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