Balgobin’s half century sees Everest U17 to victory

Ushardiva Balgobin

A half century from Everest Cricket Club’s Ushardiva Balgobin was enough to see his under-17 side hand Malteenoes Sports Club under-17 a 106-run defeat on Saturday at Everest in the Georgetown Cricket Association Friends of Cricket under-17 tournament.

In their first win from five tries, Everest won the toss and elected to bat first, piling on 171-8 in their allotted 47 overs while Malteenoes only managed 65 in 37.3 overs.

Anthony Khan and Varun Mangal fell cheaply to Matthew Jupiter and Akeem Critchlow respectively but Yugishter Persaud and skipper, Raynaldo Mohammed countered with a pair of useful cameos. Persaud faced 59 balls for 23 runs in his watchful innings to set the foundation for Balgobin’s assault.

The Mae’s Secondary School student blasted six sixes and two boundaries in his innings that started off slow but shifted gears in the death period, eventually falling for 53 to the hands of spinner, Wayne Bollers who troubled most of the Everest batsmen.

Aaron Beharry was the only other batsman to reach double figures, scoring 16 before Kester McAllister accounted for his wicket. Bollers finished with 4-38 from 10 overs. In the chase, Everest were very sloppy with the ball, giving away 49 extras as only McAllister managed to reach double figures with 10 runs.

Beharry returned to bag three scalps, finishing with 3-6 from 8.3 overs.

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