Former Guyana Under-19 batsman Krishna Deosran hit 66 for Guyana against Jamaica on Saturday at the University of Technology, Scarborough ground, in a specially arranged T20 match by Trinidad and Tobago Consulate in Toronto as part of its 51st Independence anniversary.
However, the Guyanese suffered a five-wicket loss to Trinidad and Tobago in the final.
The Guyanese, led by former West Indies One-Day player Royston Crandon, won the toss and opted to take first strike on a responsive pitch. They only tallied an insufficient 98-9 at the expiration of 20 overs while Trinidad and Tobago, in reply, safely reached 99-5 off 16 overs.
Former Guyana Under-19 fast bowler and Canada player Eion Katchay proved his batting capability with an entertaining 34, decorated with three sixes and two fours, while small contributions came from Crandon (15), Gavin Singh (13) and Trevor Henry (12).
Former Canada player and off-spinner Jason Patraj grabbed two wickets for 15 runs from his four overs.
When T&T’s combination batted, they began shakily, losing two quick wickets, but recovered and ultimately sealed the deal to spark wild celebrations among their team mates and fans.
Colin Alfred led the way for T&T with a responsible 34, which included three fours and a maximum and Vishaul Mahadeo chipped in with 16.
In the lone semi-final, Guyana also won the toss and decided to take first strike. In this match however, they galloped to 191-6 from 20 overs. Deosaran slammed six sixes and two fours during his 37-ball occupation at the crease, participating in two entertaining partnerships with Crandon and Henry.
Henry and Crandon made 40 and 32 respectively; pacer Terrence Benjamin snatched 2 for 21 from three overs.
Benjamin returned with the bat to make 31 while Jeffrey Woolcock scored a rapid 30 for the reggae boys. Occasional off-spinner, Crandon grabbed 2 for 17 runs while former Guyana Under-19 skipper Eugene LaFleur took 2-14 from four economical overs.
At the presentation ceremony, both teams received trophies, compliments of T&T Consulate in Toronto while several individuals collected monetary awards for their performances during the day.
Dr Vidhya Gyan Tota-Maharaj, Consul General for Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto, congratulated her country’s men for their victorious performance and also thanked the two countries for their participation.
She further stated that it was a true sportsmanship displayed by all the players and expressed gratitude to the organisers for running off the day’s activities that included a family fun-day.
“I want to congratulate Trinidad and Tobago for being triumphant today (Saturday) and also my deepest gratitude to Guyana and Jamaica for their participation; it [is] a big occasion for Trinidad and Tobago and having these cricketers displaying true sportsmanship is also remarkable; I would also like to thank the organisers for putting this day together for having the families coming out too,” Tota-Maharaj disclosed.