By Royo P. Sankar
Vikings of Canada vs Richmond Hill
On Saturday, the cage fans was treated with some 5- hours of exiting cricket as both Richmond Hill and Vikings compete for top honors. Inserted to bat first after losing the toss Vikings lost their first three wicket Ali Bakhtiar (7) brilliantly caught by Deryck McDonald at first slip, diving to his right– off Kaleem Bux, Nedesh Basdeo (2) drove into the safe hands of Ronald Evelyn at mid-off and captain Durand Soraine fell 2-balls later— lbw candidate without scoring; both wicket going to Deryck McDonald with the score on 36 .
However, Jason Patraj stood firm and quickly took control along with West Indies youth all-rounder Zamal Khan—with the score 70, Zamal, trying to up the tempo cut straight into the hands of Royo Sankar fielding at gully—a move initiated by captain Shameer Sadloo. Kasavan Juva join Jason Patraj and the pair consolidated the innings taking the score to 179, a partnership worth 109 runs—completely dominated by Patraj, cutting and driving with elegance as he dispatch the Richmond hill bowlers to all parts of the park. The introduction of Mahendra”Murph”Seeram would see the back of both Patraj (80) (6×4–1×6) and Juva, a well-composed 44 (3×6). The next four wickets fell for 38 runs.
Final score 217 all out in 34.5 overs. Wickets fell at: 1–19 (A. Bakhtiar), 2–36 (N. Basdeo), 3–36 (D. Soraine),4–70 (Z. Khan), 5–179 (J. Patraj), 6–179 (K. Juva), 7–193(J. Mangal) ,8–196 (M. Pakeer), 9–200 (I. Baldeo) , 10–217 (H. Kotak).
Bowling For Richmond Hill: McDonald 7-0-23-3, K. Bux 4-0-31-1, S. Dhaniram 7-1-42-1, R. Batowar 8-0-36-1, D. Seepersaud 2-0-17-1, S. Sadloo 4-0-26-0, and M. Seeram 5.5-1-30-4.
With a asking rate of 6.2 runs an over, Richmond Hill’s season openers Debo Sankar and Imran Ali was back in side watching the proceeding—scorecard 15 for 2. As Sudesh Dhaniram and Wahid Ward, begin to repair the innings. The pair put together a valuable 3-wicket partnership of 154. Dhaniram was at his best smashing anything short, up, or full out of the park—who showed his potential with a blazing fifty giving Richmond Hill hope of chasing the opposition tall total of 218. Wahid Ward chose to anchor the innings and watch from the other-end, as his partner pulverize the Vikings bowlers.
Jason Patraj And Kasavan Juva Thump Richmond Hill.
Sunday T20 match-up: Richmond Hill 143 for 7 in 20 overs – Debo Sankar 67 and Kumar Nandalal 20 not out. Vikings 144 for 1 – Jason Patraj 59 and Kasavan Juva 60 not out