2007-07-05 / Sports

Guyanese Team Defeat Of NY Youths Tops Cricket Weekend

By Marcus Bethel

Guyana VS New York Youths

A star-studdered Guyanese team defeated the New York Youths by 58 runs as the first round of the Ed Ahmad Caribbean Cup Twenty20 cricket competition kicked off at the historical Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Batting first after winning the toss, Guyana - with at least seven former national players in its arsenal - was restricted to 161 for 6 in their allotment of 20 overs. After losing Lennox Cush without scoring, the experienced campaigners stood their ground, milking what whatever runs were available from the challenging Youth attack.

A. Gonzalves led the batting for Guyana with a 38-ball 48, hitting three fours and a massive six in the process. His valid support came from S. Dhaniram, who contributed 43, S. Massiah, 27 and D. Kallicharan with 18 not out.

Bowling for New York Youths, J. Thomas led the way with an impressive spell of three for 26 from four overs, partnered by K. Ganish, with two for 34 and D. Umadan, one for 38.

New York Youths came out fighting at their turn at the wicket, needing just over eight runs per over, considered quite gettable at this version of the game. It was however, not meant to be as great bowling from the experienced Guyanese presented an uphill task for the inexperienced Youths. Losing wickets steadily, the youngsters were finally toppled for 103 in 18.2 overs, needing at that stage, more than 29 runs per over.

Opener E. Evans was the leading batsman for New York Youths with an impressive knock of 39. K. Garnish with 26 and P. Dewar, 19 were the other main contributors to the Youths score. The formidable bowling attack of A. Zamin with figures of three for 12 from three overs; K. Darlington, two for 24 from four; S. Dhaniram, two for 15 from 3.3, with N. McGarell and R. King chipping in with a wicket each, proved too much for the upcoming regional representatives.

Windwards vs. Jamaica

Also scoring 103 in a losing cause was Windward Island when they faced Jamaica earlier in the day. Batting first Jamaica put together a solid 186 for four in the allotted 20 overs. Jamaica's batting was centered round C. Wright, hitting seven fours and two huge sixes in his entertaining knock of 98. He got substantial support from O. Baker with a solid 35 and A. Rowe, who made 17.

Bowling for Windwards, E. James took two wickets for 36 runs while L. Douglas got one for 22, and C. Authar one for 37.

Windwards didn't put up much of a fight in response as they pretty much surrendered to a humble 103 for seven, losing by 84 runs. Former Windward Island player Kenroy Martin was left unbeaten on 22, while another former player in Kester Sylvester got 20, and P. Peter, 15. In another game played at Sea View, Trinidad defeated Pakistan by three wickets in a low scoring encounter. Batting first, Pakistan was bowled out for a paltry 93. The modest total in the end proved quite challenging for the Trinidadians, needing just over 18 overs and the best part of their batting to overhaul the total, ending on 94 for seven.

Grenada vs. Pak Eleven

Grenada defeated Pak Eleven by 66 runs at Marine Park "B" when the Brooklyn League cricket competition recommenced on Sunday.

Batting first, Grenada got to 229 for the loss of seven wickets in 38 overs. R. Paul led the way with an unbeaten 80, putting up and impressive seventh wicket partnership of 103 with L. Douglas who got 25. Captain K. George with 32 and P. Peters, 21 were the other main contributors for Grenada.

In their reply, Pak Eleven were dismissed for 163 in 31.3 overs. Razzaz led the batting with a shot-filled 52, with Asif getting 22 and Abdul, 15.

Bowling for Grenada L. Douglas took five for 31 in eight overs, D. Williams two for 35 in 6.3 and G. Anthony one for 20 in seven over.

Carriacou vs. Cavaliers

Cavaliers after winning the toss and batting scored 257 for 7 in 35 overs.

K. Martin - 114.

C. Logie - 37.

M. Morgan - 22.

Bowling for Carriacou:

W. Bebe - two for six in one.

R. Charles - two for 40 in eight.

M. Joseph - two for 54 in eight.

Carriacou United - 75 for eight in 15 overs.

R. Charles - 16.

W. Bebe - 15 not out.

Bowling for Cavaliers:

D. Audain - six for 22 in eight.

M. Audain - one for 10 in two.

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