Thursday, February 22, 2018

Queen's Park stay unbeaten, Bamboo, Comets draw

Queen's Park Cricket Club (QPCC) and PowerGen Sports remained unbeaten in the Trinidad and Tobago Premier Division Sunday League competition after victories by different methods yesterday.

QPCC's Petrock Nicholas struck 73, while teammate Azra Rajah also notched a half century (51) as the Parkites successfully hauled in the Moosai Sports score of 222 for nine. QPCC's Jonathan Augusta just missed out on a half century (49) at the Queen's Park Oval.

Queen's Park achieved the target in 46.4 overs, getting to 227 for four to win by six wickets and stay atop Group A.

Earlier when Moosai batted, Ewart Nicholson (50) and Jeeteran Sookdeo (41) led the way with some help from Navin Stewart.

QPCC bowlers Anthony Simmons (three for 44) and the pair of Darren Cruickshank (two for 41) and Uthman Mohammed (two for 47) did the job of limiting Moosai.

PowerGen benefitted from a default from W Connection Wanderers, who forfeited their fourth match in a row because of an ongoing legal battle with the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, to earn their three points and remain top of Group B.

Elsewhere, FC Clarke Road made their trip to Aranjuez Savannah worthwhile, scoring a three-wicket victory over HKL Aranjuez SC.

After Aranjuez made 183 all out in 49.2 overs, based on an opening wicket stand of 128 between Hanoman Moonsammy (85) and Jonathan Cabralis (37), Clarke Road reached 184 for seven in 48.3 overs. Clarke Road's Shazaam Babwah was the main wicket-taker with four for 24.

Clarke Road's Anthony Bramble (87) spearheaded the chase, with Adrian Ali (45) playing a solid supporting role in an innings in which Aranjuez's Ian Farrier claimed two for 35.

In the most exciting match of the day, Seenath Auto Bamboo and Alescon Comets battled to a draw at Bamboo Recreational Grounds.

Bamboo middle order batsman Rishaard Harris powered to 109 not out to see his side to 255 for eight in their 50 allotted overs

The match went down to the last ball and Keiron Joseph topscored for Comets with 91 as they reached 255 for 9 in 50 overs for a share of the points.

Former Trinidad and Tobago captain Daren Ganga and Zad Clarke scored 41 each for Comets.

Bamboo bowlers Ryan Baksh (three for 22) and Terrance Hinds (three for 63) nearly managed to pull off the victory for their team.

At Esmeralda, Esmeralda prevaield by 16 runs after Brian Boodram (32) led them to a lowly 118. But Esmeralda's bowlers Akeil Bholan (four for 24) and Rikki Jaipaul (four for 32) bundled F& E Daimond out for 102, their centurion from Saturday's round, Jonathan Foo top-scoring with just 24 this time.

And at Caldrac, Merry Boys dismissed Caldrac for 166 to win by 81 runs.

Earlier Atiba Alert's half century (50) led Merry Boys to 247 all out in 48.4 overs after Caldrac bowlers Christopher Vincent (three for 22) and Dane Teelucksingh (three for 45) had done their best to peg them back.

But Caldrac's Mark Dial (46) and Teelucksingh (37) failed to do enough to get their team to the Merry Boys total.