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Ed Ahmad New York Caribbean Cricket Cup
Guyana & T’dad Advance to 50-Overs Finals

By John L. Aaron
Guyana Batters Jamaica Along The Way

Guyana recorded a resounding 144-run victory over a hapless Jamaica XI at Idlewild Park, Queens, last Saturday. Unbeaten so far in both the 50-overs and Twenty20 tournaments, Guyana emerged winners of their 50-overs Group and will now face Trinidad & Tobago in the final at the same venue on September 1.

Electing to take first strike after winning the toss, Guyana behind the prolific bats of former Guyana national players Vishal Nagamootoo and Andrew Gonsalves, reached 276 in their allotted 50 overs. Nagamootoo led the way with an impressive 82, after temporarily retiring hurt when on 57. He returned to complete a 137 min. innings, facing 94 deliveries in the process and falling just short of his first Ed Ahmad Cup century. Andrew Gonzalves scored 57 off an equal number of balls faced. Skipper and current US captain Steve Massiah got 30, P. Mahadeo, 23 and Milroy Kingston finally showing some true form, 22.

Bowling for Jamaica: M. Cole led with 2 for 42 from 10 overs, while D. Morgan got 2 for 45 off 8 overs, Captain Richard Staples and B. McLeish each grabbed one wicket apiece.

Jamaica in response, literally struggled to challenge what appeared to be an imposing 277-run target for victory. Orlando Baker, 24 and D. Powell, 20, along with skipper Richard Staple, 14, T. Gordon, 13 and V. Woolcock and D. Morgan each with 11 runs apiece, were the only batsmen to reach double-figures, as Jamaica folded their tents; all out in 38.2 overs with their score at 132, falling 145 runs short of victory.

Orlando Baker’s 24-run contribution was a painstaking knock of singles and deuces, occupying the crease for 79 minutes and facing 53 balls. His was a gallant effort at trying to hold together the Jamaican middle-order, in the losing cause.

Bowling for Guyana H. Harrinarine had figures of 10-0-24-3, but it was Telston Johnson’s devastating opening spell that created havoc in the Jamaican batting line-up, as he grabbed the first three wickets to fall in his first six overs at a loss of only 22 runs. He would end up with 3 for 33 from 10 overs. Guyana’s vice captain Lennox Cush grabbed 2 for 19 off a short spell of four overs, while Zamin Amin and Bhim George each chipped in with one wicket apiece.

As a result of the victory over Jamaica, Guyana is now expected to face Trinidad & Tobago in the 50-overs final on Saturday, September 1 at Idlewild Park in Rosedale, Queens.

Windward Islands vs. NYCR (Youths) XI
The Windward Islands defeated the New York Cricket Region’s (Youths) XI, a team comprising several up and coming stars for whom there is no roster space among the contending national teams. Windwards scored a convincing 63-run victory over the NYCR Youths as the third round of the Ed Ahmad 50-overs Caribbean Cup cricket competition closed out at Seaview, Brooklyn last Saturday.

The Windward Islands won the toss and elected to bat first, posting up 260 for eight in 40 overs. Esnod James, 92 off 76 deliveries (8x4s, 3x6s) missed his century, but ironically his stumps were hit by a direct throw from mid-field. James enjoyed a 130-run third wicket partnership with Grenada and Windward’s’ former opening batsman Kester Sylvester, 66 off 63 balls. Libert Serieux with 18 was the only other person to get reach double figures for Windwards. However, that tally of 260 would prove to be enough for a victory.

Bowling for the NYCR XI, J. Thomas had 3 for 48 off 7 overs, D. Evans 2 for 51 off 8 overs, while H. D'Oliviera and A. Khan each took one wicket for 24 and 25 runs respectively from their allotted eight overs each.

The NYCR XI’s response was a very positive one, posting 90 runs in their opening stance, before losing Patrick Dewar for 43. The other opener Dennis Evans continued to bat with New York’s Under-19 skipper Akeem Dodson, however that duo’s departure was the signal for the beginning of the end. Dennis Evans got 38 and Akeem Dodson 34, while A Khan, batting with a runner had an impressive 43. The NYCR XI was finally bowled out for 197 in the last over, still needing 64 runs off of the final two deliveries.

K. George led the Windwards’ bowling attack, taking 3 for 25 off 5.4 overs, while L. Douglas 2 for 42 and M. Wilson one for 26 supported the winning effort, each from their allotted eight overs.

Trinidad Squeaks Past Barbados
Trinidad & Tobago seeking their third Ed Ahmad Cup championship in as many years, sneaked past Barbados at 88th Street Canarsie, Brooklyn last weekend.

Batting first Barbados reached 231 for the loss of nine wickets at the conclusion of their allotted 50 overs. O. Bostic had a patient knock of 66, before being caught off the bowling of Denis Rampersad. He was closely followed with a contribution of 55 from R. Gittens. Other double-digit knocks came from Blades, 23, C. Thomas, 21, W. King, 18, D. Smith, 17 and H. Clarke, 13 not out.

Bowling for T&T: Mukesh Persad had figures of 10-1-19-3, Rodney Sooklall 10-0-67-2 with Dave Mohammed and Richie Sieuchan each grabbing one wicket for 7 and 10 runs respectively.

In reply the calypso boys posted the winning total of 232, losing eight wickets along the way. Top scorer was Denzil James with 61 Denis Rampersad, 47, Richie Sieuchan, 37 not out, G. Ramsingh, 30 and C. Samuels, 23. It was enough evenly spread all around that helped Trinidad & Tobago advance to the finals to meet Guyana.
Bowling for Barbados: K. Clarke was the most fruitful of the crop with 4 for 30 off his 7 overs, while D. Smith, J. Greaves and W. King each snared a wicket apiece, in the losing cause.

Trinidad & Tobago playing with a tremendous amount of discipline, is clearly signally their intention to wrest the championship once more from their Guyanese counterparts. However, Guyana has three of the major ingredients batting depth and a combination of spin and pace.

Pakistan Triumphs Over Leeward Islands

In the sole remaining match up, Pakistan led by the hard-hitting Nadeem Younis defeated the Leeward XI to stay in contention for a runner-up slot in the 50-overs tournament.
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