Suffering defeat without putting up much of a fight can be demoralising, but enduring a similar fate on the same day can be even more devastating.
That’s the situation the touring Ontario Cricket Association (OCA) found themselves in on Sunday last at the hands of a rampant Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC) side.
A scheduled 40-over-per-innings game lasted just 46.2 overs as hosts ECCCC raced to a nine-wicket win on the back of a brilliant all-round performance.
Batting first, OCA found the going tough and were dismissed for a meagre 76 from 33.1 overs. Off-spinner, who picked up a four-wicket haul to lead ECCCC to title honours against Fairfield in the GT&T 35-over competition a fortnight ago, was again among the wickets, snaring 4-14 from eight impressive overs.
Sixteen-year-old left-arm seamer Gavin Moriah continued his rise since joining the ECCCC, bagging 2-15, also from eight overs. S. Dillon topscored for the visitors with 18.
ECCCC then romped to victory at 76-1 from a mere 13.1 overs. Skipper Bheemraj Ramkellawan led the run-chase with 38 (4x4s), while West Indies Under-19 opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul made 28 (3x4s, 1×6).
After the match finished earlier than expected, the two teams agreed to play a 14-over game, which resulted in the ECCCC winning by 11 runs.
First-Class players Amir Khan and Chanderpaul hit 53 not out and 49 not out respectively as ECCCC posted 107-2 from the allotted overs.
Dyal again spun webs around the OCA batsmen, claiming 3-14 from three overs, and fast bowler Chaitram Ramlall also picked up 3-14 as the tourists replied with 96-8 when the overs expired.
At the presentation ceremony which followed, Dyal was named Man-of-the-Match and best bowler of the day, while Ramkellawan copped the best batsman prize. Trophies were also presented to the teams, all compliments of Tiger Sports of Old Road, Enmore. The OCA also used the opportunity to present a cricket kit to the ECCCC, as a token of appreciation.
Meanwhile, the OCA tour did not get any better when they faced hosts Everest in a 20/20 game on Monday last.
Everest posted 155-5 with Troy Gonsalves hitting 44 and Ryan Ramdass and Chanderpaul scoring 35 apiece. Ayoub Ahmad picked up 3-31 for OCA, who were restricted to 63-8 when the overs ran out.