Ali-Mo­hammed blitz de­stroys Ace War­riors

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

A 17-ball 62 by Ron­aldo Ali-Mo­hammed flat­tened Ace War­riors at the Gandhi Youth Or­gan­i­sa­tion ground on Satur­day as the Ge­orge­town Cricket Club (GCC) raced to a fivewicket win in the Ge­orge­town Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion/New Build­ing So­ci­ety Sec­ond Divi­sion 40-overs tour­na­ment.

Bat­ting first, Ace War­riors were all out for 142 in 30.5 overs while GCC re­quired only 18 overs to reach their tar­get of 143, los­ing five wick­ets along the way.

GCC were in a spot of bother los­ing Martin Pes­tano-Belle with the score on 17 but re­cov­ered with Ti­mothy McAl­mont join­ing Mar­lon Per­saud to put on 52 for the sec­ond wicket. Per­saud was bowled by Clayon Hal­ley for 17 which in­cluded two boundaries to bring AliMo­hammed to the crease.

Ali-Mo­hammed in his first game since re­turn­ing from the Guyana team that par­tic­i­pated in the Cricket West Indies Re­gional Su­per50 tour­na­ment blasted six fours and six sixes straight down the ground.

His in­nings was par­tic­u­larly bru­tal on Hal­ley, whom he dis­patched for 17 and 26 in suc­ces­sive overs, forc­ing the cap­tain to exit the bowl­ing at­tack as he was launched to all parts of the neigh­bour­ing trench and into the Tu­to­rial High School.

Dur­ing his in­nings, AliMo­hammed saw just two dot balls and two sin­gles with the rest com­ing in boundaries.

Speak­ing with Stabroek Sport, Ali-Mo­hammed said he came out with a point to prove with the Guyana cap­tain, Leon John­son among the spec­ta­tors. AliMo­hammed com­mented that the bowl­ing was like that of bat­ting in the nets.

Ali-Mo­hammed was na­tional youth play­ers Sachin Singh (1), Al­phius Bookie (5) Joshua Per­saud (4) and Ash­mead Nedd (12) all failed.

Per­saud, bowl­ing his off­spin, was the chief wick­et­taker and got sup­port from Leon Le­cock (325), Trevon France (2-32) and Keis­han Singh (2-24).

GYO in re­sponse, wob­bled a bit af­ter they were re­duced to 61 – 5 with Nedd (2-20) and Qu­mar Tor­ring­ton (2-20) mak­ing early in­roads. sup­ported by McAl­mont who was happy to give AliMo­hammed the strike but was also bru­tal, scor­ing 35, in­clu­sive of six fours. McAl­mont was lucky to be dropped on 34 af­ter the two field­ers col­lided straight down the ground.

Only Me­qial Parks showed some form with the ball, tak­ing 2-10 from his two overs in­clud­ing the wick­ets of Ali-Mo­hammed who was bowled and Gavin Singh who was trapped leg be­fore wicket.

Ear­lier, Ace War­riors were given a golden start as Rawl En­more and Murt­land Ward shared an open­ing stand of 50, scor­ing 20 and 28 re­spec­tively. How­ever, Bernard Bai­ley and Singh blew away the top or­der as only Parks with 19 and Daven­dra Lall with 20 not out showed any in­ten­tion of bat­ting long.

Singh ended with 3-37 while Bai­ley, Chetram Per­saud and Stephon Wil­son com­pli­mented with two wick­ets each.

Per­saud, none­the­less, held his com­po­sure and smartly saw his side home – 110 for 7 – by stroking left-arm spin­ner Keanu Harry over cover for three con­sec­u­tive sixes to gift his team an ex­cit­ing low-scor­ing three-wicket win.

Mean­while, the con­test be­tween the Univer­sity of Guyana (UG) and GNIC was aban­doned with­out a ball be­ing bowl due to a wet pitch.

Dar­shan Per­saud recorded a bril­liant ef­fort with both bat and ball to see his side past de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons DCC

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