Alves Helps Transport Level Series
Transport Sports Club (TSC), thanks to an unbeaten hundred from Stephen Alves, rebounded well from their 115-run defeat a week ago to level the 3-match series with a 45-run win over hosts MYO Vikings on Saturday.
Alves smashed 5 sixes and 12 fours in his even hundred, while Q. Bremner made a clinical 91 as TSC, choosing to bat first, reached 279 for 9 off the allotted 35 overs. MYO, in reply, could only manage 234 despite sober batting from vice-captain Vivekanand Dalloo, who made 92. Earlier, Alves, who was dropped 4 times, and the veteran Bremner shared in a 179-run fourth wicket partnership after TSC found themselves floundering on 26 for 3 after 5 overs. Bremner, who was the aggressor, hit 5 sixes and 8 fours. There were 2 wickets each for off-spinner Ganesh Dyal and fast bowler Nicholas Joseph.
Vivekanand Dalloo, who played with a mixture of good timing and measured aggression, and Captain Ryan Hemraj, put together 88 runs for the second wicket as MYO looked on course, but Hemraj failed to capitalise on his start of 34 as he was out caught on the boundary with the score on 103 for 2. Dalloo’s chanceless innings included 10 fours and 4 sixes, but was ended by a spark of brilliance on the long-off boundary from young Wayne Yansen, who held on to a swirling catch while running towards the boundary fence.
Batting at number 10, Linden Cave seemed intent on single-handedly reaching the target, but was left unbeaten on 37. A. Macy was the best bowler for TSC with returns of three wickets for 14 runs off four disciplined overs, while I. Pooran, D. Whitney and S. Chase picked up two wickets a piece.
The third game of the series, which has now peaked in interest following the series levelling match on Saturday, is expected to be played this weekend at the MYO ground on Woolford Avenue. Umpires will call play at 10: 00 hrs.
Meanwhile, in another practice match on Sunday, MYO defeated Gandhi Youth Organization by 35 runs to end their weekend on a winning note. Middle order batsman Marcus Watkins was the hero for the winners with 107 retired.