GCC  crush Everest to lift NBS Trophy

first_imgHALF-centuries from Winston Forrester and Timothy McAlmont propelled the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) to an emphatic 162-run win over the Everest Cricket Club in the final of the New Building Society (NBS) Second-Division 40-over tournament, which culminated last evening under lights at the DCC Ground. The win was the fourth for GCC in the seven years of the Georgetown Cricket Association(GCA)- organised competition.Although the stroke-play by the top order of GCC set the stage, it was the pace of Bernard Bailey early and Ronaldo Alimohamed later in the innings which carried the eventual winners home.Scores in the day/ night game: GCC 260-9 from their 40-overs and Everest 98-9 from 27.3 overs. Due to an ailment, Javed Rasheed did not bat.Forrester led the charge early for GCC, who won the toss and batted. He spanked nine fours for a 68-ball 62.  Fellow opener Martin Pestano-Belle added 32 (2x4s, 1×6) in the opening partnership of 83.After the pair exited, both to excellent catching by Saheed Mohamed, who played with an injured finger, Daniel Seegobin and McAlmont took over the game. McAlmont proved the aggressor early, but aggressive shots by the left-hand, right-hand combination resulted in them building the innings of the match.  They reached 100 runs off 88 balls with both batsmen dominating with an array of strokes.  In total, they added 107 runs, before the right-handed McAlmont fell for 65 from 53 balls in 61 minutes off the bowling of Amir Khan.When Seegobin lost his wicket for 45 (51 balls, 5x4s, 1×6), GCC lost control.Led by medium pacer Travis Mohamed, who took three wickets, Everest clawed their way back by picking off six wickets for 25 runs.Despite giving themselves a chance, Everest could not get on top of the GCC bowlers when their turn in the middle came.Ronaldo Renee (13) and skipper Dwayne Adams (18) added 24 for the opening partnership, but the fall of Renee brought a slide to the Everest batting, one which the side never recovered from.After Bailey removed three of the top four batsmen, including Amir Khan and Manjrekar Bhola (the two batting stars in the semi-finals), victory for Everest became slim to near impossible.Sauid Drepaul, however, kept the Everest fans entertained by turning back the years with a barrage of shots. The former national U19 captain, who returned to his club yesterday after almost two years away from cricket, finished with a top score of 48 after belting six fours and two sixes.  Seven of the Everest batsmen, however, failed to reach double figures, which resulted in the one-sided finish. Bailey ended with 3-31 from eight overs, while Alimohamed took 3-26 from six overs.last_img

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