Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets first division team on Tuesday defeated the Moruga Life Sports Centre of Trinidad by three wickets at the Port Mourant
The Moruga Life Sports Centre is touring Guyana as part of the entity’s development programmes. The boys from Moruga Life Sports Centre batted first and were given a solid 51-run opening partnership by Gabriel Blackwell and former Trinidad Under-17 player Silvis Cooper in 10 overs before West Indies female pacer Erva Giddings bowled Blackwell for 15.
Richie Joseph joined Cooper and they posted 54 for the second wicket in seven overs before off-spinner Khemraj Mahadeo bowled Joseph for 35. Former Trinidad Under-19 cricketer Adrian Cooper then took the home team’s bowling attack apart with an aggressive 59 (3x4s, 5x6s) as the visitors reached 192-8 off their allotted 30 overs.
Silvis Cooper supported his elder brother with a solid 49 (5x4s). Bowling for RHTG&G, Giddings took 2-15 and Khemraj Mahadeo, 3-33.
In response, RHTG&G, playing without most of the senior players, were given a solid opening partnership of 56 by national Under-19 players Shawn Pereira (25) and Askay Homraj (28) in nine overs.
They however, found themselves in a bit of trouble at 99-5 in the 17th over when left-arm spinner A. Cooper took three quick wickets. A sixth wicket partnership of 60 between Jason Sinclair and veteran Ravi Narine brought the home team back in the game.
Narine was forced to retire hurt for 30, but West Indies female player Shemaine Campbelle (12) and Sinclair added 26 to almost see RHTG&G home. Campbelle was dismissed off the first ball of the last over with six runs required. Sinclair and Berbice youth player Nicholas Cameron then took their team home with Sinclair smashing the last ball for a boundary.
Sinclair ended on a well played 61 not out with six boundaries. Bowling for the visitors, A. Cooper ended with 3-29 off his six overs, while Celes Patrice took 2-34.
Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, Hilbert Foster, wished the visitors a successful tour of Guyana and expressed his club’s willingness to develop a permanent relationship with the visitors.