OFF spinner Joshua Davis, backed up by some strong fielding led by Chadeon Raymond, helped Fatima College grab their first win of the 2020 PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League Premiership 50-over competition in round three action, on Tuesday.

Fatima defeated Presentation College by 16 runs at Fatima Ground in Port of Spain. After back-to-back losses to start the tournament, Fatima coach Miguel Paty said his team knew the value of the match.

“To be honest the boys knew that this was a must win game to stay in the league. This league this season is very competitive, everybody is fighting to stay up (in the premiership) and to win (the title), so this game is very important for us. It is a home game, we have the home advantage so I am glad the boys made the most of it and were able to come through.”

Chasing 176 for victory on Tuesday, Presentation were in the match with Shem Ascevero and Sanjay Jawahir combining for a solid fourth wicket partnership. After a period where fast bowler Nicholas Elliot kept the Pres batsmen at bay with bounce off the surface, Jawahir struck the fast bowler for a few lusty blows. On one occasion, the strongly built Jawahir also showed his flair as he flicked the ball off his pads for four that fell just inside the long on fence.

Jawahir’s aggression eventually led to his demise as he was well caught by Raymond at long on for 27 off Davis. The pair of Davis and Raymond combined again as Khaleem Mohammed was caught at long on for duck to leave Presentation on 96/5 after 24 overs. Ascevero, who cracked 65, was also caught on the boundary to leave Fatima in control of the contest. Davis, a Form three student, continued to torment the bowlers as the national Under-15 player ended his spell with 4/20 from his ten overs. The Pres batsmen showed some fight at the end, but Raymond and Jeremiah Cruickshank took the final two wickets to dismiss Pres for 159 in 46.3 overs.

Earlier, Fatima scored 175/7 in 50 overs with Zachary Siew hitting 42 and Cruickshank contributed 34. The wickets were shared among the Pres bowlers as Nickyle Jalim (2/30), Jawahir (2/25), Jalen Agard (2/7), Ascevero (2/7) all snatched two wickets.

Paty was satisfied with the effort from his players. “The fielding was a lot better today. Chadeon Raymond was exceptional in the outfield, he took three catches. Young Joshua Davis bowled extremely well and Devin Downie bowled well as well. He was not as successful, but his spell was excellent as well which enabled us to pull the game back and keep us in line for winning it.”

In another match, leaders St Benedict’s College maintained their perfect record with a seven-wicket win over Naparima College. Shiva Boys also made it three wins in as many matches with a three-wicket win over St Mary’s College in a shortened T20 contest because of rain. In the last match of the round, Hillview College eased to a 119-run win over Presentation College, Chaguanas. Round four will be played next Tuesday from 10 am.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Naparima College 85 (26.2 overs) (Ryan Bandoo 20, Jezron Ramjagessar 20; Chris Sadanan 3/15, Crystian Thurton 3/20, Lemuel Matthews 3/21) vs St Benedict’s College (46 overs) 86/3 (15.5 overs) (Chris Sadanan 37 not out, Rodney Sieunarine 24; Jevon George 1/23) St Benedict’s won by seven wickets

Hillview College 208/7 (Anderson Mahase 51, Andy Mahase 49, Shazad Mohammed 37, Andrew Rambaran 23 not out; Adam Furlonge 3/51) vs Presentation College, Chaguanas 89 (Justin Jaggessar 24; Andrew Rambaran 4/13, Ronaldo Forrester 2/7, Al Fayyal Ali 2/19) Hillview won by 119 runs

Fatima College 175/7 (50 overs) (Zach Siew 42, Jeremiah Cruickshank 34, Nickyle Jalim 2/30, Sanjay Jawahir 2/25, Jalen Agard 2/7, Shem Ascevero 2/7) vs Presentation College, San Fernando 159 (46.3 overs) (S Ascevero 65, S Jawahir 27, Joshua Davis 4/20, Chadeon Raymond 1/20) Fatima won by 16 runs

St Mary’s College 120/6 (Leon Basanoo 58, Nick Ramlal 18; Nicholas Ali 3/21, Dillan Jagmohan 2/12) vs Shiva Boys Hindu College 123/7 (19.3 overs) (Lorenzo Loubon 47, Damian Joachim 21; Joshua James 2/10) Shiva Boys won by three wickets

UMPIRES claimed sweet revenge against the Rebels team of ex-national players in their annual T20 cricket grudge match last Friday under lights at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.

The Umpires team won the match handsomely by 48 runs after winning the toss and electing to bat, scoring 164 for the loss of four wickets. In reply, the Rebels were restricted to 138 for seven.

The match was dominated by the individual all-round brilliance of Denzil James whose undefeated knock of 92 earned him Man-of-the-Match, Best Batsman and Best Bowler awards.

His innings comprised five boundaries and two maximums off just 60 balls and he shared an entertaining 137-run partnership with Christopher Lennard who made 44 with two fours and one big strike over the boundary rope.

The best bowling performance from Rebels came from Anderson Nesbitt who grabbed two for 14 in two overs.

In their run chase, Hezron Ramcharitar slammed 39 with a pair of fours and sixes off 31 balls, and Junior Maxwell hit a run-a-ball 37 with three boundaries and one maximum.

However, it was not enough to enable their team to retain the Parasram Singh-Kelvin Williams Challenge Trophy which they won last year.

James, after his scintillating knock, returned with the ball for Umpires to take two wickets for 26 runs in four overs, while Chris Pattia got two for 27, and Marlon Richards, the national player, claimed two for 26.

In attendance at the match was first vice-president of the TT Cricket Board Arjoon Ramlal who commended both Singh, the past president of the TT Umpires Council, and Williams, national women's team coach for organising the match which is now an annual affair.

HUNDREDS flocked to the Daren Ganga Recreation Ground in Barrackpore on Saturday afternoon to see the former and current West Indies cricket stars in the Daren Ganga Foundation Charity T20 match. They left satisfied with Brian Lara, Dwayne Bravo and Ganga all entertaining.

The Brian Lara XI won by one wicket over the Daren Ganga XI. The result means after four charity matches, the series is now squared 2-2.

Scores of children, who would have been too young to witness Lara and Ganga in the prime of their careers, rushed to take photographs and get autographs from the former Windies batsmen after the match.

“I think both teams competed well, I think the spectators were treated to great entertainment with ball and bat...we had a really great day playing cricket. It happens in the game sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,” Ganga said.

Ganga thanked former West Indies players Lara, Rajindra Dhanraj, Dinanath Ramnarine, returning player Dwayne Bravo and the current West Indies Women’s pair of Reniece Boyce and Anisa Mohammed for spending the day with him. He also thanked both teams, saying, “All those cricketers who played alongside us, who contributed to the foundation, it was greatly appreciated and we welcome you next year again.”

Lara said, “You look at the crowd and you see how amazing the people from Barrackpore came out to support, so the real winners is definitely the Daren Ganga Foundation.” Batting first, Ganga struck 34 and Richard Ramreka also made 34 as the Ganga XI posted 123/9 in 20 overs. Karrel Bissoon (2/2) and Sham Singh (2/16) both took two wickets for the Lara XI. 

In reply, Lara XI were three wickets down with less than 20 on the board, but Bravo slammed an aggressive 43 to put the team back in control.

The Lara XI kept losing wickets and were 81/6 after ten overs. The only chance for the Ganga XI to win was by bowling out the Lara XI as the latter were always ahead of the run rate.

The fans got some excitement as two run outs in the 18th over, including Lara, meant the score read 122/9. Dominic Edwards showed confidence when he came to the middle lashing a six as Lara XI closed on 129/9 in 18.1 overs.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Daren Ganga XI 123/9 (20 overs) (Daren Ganga 34, Richard Ramreka 34; Karrel Bissoon 2/2, Sham Singh 2/16) vs Brian Lara 129/9 (18.1 overs) (Dwayne Bravo 43, Brian Lara 43, Keval Ragbir 2/14, Dinanath Ramnarine 2/27) Lara XI won by one wicket

THE number 74 is probably Cephas Cooper’s favourite number, as he struck that figure again on day two of the final TT Red Force trial match,at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain,Couva, before the Cricket West Indies Four-Day Regional Tournment bowls off, on Thursday.

Cooper’s knock took Red Force Team B to 283/9 at the close of the day, a lead of 98 runs on first innings. Resuming the day on 27/1, Cooper and Kyle Hope had a solid second wicket partnership that laid the foundation for the team’s response.

Cooper’s innings lasted 146 balls and included 13 fours and one six. It was the second time Cooper made 74 over the past week, as he slammed 74 off 139 balls in the Koyash Enterprises/TT Cricket Board North-South Classic that concluded on Monday.

Hope was dismissed for 61 off 99 deliveries and Marlon Richards contributed a quick 54 off 52 balls (five fours, three sixes) batting at number ten.

Bowling for Team A, spin bowler Kissoondath Magram had a busy day as he snatched 5/73 in 23 overs and medium pacer Odean Smith took 2/52.

The third and final day of the trial match will start at 10 am, on Sunday.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Red Force Team A 185 (Isaiah Rajah 81 not out, Mark Deyal 43; Uthman Muhammed 4/37, Marlon Richards 3/30, Yannic Cariah 2/14) vs Red Force Team B 283/9 (Cephas Cooper 74, Kyle Hope 61, M Richards 54; Kissoondath Magram 5/73, Odean Smith 2/52)

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