ESC/ BUSTA T20
… takes BUSTA T20 title
A MAN-of-the-match performance from Demerara’s skipper Zaheer Mohammed enabled Enterprise Sports Club (ESC) to avenge their 2008 loss to defending champions Lusignan Sports Club (LSC) in the final of the Enterprise Sports Club-organised BUSTA Twenty20 competition last Sunday.
Mohammed had a fruitful day for his club, compared to the gloomy ones he had been experiencing for Demerara in the just concluded Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)-sponsored President’s Cup competition, with his all-round ability.
National opening batsman Rajendra Chandrika, who missed a historic opportunity in joining Leonard Baichan as the only batsmen to hit back-to-back centuries in a GCB-organised four-day competition, also continued his splendid form with the bat for ESC ‘A’.
In the first semifinal where ESC ’A’ faced Unity, the tournament winners batted first on winning the toss and scored 137-5 from their 15 overs, with Chandrika leading the way with 75 and R. Pooran 20 against the bowling of E. Jones and H. Durga who both took two wickets each for 24 and 30 runs respectively.
In reply, Unity could muster only 97 for the loss of seven wickets, of which A. Mohammed (32) and Vishal Arjune 24 were the leading batsmen, as Chandrika and Videsh Lall did the damage with the ball, picking up two wickets each for 9 and 14 runs respectively.
In the second semifinal which was also a 15-overs affair, LSC stamped their authority on ESC’s ‘B’ team, when they trounced them by nine wickets, with over nine overs to spare, thanks to the bowling of Demerara Under-19 skipper Rajendra Nikbarran.
ESC ‘B’ batted first and were bowled out for 67 from their 15 overs, with only Sultan Safdar who made 26, offering resistance to Nikbarran who took 3-9 from his three overs for LSC who raced to 68-1 from 5.3 overs in reply, thanks to Krishna Deosarran’s 32 and Vishnu Ramjit’s unbeaten 29.
In the final which was a 20-over affair, ESC ‘A’ who lost to LSC in last year’s inaugural final, reached 145-7 from their 20 overs, with Mohammed leading the way with 51, while Nikbarran continued to be among the wickets, picking up 4-26 from his four overs of off-spin.
Mohammed returned to take 2-14 from three overs and along with Chatterpaul Singh’s 3-22, helped restrict LSC to 133-8 from their 20 overs, with Ramjit contributing 33 of the runs, which was not enough to stop ESC ‘A’ from taking the BUSTA trophy and the $50 000 first prize that came with it, leaving LSC to settle for the runner-up prize of $25 000 and a trophy..
Apart from his man-of-the-match award in the final, Mohammed received prizes for the best batsman as well as the biggest six while Nikbarran’s bowling did not go unnoticed, as he received the best bowler award.