The sixth round of the GCB Tropical Spring T20 Over 40 Tournament, continued on Wednesday (December 2) and saw teams from West Demerara recording victories along with Bel Air Rubis Tec.
In the afternoon match at the Everest Cricket Club ground, West Demerara Mavericks who face Sand Piper Masters batted first and amassed 103 for 6 off their allotted 13 overs, after the overs in play was reduced from 20 overs aside. Munishwar Balgobin slammed 56, inclusive of 6 fours and 2 sixes, while Sohan Bedessie provided valuable support with 22, hitting 2 sixes in the process. The only other batsman to reach double figures was Lalta Suknanand with 13. Bowling for Sandpiper, Bhupendra Deokie took 2 for 35 from 3 overs, while there was one wicket apiece for Nandkrishna Ram, Rickford Samaroo and Davenarine Singh.
In reply, Sand Pipers Masters never appeared capable of reaching the victory target, as their run chase ended at 69 for 7 as their allotted 13 overs expired. Middle order batsman, Rickford Samaroo stroked 30, a knock that included a four and a six. The other batsman to reach double figures was Ryan Mangah with 16. Amarnauth Jadunauth and Alwen Andrews were both not out on one. Bowling for WD Mavericks, Devendra Ramdial claimed 3 for 22 from 3 overs, while Nigel Veira and Sohan Bedessie took one wicket each. WD Mavericks won by 34 runs.
Over at the Enmore ground, Regal Masters won the toss against West Demerara Masters and elected to bat posting 119-7 off 18 overs. Opening batsman, Rudolph Baker, made a brilliant contribution of 45, decorated with 3 sixes and 3 fours, to which his teammates of Roy Persaud and Chien Gittens, added 19 and 16, respectively. On the Bowling side, Boodram Sugrim and Steve Haripal picked up 2 wickets a piece, in an attempt to restrict their opponents.
In reply, West Demerara Masters raced to victory in 17.1 overs, reaching their target of 120 with 5 wickets to spare. Undefeated Middle-order batsman, Chabiraj Ramcharran, outshined his competitors by smashing 55 runs, sculpted by 4 sixes and a four. Sudesh Persaud added the other attractive double-digit score of 31, to launch their team to victory. Conrad Boele sent both opening batsmen on their way, returning figures of 2-12. West Demerara Won by 5 wickets.
For the afternoon segment, vying for the win, RP Construction and Bel Air Rubis took the field. RP Construction elected to bat after having won the toss. A decision which proved difficult against the Bel Air Rubis bowlers, as their bowlers quickly exhausted their line-up of batsmen in 14.3 overs, ending their inning at 87 runs. Jai Kissoon, Khemraj Jailall and Parmanand Dindyal contributed 29, 15 and 13 runs respectively, with each batsman hitting a boundary. Dominating on the bowlers end were Oslyn Batson (2-6) and Nadir Baksh (2-10).
In reply, Bel Air Rubis Ultra Tec, productively paced their innings to reach 88 for 5 from 19.4 overs. Richard Ramdeem stroke 27, inclusive of a four and a six, while Shaun Messiah was unbeaten on 21, a knock which included a four. The other batsmen to get among the runs were Nadir Baksh with 17, inclusive of a four, Harinarine Hira with 10 and Oslyn Batson with 8 not out. Bel Air Rubis Ultra Tec won by 5 runs.
The 7th round of matches of the GCB Tropical Spring T20 Over 40 Tournament, continues at the Everest and Enmore venues on Saturday (December 7). At Everest, KV Construction Masters will face WD Master at 09:30 hours, while Sand Pipers will battle with Everest Masters from 13:45 hours. The Enmore ground will have Regal Masters opposing RP Construction Legend in the first encounter of the day, from 09:30 hours, and WD Mavericks competing against Rubis Bel-Air Ultra Tec at 13:45 hours.