Chathram Gagadin slammed 119 as Lower East Coast Bulls finished the preliminary round of the Demerara Cricket Board’s Over-40, 20/20 cricket competition, sponsored by Raj Singh Insurance Brokers, on a winning note.
Batting first at the Lusignan Community Centre ground, the Bulls amassed a massive 208-3, with Gangadin hitting nine boundaries and six maximums. He was well supported by Latchman Yadram, who made 46.
Upper East Bank Colts fell 64 runs short of the target, losing six wickets in the process. S. Ramdeen and S. Patadin were the main contributors with 38 and 32 respectively. Man-of-the-Match Gangadin and Dexter Jones were the pick of the bowlers with identical figures of 2-8 each.
Over at the Enmore Community Centre ground, Upper East Coast Tigers made light work of Lower East Bank Lions. Needing to win the match to qualify for a semi-final spot, Lions mustered 141-7 with Sahadeo Hardeo leading the way with 47 and Rakesh Gangaram making 29. Bashir Khan was among the wickets with 3-9.
In reply, Tigers accelerated to victory at 146-2 in just 14 overs with Eon Abel taking a liking to the bowlers, hammering 11 boundaries and four sixes in a blistering 92 not out.
At the Demerara Cricket Club, Georgetown Bears romped to a massive 109-run victory over their city counterparts the Buffaloes. Surendra Heralall mauled the opposition bowlers, clobbering ten boundaries and two sixes in 97.
Chasing 179 for victory, Buffaloes were reduced to 69 all out in 10 overs after being bamboozled by the bowling of S. Khan, who picked up a hat-trick during his spell, finishing with figures of 4-5. L. Persaud who was also among the wickets with 3-4.
The match at Wales Community Centre ground between West Coast Demerara Mavericks and West Bank Demerara Seals ended in dispute over a decision by the umpires. The semi-finals are slated for next Friday.