….LaRose helps PSC arrest TSC
FORMER Guyana Under-19 middle order batsman, Royston Alkins, snared a 10-wicket haul for University of Guyana (UG), while Police Sports Club’s Darson LaRose had a five-wicket haul, when action in the Georgetown Cricket Association/Noble House Seafoods second division competition continued last week.Playing at the Muslim Youth Organization (MYO) ground against the home team, Alkins first took 5 for 36 which along with Dennis Heywood’s 3 for 35, saw MYO being bowled out for a paltry 81, of which Naved Ali (24) and Chien Gittens 18 were the lone batsmen to reach double figures.
UG ended the first day’s play on 15 for 2 and, thanks to Alkins’ 42 and 37 from Ritesh Bridgelall, managed to score 146 before they were dismissed by the hands of Shafeek Ishmael (4 for 38) and Imran Ayube, who took 2 for 10 for the home team who at lunch had reached 54 for 3, following a first innings deficit of 65 runs.
Zulfikar Ali (19) and Chabiraj Ramcharran (18) wasted good starts before lunch, while Gittens fell for 13 at 60 for 4, with MYO still five runs short of their deficit.
The 33 year old Latiff, who was in a pugnacious mood in the second innings wherein he struck 14 fours and two sixes in his blistering 79, enabled MYO to reach 166 for 8 in their second innings against the bowling of Alkins who ended with 5 for 69 (match figures 10 for 104) and Darell Douglas’ 3 for 34, setting UG a target of 102 off 12 overs to complete an out right victory.
Latiff claimed 3 for 17 and Ishmael 3 for 29 as UG were stuttering on 66 for 7, when stumps were pulled, as the contest which was watched by many who lined the roadways, ended in an exciting draw.
At the Gandhi Youth Organization ground, PSC batted first and posted 134 thanks to an unbeaten 50 from Kelvin Leitch (5×4, 2×6) and 27 from Reginald Rodrigues who struck three fours in his innings against the bowling of Azim Azeez who took 5 for 42, Avenash Vickram (2 for 15), and Shaun Massiah’s 2 for 53.
When TSC batted, a pumped up LaRose took six of their first seven wickets to fall to leave them tottering on 66 for 8, on his way to ending with 6 for 32, before Keon Morris, who is no slouch with the bat, showed just that with his 36 (6×4; 1×6) as TSC were bowled out for 108.
With a lead of 26 runs, PSC went in search of quick runs to force a declaration, which they did at 179 for 9, thanks to Pernell London’s 51 (8×4) and 32 each from Troy Benn and Kempton Grumble, with Benn hitting five fours and two sixes, while Grumble had three sixes and two fours.
Massiah took 3 for 52, Adrian Hinds 2 for 8, Morris 2 for 26 and Azeez 2 for 57 for TSC, who at the close of play reached 49 for 3 from 15.4 overs, with Chemroy Kendall hitting six fours in his unbeaten 34.
(By Calvin Roberts)