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QRC cricket celebrates 1972 Intercol win

The trinidad Guardian / St Mary’s College (CIC) alum Justice Prakash Moosai will deliver the feature address when a Queen’s Royal College (QRC) cricket team, calling themselves the Royal 72 Champions, remembers a famous Intercol victory.

The event, originally scheduled to come off from 7 pm on November 18 in the QRC Gymnasium, has now been moved to the Harvard Club on Serpentine Road in St Clair.

With St Mary’s chasing 151 for victory and on 103 for 5 overnight, Moosai (10) and Randy Gomes (20) were the not out batsmen. St Mary’s would therefore, have fancied their chances of cruising to a fairly rapid victory.

In the event, it was all over in just over half an hour but the Royalians had flipped the script.

Skipper Afzal Mohammed (3 for 32) and left-arm seamer Ravi Maharaj (3 for 13) proved too much for the CIC batsmen, who managed only 16 more runs.

In the final, QRC defeated Fatima, who had accounted for defending champions Progressive in the other semi-final. Waaz Hosein, a left-arm finger- spinner, was the destroyer in this game, twice threatening to take a hat-trick.

He finished with figures of 6 for 40 as Fatima, seemingly well on course to earn at least a draw, collapsed from 147 for 4 to be all out for 152 in pursuit of QRC’s 259.

Recently retired Guardian Sports Editor Valentino Singh was a junior member of the winning QRC squad.

It was, a March 1972 Guardian report says, his catch at short-leg to dismiss the then 16-year-old Fatima skipper Colin Murray that precipitated the dramatic Fatima slide to defeat.

Murray will be among the invited guests as will his cousin former QRC captain and West Indies vice-captain Deryck Murray and CIC 1972 captain Frank Stone. Multiple world record-holder Brian Lara is also expected to address the gathering, at which tribute will be paid to the four members of the 13-member QRC squad who have passed on in the 45 years since the team’s dramatic win.

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