The Trinidad Guardian / PowerGen Cricket Club facing demotion in the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Premiership Division I League competition, lost first innings points over another relegation threatened team QPCC II at Syne Village in Penal, yesterday as matches in the final round got underway.
PowerGen made a paltry 130 for nine batting first with Aaron Jones 29 and Teshwan Castro 27 among the runs. The two put on 55 for the first wicket before N Seupaul with five wickets triggered a spectacular collapse that saw PowerGen losing nine wickets for 75 runs.
PowerGen fought back well to dismiss Queen’s Park II for 184 with Jonathan Augustus scoring a fine 73 and Sherwin Peters 33. Left-arm orthodox spinner Kavesh Kantasingh took five for 47 for PowerGen, while West Indies player Samuel Badree nabbed two for 57 and Ancil Bhaggan three for 49. Batting a second time PowerGen closed on five runs for one wicket.
Defending champion QPCC I playing against Victoria at the Queen’s Park Oval made 214 batting first. The host got 71 from Yannic Carriah, 53 from Darren Bravo and 56 from Nicholas Pooran. Andrae Bryce opening the bowling for Victoria took 5/33.
Challengers for title Alescon Comets seemed as if they can run away with it as they were 160 for five, at the close of a rain affected day against Merryboys. Play started 20 minutes after tea and the Charlieville Boys batted well. Guyanese Chris Barnwell made 52 to lead to the way for Comets.
Central Sports will be hoping they can bowl out Clarke Road cheaply when play resumes this morning, so it can bat a second time and score some quick runs and the look to bowl the opposition out as they look to go past Comets. Going into the round they were 14 points behind. Yesterday, they scored 256 all out batting first against Clarke Road with Kamil Pooran scoring 53, Kjorn Ottley 50 and Al Small 45, Akheel Mollon four for 61 and Yannick Ottley four for 61 kept them honest. Clarke Road responded with 86 for three when stumps were drawn for the day.
At Syne Village: PowerGen 130/9 dec (Aaron Jones 29, Teshawn Castro 27, N Seupaul 5/49, Dominic Drakes 2/20, Darren Deonarine 2/40) & 5/1 vs QPCC II 184 all out (Jonathan Augustus 73, Sherwin Peters 33, Kavesh Kantasingh 5/47, Samuel Badree 2/57, Ancil Bhaggan 3/49)
At the Oval: QPCC I 214 all out (Yannic Carriah 71, Nicolas Pooran 56, Darren Bravo 53, Andrae Bryce 5/33, Viokash Rampersad 2/31, Garey Mathurin 2/57) vs Victoria 72/3.
At Felicity: 256 (Kamil Pooran 53, Kjorn Ottley 50, Al Small 45, Akheel Mollon 4/61, Yannick Ottley 4/61) vs Clarke Road 86/3 (Yannick Ottley 52, Nicholas Sookdeosingh 24no).
At Diego Martin: Alescon Comets 160/5 (Chris Barnwell 52, Vikash Mohan 29, Andy Gobin 23, Imran Khan 20no) Merryboys.