THE expected appearance of Dwayne Bravo for Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) never materialised yesterday in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Premier Division Twenty20 against Merry Boys at Diego Martin Recreation Ground. In the end, Queen’s Park could certainly have used the all-rounder’s contribution with the bat, as their hosts made merry, cruising to a 51-run victory in Group A.
The West Indies One-Day International captain, had he played would have been unable to bowl due to an injury picked up at the recently-concluded World T20, was expected to line up with the Parkites, but did not turn up to play. Queen’s Park coach David Furlonge told the Express yesterday that Bravo missed the match due to “personal business”.
Merry Boys won the toss and chose to bat, and posted a competitive score of 169 for five on their home ground. Queen’s Park in reply stuttered to 118 for eight, losing wickets at regular intervals, which stymied their chance of a successful chase.
Opener Aaron Alfred lay the ground work for the Merry Boys total, facing 20 dot balls from the 56 deliveries he faced. But he made up for that figure with four fours and six sixes for 83 before he was fourth out. By then Merry Boys were on 160, and in the penultimate over.
Most of the batting support for Alfred came from the other opening batsman, Mario Belcon, who stroked three fours and a six in his innings of 30 (26 balls). Jeetendra Sookdeo, batting at number four, also added 18 (13 balls), and there were 15 extras from Queen’s Park, including seven wides.
The Parkites were always going to be up against it in the absence of a number of experienced players. Premier Division Cricketer of the Year for 2013 Jonathan Augustus, and bowlers Amit Jaggernauth and Shannon Gabriel are on national duty with T&T in Guyana for the Regional Four-Day Tournament.
All-rounder Akeal Hosein is nursing a thigh injury, Barbados and West Indies pacer Fidel Edwards is not currently in the squad. The contest was all but over with Queen’s Park reaching four for 40 after 7.2 overs, and they continued to lose wickets regularly. Daron Cruickshank topscored with 33, and was aided by Sherwin Peters (27) but Queen’s Park were never close to victory.
Also in Group A, Moosai Sports edged Alescon Comets by ten runs despite Richard Kelly’s 70, while Faaiq Mohammed also added 41 for Comets. And Seenath’s Auto Bamboo Sports were trounced by Munroe Road, who scored 198 for six batting first and dismissed their opponents 157.
In Group B, PowerGen beat Jenexcon Tableland by 70 runs thanks to a blazing 97 from Silas Cooper. His 37-ball knock—he hit five sixes and 12 fours—was only interrupted when he was trapped in front by Jervais Cummings, but by then the damage was done. Tableland responded with 140 for nine.
Merry Boys 169/5 (20 overs) (Aaron Alfred 83, Mario Belcon 30, Jeetendra Sookdeo 18; Ken Hazel 2/18) vs Queen’s Park 118/8 (20 overs) (Daron Cruickshank 33, Sherwin Peters 27, Tion Webster 17; Javon Searles 4/11) Merry Boys won by 51 runs
PowerGen 210/8 (20 over) (Silas Cooper 97, Varun Samaroo 24, Rajindra Chandrika 19; Kenton Thompson 3/19, Jervais Cummings 3/24) 140/9 (20 overs) (Lincoln Roberts 36, William Perkins 30; Sherwin Ganga 3/29, Ancil Bhaggan 2/20, Nicholas Sookdeosingh 3/2)
Moosai Sports 168/7 (20 overs) (Isaiah Rajah 56, Clarence Hinds 41, Nicholas Alexis 26; Andy Gobin 1/14, Rishi Rambhally 1/16, Raj Nanan 1/22) vs Comets 158/3 (Richard Kelly 70, Faaiq Mohamed 41, Kadesh Samlalsingh 32; Jahron Alfred 1/24, Vikash Mohan 1/17, Adrian Cooper 1/20)
Clarke Road 155/9 (20 overs) (Ryan Ramdass 53, Yannick Ottley 36; Kerwin Sirju 2/21, Rishaad Harris 2/31) vs Esmeralda 145/8 (20 overs) (Keion Isaac 52, Akeel Mollon 43; Derone Davis 3/3, Kissoondath Magram 2/32)
Cadrac Sports 141/7 (20 overs) (Mark Deyal 40, Royston Crandon 37; Narsingh Deonarine (3/33) vs CLICO Preysal 115/9 (20 overs) (Videsh Sookai 38; Franklyn Rouse 3/12)
Munroe Road 198/6 (20 overs)(Kieron Joseph 47 n.o., Hanuman Moonsammy 49, Kapil Harry 53, Kyle Marshall 22; Vishanath Seenath 2/45, Darren Deonarine 2/21) vs Bamboo Sports 157 all out 18.2 (Yannic Cariah 30, Krishna Arjune 28, Roger Bilbal 25, Hospedales Singh 18; Vishal Guyadeen 4/13, Kyle Marshall 2/44, Vikash Mohan 2/38, Richard Ross 1/18)