Hillview College’s chances of retaining their PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League (SSCL) Premier Division title got a big boost yesterday when they defeated Trinity College East by three wickets in the penultimate round of the competition while three other key matches involving the title-chasing teams were abandoned because of rain.
At Honeymoon Park in El Dorado, the defending champs dismissed Trinity for 138 with leg-spinner Jesse Bootan grabbing four for 22 and left-arm chinaman bowler Afdal Khan taking three for 39.
Hillview, in reply, reached 139 for seven with Travis Mungalsingh hitting 45 and Camillo Carimbocas making an unbeaten 35.
Hillview, who were in fifth place heading into the game, earned 17 points from the win, moving up to third place, just six points behind leaders Vishnu Boys Hindu College whose game against Naparima College at Wilson Road in Penal, yesterday, was abandoned due to rain.
Vishnu got three points from that match plus four bonus points after they batted first and made 252 for nine before rain stopped play. That was enough for Vishnu to stay in the lead, with the final round to be played tomorrow.
The match between second-placed Barrackpore West Secondary and Princes Town West Secondary was also called off, with Barrackpore earning three points for the abandoned game plus four for dismissing their opponents for 209 before rain intervened.
Barrackpore are just three points behind the leaders.
Vishnu tackle El Dorado East Secondary in their final round match, while Hillview face Barrackpore in their last league game, tomorrow.
At Fatima Ground
El Dorado East Sec 77-4 (20 overs) (Shaquille McDavid 30, Nathaniel McDavid 17; Donovan Clayton 1/7, Jonathan Hirst 1/10) vs Fatima College 79-2 (13.2 overs) (Jean Paul Rocke 16 n.o., Kelly Rosalis 15, Dominic Henderson 15)
—Hillview won by eight wickets
At Wilson Road
Vishnu Boys Hindu College 252-9 (50 overs) (Hance Kallicharan 75, Brandon Boodram 50, Dimitirus Bain 39; Clevon Kalawan 2/62, Jovan Ali 4/30) vs Naparima College
At Balmain Recreation Ground
Carapichiama East Sec 144 (Anderson Phillip 52; Joel Sutherland 5/33, Kamil Pooran 2/32) vs Presentation College Chaguanas
At Barrackpore Ground
Princes Town West Sec 209 (40 overs) (Cephas 58, Daniel Ramkissoon 54 n.o.; Jerron Maniram 3/31, Dillon Mohammed 2/19, Renny Gangeesingh 2/31) vs Barrackpore West Sec 23-0 (7.3 overs)
At Honeymoon Park
Trinity College East 138 (30.4 overs) (Sachin Seecharan 51, Kaleem Felix 32; Jesse Bootan 4/22, Afdal Khan 3/39, Nikolai Nyron 2/26) vs Hillview College 139-7 (34.3 overs) (Travis Mungalsingh 45, Camillo Carimbocas 35 n.o.; Brandon Sooklal 3/27)
—Hillview won by three wickets
At Paragon Ground
Shiva Boys’ Hindu College 186 (42 overs) (Stefon Seepersad 60) vs Cowen Hamilton Sec
At Serpentine Road
St Mary’s College 278-7 (40 overs) (Isaiah Superville 58, Jason Batson 50, Jamel Hunte 78; James Duncan 2/75) vs Preysal Secondary 76 (31 overs) (Jason Batson 2/12, J Clarke 2/15)
—St Mary’s won by 202 runs
At Union Hall
Presentation College San Fernando 203-3 (24 overs) (Shatrughan Ramberan 70 n.o., Samuel Seepersad 56) vs Toco Secondary