Friday, February 23, 2018

Merry Boys meet weakened QPCC


‘Jaggy’ delivers: Queen's Park Cricket Club spinner Amit Jaggernauth is about to send down a delivery during the Premier Division Twenty20 match against Moosai Sports at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain on Wednesday. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

Mark Fraser

The Premier Division Twenty20 competition continues this weekend with defending champions Queen’s Park Cricket Club looking to reaffirm their dominance in the shortest version of the game as they host Merry Boys in a top-of-the-table Group A clash at St Mary’s Ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair from 2.30 p.m.

The Parkites, who were held to an unofficial tie against Moosai Sports in the previous round, will be hoping to bounce back strong against Merry Boys who overcame Seenath’s Bamboo Auto Sports in their previous match.

The result of the Moosai versus Queen’s Park Clash is still uncertain after the match ended with both teams scoring 107 runs each. There was not enough time to play a “super over” to decide the winners. The National League Committee will meet on Monday to decide how to deal with the situation.

In the meantime, Merry Boys will have a good chance of upsetting the champs who are without some of their players for this weekend’s matches.

Queen’s Park coach David Furlong said they might not have the services of Darren Bravo for today’s encounter but will welcome back all-rounder Akeal Hosein. The Parkites will also have their skipper Justin Guillen for the clash. Guillen scored 53 against Moosai, ensuring his team did not lose the game.

The Parkites are already without Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine who are playing in the Indian Premier League, as well as Adrian Barath and Shannon Gabriel who returned from Jamaica with the Trinidad and Tobago team last night.

Merry Boys will also be without some of their players but have the depth to cause an upset. They have with them three explosive batsmen in Mario Belcon, wicketkeeper Aaron Alfred and Barbadian Alcindo Holder, while spinner Emile Rajah and Javid Ramdhanie have both been in good form with the ball.

Hafeez Karamath Limited Aranjuez Sports are also in the race for a quarter-final spot after defeating Alescon Comets last week. Another victory for Aranjuez today against winless Seenath’s Auto Bamboo Sports will put the Vikash Mohan-led team in a good position to go through to the next round.

All players will be wearing black armbands today as a mark of respect for the recent passing of former administrative manager of the T&T Cricket Board Rambhai Patel who died on Monday.

All matches start at 2:30 p.m.

Today's Premier Division T20 fixtures

Group A

Seenath's Auto Bamboo Sports vs HKL Aranjuez Sports, Bamboo Recreation Ground

Alescon Comets vs Moosai Sports, Pierre Road

QPCC vs Merry Boys, Queen's Park Oval

Group B

F&E Diamond United vs PowerGen, Kennedy Park

Caldrac vs Wanderers, Gilbert Park

First Citizens Clarke Road United vs Esmeralda, Wilson Road

Premier Division T20 standings

Group A

Teams GP W L Abd Pts

Merry Boys 2 2 0 0 8

*QPCC 2 1 0 0 4

*Moosai 2 1 0 0 4

Aranjuez 2 1 1 0 4

Comets 2 0 2 0 0

Bamboo 2 0 2 0 0

*NB: The result of Moosai vs QPCC game pending

Group B

Teams GP W L Abd Pts

PowerGen 2 1 0 1 5

Clarke Road 2 1 0 1 5

Esmeralda 2 1 0 1 5

Diamond 2 1 1 0 4

Caldrac 2 0 1 1 1

Wanderers 2 0 2 0 0