BUSH Lot United Cricket Club of West Coast Berbice defeated Floodlights Masters by six wickets with five balls to spare in a thrilling T20 fund-raising match played at the Bush Lot cricket ground recently.
The match was part of a family fun day, organised by the executive members of the Bush Lot Mandir. Proceeds go towards repairs to the fence of the place of prayers.
Floodlights Masters won the toss and took first strike. They galloped to 42-1 in the first four overs. Opener Robin Bacchus, a national senior cricketer and guest player was the first to go, bowled by R. Kishun for 19.
His partner, former national Under-19 opener Alex Algoo, who was another guest player, continued the assault along with Yuniss Yusuf and former Berbice Under-15 all-rounder Aaron Beharry, to take the score to 143 in the 15th over.
Algoo made 58 with three sixes and nine fours, Yusuf 26 and Beharry 22. Thereafter, the innings fell part with the visitors losing quick wickets in quest for runs, ending on 171-8 off their allotted 20 overs.
Tameshwar Persaud was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-22 in his four overs.
In reply, the hosts started poorly, losing their first wicket at 20. A. Matabeek joined Raphael Estriado and played positively to take the score to 60 in just the fifth over before Matabeek was dismissed for 22.
Christendat Bissoon was then dismissed for 10 with Floodlights fighting back.
However, Bush Lot United had other ideas as the skipper Rajbance Hemraj came to the crease. He lost Estriado for 31, but teamed up with Ralph Ogle to take his team to victory in the final over.
Hemraj was unbeaten on 59 while Ogle made a fighting unbeaten 17. Anil Beharry took 2 wickets.
At the presentation ceremony, Hemraj was named man-of-the-match.
Speaking on behalf of the visitors, Steve Narine congratulated the winners and thanked the organisers for the invitation. In a kind gesture, Ricky Deonarain donated $50 000 on behalf of the GFSCA.
Lalta Gainda of Gainmart, UG Road and of Bel Air RUBiS also made a contribution of $25 000 towards the project.