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Ed Ahmad New York Caribbean Cup
Guyana Advance To 20/20 Finals

By John L. Aaron

Guyana Steals One From Jamaica

In a nail-biting finish, Guyana advanced to the 2007 Ed Ahmad 20/20 Cup finals by defeating Jamaica at Floyd Bennett Field last weekend. Batting first after winning the toss Guyana posted a somewhat modest 153 for 6 in their 20 overs. However, the asking rate of 7.7 proved too much for a Jamaica squad that has been struggling all season long to find its legs.

Getting among the runs were Sudesh Dhaniram, 61 not out and Andrew Gonsalves, 29. Bowling for Jamaica: M. Cole and B. McLeish each grabbed two wickets, while B. Bartley and skipper Staples each snatched a wicket. The Guyana wickets fell at 41, 47, 69, 113, 117 and 143.

Chasing 153 Jamaica, despite an opening contribution of 89 from the hard-hitting Carl Wright was unable to sustain the momentum and collapsed, as the only other two batsmen to reach double-figures was O’Neil Powell, 21 and Rohan Alexander, 10, as Jamaica ran out of overs with their score on 151 for the loss of seven wickets, three runs shy of a victory. It was Zamin Amin working the ball in the closing moments of the game that prevented Jamaica from reaching the easily attainable target of 154.

Bowling for Guyana: Bhim George was very successful with figures of 3-0-11-3. The Jamaica wickets fell at 31, 85, 132, 142, 143, 148 and 151. (Pictures)

Pakistan Overpowers Leeward Islands
Pakistan roared over Leeward Islands by striking 216 runs off their allotted 20 overs, in the Ed Ahmad 2007 20/20 tournament. Batting first Pakistan’s hard-hitting Nadeem Younis was unable to get out of the box in the dominating fashion that New York cricket fans have become accustomed to seeing him. However, his team mates more than compensated for the burly striker, by posting a more than decent total.

Opener Adil Mohammad, 59, the perennial Amjad Khan, 46 and Wabaz Ahmad, 42 helped to post the formidable total for Pakistan.

Bowling for Leeward Islands, the five Pakistani wickets were shared among the six bowlers employed by the Leeward Islands.

In response Leewards was off to a decent start from their openers G. Hart, 43 and F. Lewis, 27 and fully supported by number three batsman C. Richard, 46. However, the other cylinders failed to fire in unison and saw Leewards losing their remaining batsmen for a meager 44 runs, including 10 extras. It was Adil Mohammad with figures of 4-0-23-4 and the wily Sabi Rafique 4-0-30-3 who wrecked havoc on Leewards. The Leeward Islands would end up at 160 for 8 off their allotted 20 overs.
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