By Zaheer Mohamed
A fine half century at the top of the order from Vishwanauth Ramlakhan followed by an incisive spell from Yuvraj Dyal led Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC) A to a 42-run win over Lusignan SC A when the teams collided in the final of the East Coast Cricket Committee/SPR Enterprise 40-over final yesterday.
Ramlakhan’s knock led Enmore A to 186 all out in 38.5 overs after they decided to bat in front of a fair- size crowd at Enmore Community Centre ground.
Krishna Deosaran provided dogged resistance upfront, and received some support from opener Steve Ramdass, but the other batsmen failed to fire as Lusignan A were bowled out for 144 in 37.4 overs, in reply. Despite Enmore A bowlers maintaining a decent line, had Lusignan A batsmen placed more emphasis on rotating the strike, the game could have been much closer.
Enmore A openers Bheemraj Ramkelawan and Imran Hassan added 22 before Ramkelawan was removed by Kumar Bishundial for 11. Hassan struck three fours but was caught off Azad Mohamed for 19; Rudolph Singh (00) fell lbw to Rajpaul Basdeo who also sent back Amir Khan (00) to leave Enmore A in some trouble.
However, Ramlakhan steadied the innings nicely and received support from Chaitram Balgobin who hit two fours and a towering six, one of the biggest ever seen at the venue, before he was removed by Basdeo for 18.
Ramlakhan timed the ball well and his top score of 67 included five fours and two sixes; he was caught off Rajindra Naikbaran. Basdeo and Naikbaran grabbed a few quick wickets in the latter stages of the innings, but Ranjeet Hiralall picked up some crucial runs in a last wicket stand with Satesh Jainarine (09) to prop up the total. Hiralall remained unbeaten on 27 as Basdeo bagged 5-20 from eight overs and Naikbaran 2-28.
Boasting one of the strongest batting line ups on the East Coast, Lusignan A lost Shazam Ali, caught off Chris Surat for six, early in the chase before Ramdass and Deosaran kept them in the hunt. Ramdass slammed three fours before he was lbw to Rudolph Singh for 20.
While Deosaran continued to accumulate runs, wickets fell regularly around him; Vishnu Ramjeet was lbw to Jainarine for 12, Gavin Boodwah was taken off Khan for nine and Dyal had Somnauth Bharat stumped for four as the asking rate kept mounting. Robin Williams struck a six over mid-wicket, but was taken off Dyal shortly after for seven while Bishundial (08) was also sent back by the steady Dyal as Lusignan A hopes of successfully defending their title at this point was largely dependent on Deosaran.
But after hitting two fours and three sixes, the left-handed Deosaran was caught off Surat for 69 as Enmore A handed their fans much to cheer about. Dyal finished with 4-29 while Surat had 3-20. Ramlakhan was named man-of-the-match.
Enmore A pocketed a trophy and $100,000 and Lusignan A took home a trophy and $50,000.
Chairman of the East Coast Cricket Committee Anil Persaud expressed gratitude to the sponsors, while Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board Anand Sanasie congratulated the teams.
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