Enterprise A Win Busta 20/20 Title

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Led by late onslaught from eventual Man-of-the-Match Videsh Lall and a composed unbeaten innings from national all-rounder Zaheer Mohamed, home team Enterprise A Busta Sports Club out-muscled Ogle to win the Busta 20/20 cricket competition in almost darkness on Saturday.

After drawing the bye to the final, the hosts, chasing 130 for victory, achieved the target at 133-6 with three balls to spare. Ogle worked hard to hang in the game, especially with the ball, but the right-hander Lall struck an unbeaten 29, with three boundaries and a six off just nine deliveries, which ultimately proved the turning point.

The hosts did not get off to a good start, losing three wickets in the first ten overs with just 48 runs on the board, before Mohamed and Imran Kulwat (22) added 49 for the fourth wicket.

However, three quick wickets in the death overs created the base for an exciting finish, but Mohamed and Lall quashed any hopes Ogle had of a memorable victory as they achieved the target in the face of a climbing run rate. Mohamed finished unbeaten on 33 off 25 balls, inclusive of three boundaries.

Earlier, Ogle put together a total of 129-9 with dashing batsman Chris Pattadin hitting 55. Pattadin was aggressive from the onset, scoring seven boundaries and a six in his 35-ball knock. He was supported by Wazim Haslim (19) and Tulsiram Baulkarran (18), who were the other batsmen to reached double figures.

Kamesh Yadram was the pick of the bowlers for the winners, picking up 3-13. Mohamed and Vivian Albert clinched two wickets each.

Earlier, Ogle defeated Farifield by four wickets in the lone semi-final. Fairfield batting first made 109-7 in 15 overs with Wazim Mustapha hitting an even 50. In reply, Ogle reached the target in 13.1 overs, Pattadin again among the runs with a top score of 58.

Meanwhile, Managing Director of the Guyana Beverage Company Inc., Robert Selman, and Marketing Manager, Shameiza Yadram, were on hand to witness the day’s proceedings and also assist with the distribution of prizes. The winning team collected $50,000, while the losing finalist pocketed $25,000.

The tournament was sponsored by Guyana Beverage Company Inc.