Former West Indies players Ramnaresh Sarwan and Leon Johnson won the Georgetown Cricket Club fund raising Double wicket competition with an emphatic display of stroke play in the final yesterday at the GCC ground, Bourda.
The pair of Sarwan and Johnson representing GCC defeated the GNIC’s pair of Esaun Crandon and Krishna Arjune by four runs in an entertaining final watched by an appreciative crowd including President of the Georgetown Cricket Club, former Guyana and West Indies captain Roger Harper.
Batting first, Sarwan/Johnson pair amassed 43-1 off their allotted overs with Sarwan top scoring with 30 runs which included three sixes and one four while Johnson scored 11.
In reply, Arjune/Crandon made a spirited reply of 39 without loss with Arjune being not out on 18 and Crandon unbeaten on 14.
The winning pair took home a Trophy, $100,000 and two medals while the runners up secured $50,000, a Trophy and two medals.
The semi-finals also provided intense action as Sarwan/Johnson pair edged out GCC ‘B’ by virtue of losing fewer wickets after their encounter ended in a tie with both teams scoring 26 runs.
Johnson was again in command with an entertaining 18 runs. In the other semi-final matchup, GNIC pair of Crandon/Arjune won by 21 runs.
GNIC scored 35 for 1 with Crandon hitting 15. MYO replied with 14-2.
Sarwan was named best batman for scoring 79 runs in the tournament while Johnson was voted best bowler for taking five wickets.
Other prizes went to Arjune who was declared best all-rounder while Winston Forrester took the best catch.
GCA President Harper lauded the GCC for organizing the tournament and encouraged other clubs to organize similar ventures.
Jameel Baksh, GCC Secretary said that the tournament was a success with 16 teams taking part in the day’s activities.
He thanked club members, participating teams, sponsors and members of the media for supporting the tournament and indicated that plans are in place for a similar tournament soon.