Transport Wins Division 2 Trophy
Transport Sports Club (TSC) completed a comfortable 8-wicket win over Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) just before the tea interval yesterday, and in the process captured the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) jointly sponsored Raymond Panday/Cummings Electrical 2-day Second Division title.
Playing at the DCC ground in Queenstown, Georgetown, the visitors were set a modest 41 for victory from a maximum of 36 overs. They duly rushed to 42-2 by the ninth over. Lively pacer Jermaine Horatio gave TSC a brief scare with the new ball, his hostility proving too much for both openers who departed in quick succession.
However, the inform Marc Nicholson kept his composure and sealed the win with an unbeaten 28, which counted four fours and a six, while Horatio finished with 2-27 from four overs.
Earlier, TSC resumed (yesterday) on 235-8 after they had bowled out the hosts for a paltry 123. They eventually tallied 256, thanks to a man-of-the-match 88 from Shafiek Ishmael.
When DCC batted the second time, they showed more determination at the crease scoring 172, led by an aggressive 72 from Kevin George, who slammed five fours and three sixes. He got support from Glawyn Brandis with 27 as Azim Azeeze and Ishmael grabbed three wickets each, while Ryan Jones nabbed 2-31.
At the presentation ceremony, the winning team received $ 75,000 and a trophy, while the runners-up took home a trophy and $ 40,000. Ishmael collected a trophy for his all- round effort. Several outstanding players were also the recipients of prizes for bowling and batting performances throughout the competition.
President of the GCA, Alfred Mentore, in his brief remarks, thanked the sponsors for coming on board, while he congratulated the victorious team. Co-sponsor Bish Panday spoke on behalf of the other sponsor (Cummings Electrical). He stated that they were very happy to sponsor the tournament, which he felt was well organized. He also congratulated the winning team.
Panday also took the opportunity to say that Guyana’s cricket is not without its challenges and they hope that by investing in this competition, it will play a part to initiate the revival of the game. He further stated that GCA has the responsibility to aid in this revival and from his perspective, the GCA boss and his team are conscious of their responsibilities.