Smith, Jairam spur Ad­ven­ture to 94-run win over Good Hope XI

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

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

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