St Mary’s College held their nerve to beat Presentation College San Fernando by one run in their PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League InterCol Twenty20 first round match at Serpentine Road, St Clair yesterday.
After being dismissed for 96 in 19.4 overs, CIC rallied to restrict the visitors to 95 for nine off 20 overs to secure their place in the next round of the knock-out competition.
It was number three batsman Jameel Hunte who set up the win for St Mary’s, hitting five fours in a top-score of 54, when his side were sent in to bat. The next best score for the hosts came from Jonathan Bootan, who made ten. Hunte, who is one of the fast bowlers in the St Mary’s side, then went to work on the Pres San Fernando batsmen, grabbing two for 16 to disrupt the chase.
The visitors needed three off the last over when CIC medium pacer Harshan Lal snatched two wickets to finish off the win for his school.
Harshan finished with figures of two for 20 while his brother Abhai also played a part in the win, taking two for 22 with his leg-spin.
Elsewhere, last year’s runners up Barataria South Secondary had an easy path to the next round after their opponents failed to show for their match.
In other matches yesterday, Vishnu Boys’ Hindu College defeated Moruga Secondary by eight wickets and Shiva Boys’ Hindu College beat Toco Secondary by ten wickets to secure their place in the next round.
Barrackpore West Secondary also go through to the next round after their match against Signal Hill at Barrackpore was abandoned because of rain.