Ricardo Adams on Saturday blasted a half century to guide Police to a five-wicket upset win over tournament favourites the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), in the Georgetown Cricket Assoc-iation (GCA)/ Carib Beer T20 semifinals at the Demerara Cricket Club Ground (DCC) in Queens-town.
Adams blasted an unbeaten 68 which included seven fours and six sixes to take Police to its target of 162 in 17.5 overs.
Adams batted freely after entering the crease with Police in trouble at 14-2. He got his momentum flowing with several singles but later began to open up his arms to help his team score at the required rate which was just more than eight runs per over. He was severe against ‘chinaman’ bowler, Totaram Bishun, taking 14 runs off his only over of the match.
In the 17th over Adams brought up his half century with a gigantic six off Trevon Griffith that landed on the roof of a neighbouring house. He followed it up with a boundary but was fortunate to survive the next ball after he was caught off a no ball.
Adams, whose innings lasted 36 deliveries, was supported by Troy Benn 24 and Royan Fredericks 18 (3×4). Bowling for DCC, Andre Stoll was the most effective bowler with 2-35 from 3.5 overs.
DCC, who batted after they had won the toss scored 161-8 off their allotted overs with Christopher Barnwell (42), Dennis Squires (37) and Griffith 24 being the principal scorers. Bowling for Police, Adams took 2-9 from four overs while Trevor Benn, Seion Daniels and Jason Hyliger also took two wickets each.
In the first semifinals of the day, Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) defeated Guyana National Industrial Corporat-ion (GNIC) by six wickets to qualify for the final. GNIC won the toss and elected to bat to be bowled out for 130 in 20 overs, with Ranole Bourne (40) and Mark Nicholas the main scorers. Pacer, Bernard Bailey, led GCC attack, picking up 3-18 while Chidanand Shivram and Leon Johnson took two wickets each.
In reply GCC reached 131-4 in 19.3 overs, with Johnson remaining unbeaten on 32 (2×6, 1×4) after Robin Bacchus (37) and Martin Pestano-Belle (24) had earlier added 53 for the first wicket partnership.