Hooper, Sinclair demolish Upper Corentyne

Eon Hooper (4-32 and 47) and Junior Sinclair (81) were the stars of the day

Junior Sinclair and Eon Hooper yesterday combined to help Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets defeat Upper Corentyne by 116 runs in the Berbice Cricket Board/Pepsi first division 50-overs tournament at the Number 70 ground.

Sinclair struck a belligerent half century while Hooper’s contribution was a four wicket haul and a dashing cameo with the bat.

In other results, Port Mourant and West Berbice also recorded wins in their respective matches.

Batting first on the ground that has not hosted a first-class match in over four years, Rose Hall Town, with four Sinclairs in the playing XI, climbed to 318-8 from 44 overs before limiting Upper Corentyne to 202 all out in 37 overs.

Cousins and national Under-19 players, Junior Sinclair and Kevin Sinclair were once again dominant opening the batting, posting a half century partnership.

Kevin Sinclair smashed six fours and two sixes in 49 while Junior Sinclair blasted six sixes and four fours, bringing up his half century with a six that went out the ground.

He made the top score of 81 while fellow national under-19 teammate, Kevlon Anderson scored 40 with five fours. However, it was a late flourish with Hooper (47) and Jason Sinclair (35) which ensured they reached a defendable total.

D. Budhao was the pick of the bowlers with 3-59.

In reply, Hooper returned with the ball to take 4-32 from nine overs, getting the ball to turn on a dry, dusty wicket.

Jonathan Rampersaud also chipped in with his spin bowling to quickly dismantle the tail. He ended with 3-12.

Rishi Persaud was belligerent at the top of the order, taking the fight to Kevin Sinclair, striking him for three sixes, two of which went out the ground which is surrounded by bushes.

The handful of jubilant spectators were urged on with Persaud also hitting Hooper for two sixes on his way to 56 before delicately edging to Jason Sinclair behind the stumps.

Tameshwar Ramoutar made 35 while Davanand Chatterpaul and Budhao supported with 25 each.

Meanwhile Port Mourant defeated Albion by 76 runs. Andy Mohan stroked 65, Joshua Ramsammy (26) and Lloydel Lewis (25) as Port Mourant reached 245 all out in their 50 overs with Mahendra Chaitnarine taking four wickets. In reply, Lewis returned with the ball to take 4-28 from seven overs and T. Carmichael 5-52 from 9.4 overs to restrict Albion to 169 with Adrian Sukhwah (34) and Antonio February (28) being the main scorers.

West Berbice beat Police by six wickets. Police, batting first, reached 184 all out from 43 overs with Delbert Hicks top scoring with 49 and Khemraj Mahadeo adding 24.

Wendell Bobb took 4-17 with Sherman McPherson 3-23.

In reply, West Berbice coasted to 185-4 in 23 overs. Stephan Adams top scored with 77, McPherson, 68 and Rafeal Estrendo, 33.

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