Defending champions Queen's Park Cricket Club got off to a bright start in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Premiership Twenty20 competition when they brushed aside Premier Division League leaders Alescon Comets by 79 runs yesterday at Pierre Road.
Merry Boys and Moosai Sports also won handsomely in the same group as the "Parkites", Group A.
In Group B, Clarke Road edged out F&E Diamond United by 27 runs in a low-scoring affair at Wilson Road, while PowerGen whipped Caldrac Sports by 59 runs at Syne Village. W Connection, unsurprisingly, defaulted against Esmer-alda Sports when they failed to turn up for their encounter at Gilbert Park. Wanderers have not played a game in any of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board competitions thus far this season.
With a host of Trinidad and Tobago stars in their lineup, Queen's Park batted first and posted a formidable 184 for eight in their 20 overs. Kevon Cooper's innings of 38 was the biggest score in the total, but a number of players contributed, including Sunil Narine (28 not out), Dwayne Bravo (25) and Kieron Pollard (24).
In their turn at the crease Comets never threatened the Parkites' total of 105 for nine in 20 overs, with Stephen Wharwood's 26 the highest score from their batsmen. With the ball, Narine and Bravo managed two cheap wickets each.
At Diego Martin Recreation Ground, Merry Boys made light work of Aranjuez Sports thanks to Rayad Emrit's miserly six wickets, which helped scuttle Aranjuez for 79. Merry Boys chased down the total in 13.4 overs.
Aaron Alfred was Merry Boys' best bat, unbeaten on 22.
And PowerGen, powered by Nicholas Sookdeosingh's unbeaten 111, chalked up a huge total of 199 for three. Jason Mohammed chipped in with 48, and Sherwin Ganga got 23.
Adrian Cooper, bowling for PowerGen, then proceeded to rip the heart out of Caldrac Sports' batting, taking five for nine to help restrict them to 140 all out in 19.3 overs.
For Caldrac, Mark Deyal (54) led the way with the bat, aided by Franklyn Rouse (41).
Moosai Sports 221/6 in 20 overs (William Perkins 76, Kjorn Ottley 47; Ryan Baksh 2/34, Terrance Hinds 1/25) vs Bamboo Sports 174/6 in 20 overs (Krishna Arjoon 93; Keith Hazel 2/22)
Moosai Sports won by 47 runs
Clarke Road United 118 in 19.2 overs (Nicholas Pooran 28, Adrian Ali 22, Sanjiv Gooljar 20; Farrell Jugmohan 3/16, Jonathan Foo 2/22) vs F&E Diamond United 91/9 in 20 (Vishal Singh 37, Farrel Jugmohan 16; Sanjiv Goojar 4/18, Shazan Babwah 2/8)
Clarke Road won by 27 runs
Aranjuez Sports 79 all out in 19 overs (Kelon Carmichael 25, Oba Thomas 25; Rayad Emrit 6/15, Kashtri Singh 3/18, Atiba Allert 1/7) vs Merry Boys 81/3 in 13.4 overs (Lendl Simmons 19, Mario Belcon 20, Aaron Alfred 22 n.o., Alcindo Holder 11; Oba Thomas 1/27; Kelon Carmichael 1/13 Deon Ferreira 1/18)
Merry Boys won by seven wickets
QPCC 184/8 in 20 overs (Kevon Cooper 38, Dwayne Bravo 25, Sunil Narine 28 n.o., Kieron Pollard 24; Ansil Bhaggan 2/24, Imran Khan 2/37) vs Alescon Comets 105/9 in 20 overs (Stephen Wharwood 26; Sunil Narine 2/13, Dwayne Bravo 2/10)
QPCC won by 79 runs
PowerGen Sports 199/3 in 20 overs (Nicholas Sookdeosingh 111 n.o., Jason Mohammed 48, Sherwin Ganga 23; Allen Laurent 2/33; Brent Lezama 1/21) vs Caldrac Sports 140 all out in 19.3 overs (Mark Deyal 54, Franklyn Rouse 41; Adrian Cooper 5/9; Tevin Robertson 2/37, Samuel Badree 1/24)
PowerGen won by 59 runs