Hom­raj spurs New York/Tri State XI to vic­tory

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

A 22-ball 69 from opener Ak­shay Hom­raj spurred the New York/Tri State XI (NY) to a six-wicket vic­tory over the Ge­orge­town Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (GCA) Se­lect XI in the one-off, T20 match at the De­mer­ara Cricket Club ground yes­ter­day.

Win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, GCA XI man­aged just 130-7 from their 20 overs while NY fin­ished off a suc­cess­ful chase with a mas­sive six to close on 135-4 with an over to spare.

The fans turned out in their num­bers to wit­ness the match and Ever­est all­rounder, Ariel Tilku bat­ting at six, gave them their money’s worth.

Tilku smashed four bound­aries and a six on his way to a fight­ing 43 be­fore miss­ing a quicker one that skid­ded into his stumps from off spin­ner Ray­mond Ram­rat­tan, break­ing a 50run part­ner­ship An­thony An­to­nio.

An­to­nio soon fol­lowed for 19 but it was an 18-run cameo from Ever­est’s Ray­naldo Mo­hamed that pushed GCA XI to a com­pet­i­tive to­tal.

Travis Ross, Gotham Ravin­dran and Travis Ross picked up two wick­ets each.

How­ever, with Hom­raj spared no bowler. He took a par­tic­u­lar lik­ing to left arm ortho­dox spin­ner Mo­hamed, whom he struck for 23 runs in the eighth over, in­clud­ing three of his five sixes.

Ross added sup­port with 21 but it was all done and dusted de­spite Wayne Bollers ef­forts that even­tu­ally earned him 2-19.

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