Smith, Jairam spur Adventure to 94-run win over Good Hope XI
Ramkumar Jairam and Seon Smith smashed 67 and 53 respectively to see Adventure piling on 183-7 in 10 overs while dismissing Good Hope XI in seven overs for only 89 runs in the fourth round of the Guyana Softball League Unity Cup.
Jairam clobbered eight sixes while Smith played spectator but when given the chance was equally aggressive, stroking four sixes of his own in his team’s victory during the Upper East Coast leg of the competition.
In the same district, Cane Grove defeated Helena Stars by 5 wickets after Avinash Singh’s 42 saw them piling up 113-7 at the end of their allotted overs with Mahesh Boodram who was expensive but picked up key wickets finishing on 3-32 from his two overs.
In reply, Cane Grove coasted to the total with an over to spare. Onkar Narine anchored the innings with a composed 47 inclusive of five fours while Morris Jones added 40 to the total.
Also in the day’s play, Unity Farmers were unable to stop Unstoppable who cruised to an eight wicket win. Farmers were dismissed for 93 with Sean Bristol bagging 4-29 while Kumar Persaud led the chase with a knock of 40.
In the Lower East Coast/ Georgetown/ East Bank/Linden zone. Enforcers got the better of Warriors in the battle of the two Success teams, winning by six wickets. Warriors could only manage 117-7 in their 10 overs with Hemchand John notching up a fine half century but with small cameos from the middle order of the Enforcers, they were able to walk out the victors. Success Youths were schooled by Farm XI in a (Reuters) - Justify won the Belmont Stakes in New York yesterday to claim U.S. thoroughbred racing’s coveted Triple Crown, becoming just the second horse to achieve the feat since 1978 and the 13th overall.
The favoured three-year-old chestnut colt seized an early lead he never relinquished as he stormed around the 1.5 mile (12-furlong) course in two minutes 28.18 seconds for the wire-to-wire win at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
The 24-1 long-shot Gronkowski battled from the back of the pack to cross the line second, almost two lengths behind Justify, while the 5-1 Hofburg finished third amid overcast but dry conditions.
The victory marks the second Triple five wicket loss, only managing 60 runs with Rawle Reid taking 4-17 in two overs.
Diesel XI fell 29 runs short against Speedboat who posted 122-5 in their allotted overs however Marics XI came closer but nevertheless suffered the same faith, losing by five runs at the hands of VP Squad.
Rangers suffered the defeat of the day in the West Demerara zone, going down by 39 runs by Unknown Squad.
Bar-B-Q XI turned the tables on Unknown Squad, beating them by 24 runs while VR All Stars defeated Rangers by eight wickets. In the New Amsterdam/Canje zone Edinburgh posted 109-4 to defeat New Amsterdam Rising Stars by 16 runs with the overs running out while Rotterdam defeated Angoy’s Avenue by 62 runs. Crown win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who also won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes with American Pharoah in 2015.
“This never gets old,” an emotional Baffert said after the race.
“American Pharoah, he’ll always be my first love. For this horse to do it for (jockey) Mike Smith, he deserved something like this. It feels pretty good.”
Baffert said Justify was simply the best horse at the track on Saturday.
“He could have won every race on the undercard today, he’s just that kind of horse.”
The large and muscular Justify, owned by China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing & WinStar