Naipaul Ayana slammed 154 runs to lead the Yakusari Caribs to victory over the Mibicuri Strikers in their latest Zone L (Central Corentyne/Black Bush Polder) preliminary match when the New Building Society (NBS) Second Division 40-Over Cricket Competitions continued recently.
Ayana, who opened the game, was still not out when his century and a half, inclusive of five fours and 16 sixes, spearheaded the Caribs to victory. Chasing 281 on their home turf, the Mibicuri Strikers found it hard to bring in runs as Ramesh Ayana exploited his off-spin bagging four wickets for five. He was followed by Califa Pooran 3-22 and top scorer Dwayson Watson’s 26 was useless. Mibicuri found themselves all out for 72 in 19 overs.
The Strikers bagged a second defeat on their home ground when they came up against the Young Adventurers at Mibicuri. With the bowling of Kemraj Paltu (2-32) and former West Indies female cricketer, Erva Giddings (2-17) Adventurers were restricted to 170 in 34 overs. Top scorers Brentnol Bourne and Vincent Peters scored 30 and 27 runs respectively.
Under the bowling Vaughn Dean (4-4), Adrian Dean (2-12) and Bisnauth Jhappan (2-20) the Strikers could only muster 89 in 15.2 overs, despite a fighting 31 from Dwayson Watson.
In Zone E (Canje/New Amsterdam), both Young Warriors and Canefield won their latest preliminary matches to end up tied on top of the zone. But with only space for one, by virtue of having the better run rate the Warriors were given the right to advance to the play-offs.
At Cumberland, Devanand Cyril stoked in a half-century (61) and Danesh Gopaul copped 40 as Warriors Hubern Evans (4-25) and Linden Austin (3-30) restricted the Young and Restless team to 170 in 30 overs. A replying half-century from Anil Beharry (59) along with Shimron Hetmyer’s 41 had the Warriors responding sufficiently with 174-4 in 24.4 overs. Top bowler Vedesh Singh bagged 2-31.
At Rose Hall in Canje, Canefield owed their triumph to the half-century (67) of Makesh Latchman which left them at 158 when they ended their innings in 31.3 overs, assisted by 27 from Leon Sunthgolam. Canefield defeated the Mental Hospital by a 47 runs advantage, when score was later defended as Sunthgolam (4-12) was trailed by Satesh Rupai (3-26) and Khemraj Sumair (2-29). Mental Hospital were dismissed for 111 in 21 overs.
Charles Grimmond earned the right as best player for Mental Hospital when he bagged (4-19) then returned to contribute 46 runs.
Half-centuries from Vishal Bejai (87) and Pooran Ramjattan (56) along with 36 from Ravi Gossai and 35 from Amit Balkarran led Bath Development Centre to 273-5 in 30 overs, gaining a 115 runs win against Number Eight.
Number Eight’s Charles Pluck grabbed 2-45 but was topped when Bath’s Tulsiepersaud Surujballi copped 4-20 along with Vishal Bajai (2-27). Number Eight could only squeeze 158 in 27.2 overs.
Vishwanauth Lallbeharry had a 5-wicket haul for Number 69 Vikings in a losing effort.
At Seafield, Rainbow Generation beat Bath Aditya by 9 wickets. Bath Aditya made 88 in 24 overs with Terrence McKenzie 3-13, Wayne Fraser 2-19 and Tyson Carmichael 2- 27. Rainbow Generation covered the target with 90-1 in 8 overs with top scorer Jermaine Skeet not out for 56.
At Number 69, Number 70 Lalman beat Number 69 Vikings by one wicket. Number 69 Vikings made 105 in 32 overs with Bheem Singh and Omesh Khemraj taking four wickets a piece. Number 70 Lalman replied with 106-9 in 32.4 overs with Bheem Singh 25 and bowler Vishwanauth Lallbeharry seeing returns at 5-31.
At Lovely Lass in West Berbice, Achievers beat Bush Lot Sports Complex by 6 wickets. Bush Lot Sports Complex made 116 in 30.2 overs with Gerald Moonsammy 26, Andrew Dennis 3-17, and Raun Johnson 2-32. Achievers made 118 for 4 in 20 overs with Raffel Estriado 48and Javed Saywack 2-25.