A welcome return to form by Alphius Bookie resulted in him scoring a century and taking 2-47 and Player-of-the-Match award as DCC stretched their winning streak to five as they handed the touring NY Tri State their first defeat in the fifth round of the GCA/ Tri State USA 50-over U-19 League at DCC yesterday despite 92 from Skipper Sanjay Stanley.
DCC opted to first on a good track and parched and hard outfield in sultry conditions led by Bookie’ 110 from 118 balls with 10 fours and six sixes and a responsible 57 from the left handed Brandon Jaikaran which lasted 85 balls and included six boundaries, reached 277-7 from 50 overs as Garrick Persaud hit two fours in his 26.
Abhayjit Khangura had 3-34 for NY Tri State who were bowled out for 230 in 46.5 overs despite 92 with seven boundaries from Skipper Sanjay Stanley after in form openers Saiteja Mukkamalla (21) and Ishaan Bansal (25) added 58 for the first wicket.
Bookie returned with the ball to take 2-47 to crown a wonderful game, while Nkosi Beaton (2-22) and Jaffar Pinder (2-34) bowled well for DCC.
Ezekiel Wilson, who faced 55 balls in a patient 17, added 46 with more aggressive Jaikaran before he swept a full toss which he assumed would reach to boundary and ended up in the non-strikers’ end with Jaikaran as he had stopped running and was run out by the length of the pitch.
Jaikaran was strong off his legs, while Bookie looked to use his feet to the spinners and together they featured in an 88-run stand before Jaikaran, just after reaching his fifty hit a catch to mid-wicket to leave the score on 130-2 before Bookie, who played some lovely shots on both sides of the wicket, dominated a 20-run stand with
Beaton (8) who was LBW to Stanley.
Garrick Persaud looked good before Khangura removed both Persaud and Bookie then Qumar Torrington hit a couple of big sixes in a nine-ball 17 before Khangura bowled him at 274-7.
When the Americans began their reply both openers looked technically correct with several stylish shots and brought up the 50 stand. But just when they seemed set for big scores Bansal hit Bookie to short mid-wicket before Bookie held a stupendous return catch to remove Mukkamalla as two wickets fell in the 11th over in the space of a run as NY Tri State slipped to 59-2 and despite the good knock from Stanley the visitors were never going to challenge DCC’s score.
The final round is set for tomorrow while the semi-finals will be contested on Wednesday with the final set for Friday. (Sean Devers)
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