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Anthrax finally beaten in Norman's League

BAMBOO Sports and Cultural Club (BSCC) thwarted Team Anthrax's unbeaten run in the Norman's Windball Cricket League with a convincing six-wicket victory in Group C at Bally Trace Community Centre in Tacarigua last weekend.

Set 77 to win, BSCC  reached 78 for four with an over to spare, thanks to sensible knocks from Navin Babwah, who stroked  22, and Rivan Francis (18) and Michael Baldeo (13), who were both unbeaten.

When Anthrax batted, Justin Mohammed struck a game-high 29, while Gregory Webb helped out with 20. Michael Baldeo took two for ten to help restrict Anthrax to 77 for four after 12 overs.

Young Avinash Mangla produced a magnificent spell of bowling to pace last-16 qualifiers Matadors to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Savannah Boys in a Group A encounter.

Mangla bagged four for eight to help Matadors restrict Savannah Boys to 55 for seven. Robert Braithwaite and Anthony Parmarssar both scored 11 in the defeat.

Andy Briggs also had figures of two for four for Matadors, who lead the group with 14 points.

Mangla's effort pushed him further ahead as the leading wicket-taker in the league. He now has 20 wickets. Rajin Khanhi of Anthrax is  in second spot with 17 wickets.

In their run chase, Matadors reached 60 for three, with Kaveer Maraj leading the charge with an aggressive 33, while Mangla returned with the bat to finish off  the victory with a quick 12 from five balls, which included one six and a four.

Former Strike Force player Kerwin Gonsales stroked his way to 54 to guide another last-16 qualifier in Team Extreme to a 57-run win over DA Team in Group A.

The stocky Gonzales hit five sixes in his innings as his side posted 88 from 12 overs, before dismissing their opponents for 31.

Christopher Calderon was the main destroyer with three for seven. Also among the runs for the winners was Nick Mithu, who made 11.

Last Saturday, Spring Village secured two wins.

First, they powered their way to 141 for five to register their best-ever batting effort in the league and score a 52-run win over Officials, who replied with 89 for five.

Later in the day, Spring Village washed away Blood Brothers by four wickets, with Keon Isaac scoring 25 to become the leading run-scorer in the league to date.

Isaac (160 runs) replaced Matadors' skipper Revendra Singh, who has 149 runs to his name, at the top of the chart.

                                                                         Last weekend results:

Free Style 71-7 (Jacob Larode 17, Alex Maraj 15, Carlos Narine 12; Earlan Williams 2-6, Mukesh Partap 2-11, Satyam Mootoor 2-12) bt Take & Pass 45 (Jerron Jaggernath 10; Carlos Narine 3-5, Isaac Kennedy 2-2, Alex Maraj  2-4, Sudarshan Hosien 2-7)                                                                                   

Free Style won by 26 runs

Team Xtreme 88 (Kerwin Gonzales 54, Nick Mithu 11; Nazim Hassam 2-14, Brian Mahabir 2-15) bt DA Team 31 (Christopher Calderon 3-7)

Team Extreme won by 57 runs

Spring Village 141-5 (Keon Isaac 40, Clement Neeranjan 29, Dwayne James 24, A Kanhai 24, Richard Ali 11; Ravi Persad 2-30) bt Officials 89-5 (Farris Rahaman 45, Ravi Persad 11)

Spring Village won by 52 runs

Spring Village 59-6 (Keon Isaac 25, Rawl Sammy 15; Navindra Taylor 3-14, Roger Bisnath 2-14) bt Blood Brothers 56-6 (Ricky Seiwchan 19; Keron Noriega 3-9)

Spring Village won by four wickets

Matadors 60-3 (Kaveer Maraj 33, Avinash Mangla 12) bt Savannah Boys 55-7 (Robert Braithwaite 11, Anthony Parmarssar 11; Avinash Mangla 4-8, Andy Briggs 2-4)

Matadors won by seven wickets

 RVB Glass 48 without loss (Vishal Sookwah 28 not out) bt New Recruits 45-9 (Sunil Boochan 2-3, Rajesh Boochan 2-4, Vishal Kallicharan 2-15)

RVB Glass won by ten wickets

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