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Central Sports whip Merryboys

Ewart Nicholson scored his second century of the season


Central Sports led by the veteran Shazan Babwah scored a wonderful nine-wicket victory yesterday over Merryboys as fourth round matches in the TTCB Premiership came to an end.

Central Sports were the only team to record an outright victory in the round, as the other three matches all ended in stalemates. Responding to Merryboys first innings score 176, Central Sports on the back of Kamil Pooran’s century made 309. They then skittled out Merrboys for just 174 in their second essay, as Babwah grabbed four wickets for just 50 runs, to add to his three wickets in the first innings. Central Sports then rocketed to victory reaching 44/1 off just 5.1 overs, as councillor Adrian Ali slapped a quickfire 29 not out.

Meanwhile, T&T Red Force batsmen Ewart Nicholson joined the merry band of century makers, carving out a priceless 105 to join Nicholas Sookdeosingh and Nicholas Alexis who also got centuries yesterday and Yannic Carriah, Kamil Pooran and Leonardo Julien who did it on Saturday.

After Victoria closed their first innings at 315 all out in Barrackpore and PowerGen was struggling in reply until Nicholson held the lower order together in making his second century of the season. Give him good assistance was spinner Jovan Ali with 31 and Jerron Maniram with 25. Andrae Bryce who scored 54 when Victoria batted grabbed 4/26 and former national player Sherwin Ganga took 3/39. Batting a second time Victoria reached 26 without loss.

Across at Clarke Road Sookdeosingh, who spent his entire career at PowerGen, took charge to give his team first innings points against defending champions Queen’s Park Cricket Club. The Parkites had made 280 on the opening day and had Clarke Road reeling at 75/3 at the close but the left hander who started the day on 43 batted well and score 107. He forged a century stand with skipper, the evergreen Gregory Mahabir who scored 81. In between that partnership, Sookdeosingh also had a useful stand with Sean Siloch who made 42. Batting a second time Queen’s Park reached 38 for two when the match was called off as a draw.

Comets took first innings points over QPCC II at the Queen’s Park Oval. Responding to QPCC II first innings of 208, Comets made 237 thanks to an attractive 77 from allrounder Imran Khan. He batted beautifully after securing five wickets when Queen’s Park batted.

Batting a second time, the home team reached 246/9 when the game was called off. Alexis opening the innings made 114 while number three Sherwin Peters got 57.  Kirstan Kallicharan 27 and Joshua DeSilva 25, also continued their good form this season. Khan opened the bowling and continued to star as he grabbed 5/67 – ending the match with 10 wickets.




At the Oval: QPCC II 208 all out (Joshua DeSilva 68, Nicholas Alexis 28, Marlon Barclay 39no, Sherwin Peters 23, Imran Khan 5/76, Rayad Emrit 4/61) & 246/9 (Nicholas Alexis 114, Sherwin Peters 57, Kirstan Kallicharan 27, Joshua DeSilva 25, Imran Khan 5/67) vs Alescon Comets 237 (Imran Khan 77, Andy Gobin 48, Vikash Mohan 45, Philton Williams 4/66, Darren Deonarine 3/50). Match Drawn.


At Felicity : Merryboys 176 (Leonardo Julien 101, Kisoondath Magram 4/41, Shazan Babwah 3/52) & 174 all out (Aniel Kanhai 53, Shazan Babwah 4/50, Kisoondarth Magram 2/43) vs Central Sports 309 (Kamil Pooran 106, Keddy Lesporis 63, Atiba Alert 3/48, Aneil Kanhai 3/42) & 44/1 (Adrian Ali 29no) – Central Sports won by 9 wkts.


At Wilson Rd: QPCC I 280 all out (Yannic Carriah 104, Daron Cruickshank 53, Justin Guillen 39, Kerwyn Sirju 5/102, David Latchya 3/84, Akheel Mollon 2/43) & 38/2 vs Clarke Road  (Nicholas Sookdeosingh 107, Gregory Mahabir 81, Sean Siloch 41, Terrence Hinds 3/46, Khary Pierre 3/47, Jon Russ 3/67). Match drawn.


At Barrackpore: Victoria 315 all out (Garey Mathurin 75, Marcelle Jones 61, Andrae Bryce 54, Ancil Bhaggan 4/90, Jovan Ali 4/57) & 26/0 vs PowerGen 240 (Ewart Nicholson 100, Jovan Ali 31, Jerron Maniram 25, Andrae Bryce 4/26, Sherwin Ganga 3/39) – Match drawn.

(Trinidad Guardian)

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