Hemraj Steers MYO To Win

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Guyana Times
Guyana Times Staff

An unbeaten 52 from Ryan Hemraj, sup ported by solid middle order batting and a mi serly spell from Raj Nannan, enabled MYO Vikings to a comfortable victory over Transport Sports Club on Saturday in the opening game of a three- match limited overs series between the 2nd Division sides.

The two Georgetown teams are usually involved in thrilling contests that are arranged separately from the Georgetown Cricket Association’s ( GCA) list of scheduled 2nd Division competitions in the city; however there was nothing thrilling at the MYO ground as the hosts won by a whopping 115 runs.

MYO Vikings, fielding six guest players, won the toss and elected to bat on an unpredictable surface and a freshly- cut outfield but were able to amass a formidable 283/ 8 in their allotted 35 overs. After losing a wicket in the first over, skipper Ryan Hemraj and Marcus Watkins took the score to 75/ 1 before a terrible mix- up resulted in both batsmen being stranded in mid- pitch and the latter being run out for 45.

Hemraj eventually retired for 52 but the Vikings innings was further boosted by national middle- order batsman Vishal Singh, who also retired on 46. Shaffiek Ishmael ( two wickets for 62 runs) was the best bowler for TSC, who were restricted to 168 all out after an aggressive start by openers S. Chase ( 24) and D. Whitney ( 33). Shaun Massiah and A. Azeez each contributed 33.

The main wreckers for MYO Vikings were senior inter-county bowler Raj Nannan with four wickets for a miserly 23 runs from seven overs; Linden Cave with four wickets for 59 runs from seven overs and Vivekanand Dalloo, who bagged two wickets for 11 runs from 1.2 overs.

Game two of the series is expected to be played this weekend as both teams aim to utilise the opportunity to get muchneeded match practice for the start of the GCA’s 2011 season, which is expected to start in the next couple of weeks.