Queen's Park Cricket Club started their Premier Division Sunday League title defence with a dominating 157-run win over newcomers F&E Diamond United in their Group A match at Kennedy Park, Diamond Village in South Trinidad, yesterday.
The Parkites skipper, Justin Guillen hit 65, while allrounder Akeal Hosein scored 45 to lead the Port of Spain club to a competitive 247 for eight in 50 overs.
The defending champions then dismissed their hosts for 121 in 42 overs to complete a big win. Medium pacer Daron Cruickshank grabbed three for 30 and Hosein took two for 17 for the Parkites.
In Group B, PowerGen, led by a half century from Trinidad and Tobago skipper Denesh Ramdin, defeated Alescon Comets by six wickets in a low-scoring game at Syne Village, Penal.
PowerGen dismissed Comets for 131 before Ramdin hit 51 off 41 balls with five fours and three sixes to steer the hosts to victory.
Nicholas Sookdeosingh also played a part in the win. He hit 42 off 51 balls with three fours and a six
PowerGen are in action today against Merry Boys at Syne Village, while Queen's Park travel to Aranjuez for their Round Two clash with another newly promoted club, Hafeez Karamath Limited Aranjuez Sports, who will be looking to rebound from their close seven-run loss to Esmeralda, yesterday.
Yesterday's Premier Division Sunday League Results
Esmeralda 121 all out (36 overs) (Teshawn Castro 65; Idrees Mohammed 4/33) vs HKL Aranjuez 114 all out (36 overs) (Hanuman Moonsammy 34, Michael Brown 29; Ryan Jaipaul 5/13)—Esmeralda won by 7 runs
At Kennedy Park
QPCC 247/8 (50 overs) (Justin Guillen 65, Akeal Hosein 45, Ricardo Paty 34, Khary Pierre 23 n.o.; Anand Ajoda 2/43, Chad Persadie 2/49) vs F&E Diamond United 121 all out (42 overs) (Emmanuel Lett 22, Nigel Gayasingh 36; Daron Cruickshank 3/30, Akeal Hosein 2/17)—QPCC won by 157 runs
At Wilson Road
Clarke Road 209 all out (50 overs) (Sean Siloch 47, Adrian Ali 36, Al Small 33; Jajendra Sookdeo 3/36, Mervyn Dillon 2/20, Javon Searles 2/46) vs Moosai Sports 157 all out (43.5 overs) (Navin Stewart 40, Jajendra Sookdeo 23, Navin Chan 21, William Perkins 20; Mukesh Persad 3/16, Sanjiv Gooljar 3/38, Shazan Babwah 3/40)—Clarke Road won by 52 runs
At Syne Village
Comets 131 all out (47.3 overs) (Imran Khan 34; Sherwin Ganga 3/15, Dave Mohammed 3/27) vs PowerGen 137/4 (22.2 overs) (Denesh Ramdin 51, Nicholas Sookdeosingh 42; Kissoondath Magram 2/22)—PowerGen won by 6 wkts
Caldrac 185 all out (48.1 overs) (Mark Deyal 91; Rishaad Harris 2/39, Keon Isaac 3/24, Vishwanath Seenath 2/29) vs Bamboo 189/8 (46.1 overs) (Terrance Hinds 67, Rishaad Harris 36; Jon Ross Jagessar 4/49, Dane Teeslucksingh 3/35)—Bamboo won by 2 wkts
At Diego Martin
Merry Boys vs W Connection Wanderers—Merry Boys won by default
Today's Premier Division
Sunday League Fixtures
HKL Aranjuez vs QPCC, Aranjuez
Esmeralda vs Clarke Road, Esmeralda
Moosai Sports vs F&E Diamond, Honeymoon Park, El Dorado
Wanderers vs Bamboo Sports, Gilbert Park
Alescon Comets vs Caldrac Club, Pierre Road
PowerGen vs Merry Boys, Syne Village