|El Do, Fyzabad claim Schools’ InterCol T20 |
By JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH Sunday, May 12 2013
A CAPTAIN’S performance from Ewart Nicholson saw El Dorado East Secondary retain their coveted Secondary Schools Cricket League Intercol Twenty20 title by a two-wicket margin over Barrackpore West Secondary at Guaracara Park, Point-a-Pierre, on Friday evening.
Choosing to bat first, the south-based team draped in bright pink, piled on a challenging total of 138 for the loss of eight after 20 overs. Dillon Mohammed was Barrackpore West’s best batsman as he got to 33, while Brandon Jaggernauth (26), Quane Ragoonanan (21) and Jeron Maniram (20) also had worthy contributions. Topping the bowling for the boys in blue was Kareem Hamilton, who bagged three for 16 runs. Tevon Jadoo also snatched tow for 18 while captain Nicholson took two for 25.
In their turn at the crease, the defending champions started nicely and lost their first wicket (Kareem Hamilton) for 26 runs. However Nicholson steadied the El Dorado East innings with his top scoring knock of 29. Kyle Lee, Jamalee Johnson and Renaldo Ramoutar also chipped in with 21 runs each.
But the Barrackpore bowlers never gave up and forced Lee to hit the winning run off the penultimate delivery in the final over.
The easterners finished on a victorious 139 for eight as their supporters quickly stormed the field in celebration. The best bowling figures came from Barrackpore captain Keron Kanhai and Mohammed, who both bagged two wickets for 21 runs each in their respective spells.
For his significant contributions with the bat and ball, El Do’s Nicholson was named “Man of the Match”. The Barrackpore West players were visibly upset with the final result but the El Do players showed sportsmanship by hugging their counterparts after the match and thanking them for the nail biting encounter.
In the previous match, the Girls final between Fyzabad Composite and Barrackpore East saw the former lift the 2013 crown in fine style.
Sent into bat, Barrackpore East made 144 runs for the loss of eight after their 20 over duration. Captain Shania Abdool top scored with her knock of 46 while opener Sarada Mahadeo slammed 30. They were the only two bats-women to get within double figures for Barrackpore. Doing most of the damage was Amanda John, who snagged three for 24 while Lilly Surajbally took two for 32. In their turn at the crease, Fyzabad put on a confident batting display by their top-order and raced to winning 147 for five with one over to spare. Openers Karisa Ramkission (38), Alana John (31) and Isabella Levine (28) received the most credit for the batting consistency.
Amanada Nanan was the pick of the bowlers as she took two for 38.
Scores of students stormed the field upon hearing the commentator announce Fyzabad’s victory, as teachers, students, parents and supporters of the school celebrated their well-deserved win.