Today is the final day and plays starts at 09:00hrs.
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