FORMER US U-19 cricketer, Randall Wilson, and national cricketer, Akshaya Persaud led US-based Guyanese side, Phoenix Cricket Club, to a 53-run victory against King’smen CC when action continued in the New York National Cricket League (NYNCL) Cricket Zone T20 Cup in New York on Saturday.
Phoenix CC won the toss and elected to bat and the two Guyanese led the attack. Wilson, who faced most of the bowling, spanked 14 fours and two sixes from 74 balls for an unbeaten 104, while Persaud, who has been in good form, scored seven fours for a 49-ball 63. He actually lost his wicket from the last ball of the innings, which left the score on 189-1.
Needing to score 190 for victory, a few King’smen batsmen had starts, but they were undone by the spin of Persaud, who broke a 57-run second-wicket partnership via caught and bowl with the dismissal of skipper, Andrew Whyte (31). He also took the wicket of opener, Dexroy Mendez for 27, to finish with 2-22 from his four overs.
Former Demerara U-19 off-spinner, Sewsaran Sookdeo, then spun his way to 4-15 from three overs to clean up the middle order. Jonathan Rampersaud supported with two wickets towards the end, which helped to restrict King’smen for 136-9 from their allotted overs.
Saturday’s victory is the fourth consecutive for Phoenix CC. They are currently in the first position in Group B.