(PRESS RELEASE) — The Honourable Ezechiel Joseph, National Lotteries Authority Babonneau Super 40 Overs Cricket Competition bowled off on Sunday February 17th,2019 with two matches.
In a Group A encounter played at the Des Barras Playing Field, Des Barras defeated their arch-rivals and nemeses, Touring United by 3 wickets thanks mainly to 55 by veteran Alloysious Sydney and very good all-round effort by Bronte Best – 2 for 38 with the ball, and 31 not out with the bat.
The match was reduced to 30 overs because of a late start. Des Barras won the toss and invited Touring to bat first. Touring amassed 210 for 7. Alvin Lafeuille, a former national player, was belligerent at the end, finishing with 76 (6 sixes, 7 fours). Teenager Ackeem Auguste scored a patient 33 at the top of the order. Bowling for Des Barras, Marvin Volney with 2 for 26 from 4 overs and Bronte Best were the main wicket takers.
Chasing 211 for victory, Des Barras started briskly thanks to an aggressive 35 with 2 fours and 3 sixes by captain Alex Joseph at the top of the order. However, wickets were lost quickly, and Des Barras were struggling at 103 for 6 after 20 overs. A 95-run seventh-wicket partnership between Sydney who scored and Best steadied the ship and guided Des Barras to victory. Sydney’s 55 included 7 fours and 2 sixes, Best’s 31 included 3 sixes and 1 four.
In a Group B match played at the Balata Playing Field, Babonneau Under-19 humbled newcomers Hill Top United by eight wickets with Amari Venner spinning a web around the Hill Top batters.
Hill Top, batting first after winning the toss, were bowled out for 127 in 37.3 overs. National youth captain Simeon Gerson made 30, Sergio Auguste 27, and Jean Boodha 25. Man of the Match, Amari Venner, was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 22 from 8 overs, while Craig Elizee took 2 for 7 from a solitary over.
Babonneau U19 made light work of their victory target with 41 not out from Stephen Naitram, 38 from Vidal Crandon and 22 from captain Quaine Henry. Gerson took 1 for 23 from 5 overs and Kimani Melius, Junior Sportsman of the Year, 1 for 36 from 5 overs.