Strath Avon Defeats Golden Grove
National First-Class player Chanderpaul Hemraj was productive with both bat and ball as he led Strathavon to a winning start to this year’s Busta 20/20 cricket competition, organised by the Enterprise Busta Sports Club (EBSC).
Four other teams recorded victories last weekend to advance to the second round of the competition, which is for teams on the East Coast of Demerara.
Recording victories in the opening round were Strathavon, Ogle, Lusignan, Fairfield and Enterprise ‘A’, while the Enmore and Enterprise ‘B’ match was called off due to a damp wicket at Enterprise.
The left-handed Hemraj, with five first-class games to his name, was in imperious form, hitting a solid 59 not out, while G Sugrim stroked 55 and G Hemraj 36 in Strathavon’s 188 all out. O Gardner picked up 2-13 for Golden Grove, who responded with 130 all out.
Hemraj, the 20-year-old former West Indies Under-19 player, completed a fine all-round effort, snaring 3-22, while O Blair top-scored with 29 not out and R. Woolford and T. Gardner made 26 apiece.
Ogle defeated Better Hope by 30 runs after making 120-9 with K Dindyal making 37 and C Patadin 20. J. Manna took 2-25 and R Singh nabbed 2-19 for Better Hope, who responded with 90 all out with A Joseph being the chief destroyer with 5-23 and S Ramkellawan taking 2-18.
Lusignan prevailed by 11 runs over Buxton after posting 113 all out with S Alick scoring 25 and S Ali 20, while D Benjamin took 3-16, O Ferrel 2-12 and C Glen 2-28.
Despite a fighting 37 from Clive Andries and 19 from Ferrel, Buxton folded for 102 with S Ramdass bagging 4-7.
In a low-scoring thriller, Fairfield toppled Bravado by 26 runs. Fairfield, batting first, scored 88 with R Chatura hitting 18 and A Cudley getting 4-22. In reply, Bravado were dismissed for 62 with E Gilley making 33 and R Chatura returning to pick up 3-7.
In the other match in the first round, Enterprise ‘A’ got the better of Unity by seven wickets. Imran Hassan topscored with 63 and D Mangal made 34 in Unity’s 139-4.
Videsh Lall claimed 3-21 for Enterprise ‘A’, who replied with 140-3, with Brijanand Singh making 65 and national all-rounder Zaheer Mohamed an unbeaten 44.
The competition will continue this Saturday with round two, followed by one semi-final and the final on Sunday at the Enterprise Busta Sports Club ground.
On Saturday, Enmore and Enterprise ‘B’ will play their game at 09:30h at the Enterprise ground, followed by Enterprise ‘A’ versus Strathavon from 13:00h at the same venue. The winner of the Enmore/Enterprise ‘B’ game will face hosts Ogle at 13:00h, while Lusignan and home team Fairfield will square off at 13:00h .
According to coordinator of the tournament, Jowharilall Jitlall, based on Saturday’s results, a team will draw the bye to the final, fixed for Sunday from 13:30h. The semi-final to determine the other finalist will be played at 09:30h.
The champion team will pocket $50,000, while the runner-up will collect $25,000. The competition is being sponsored exclusively by Guyana Beverage Company, under its Busta soft drink brand.