The Enterprise Busta Sports Club (EBSC)-organised, Busta-sponsored 20/20 cricket competition for teams on the East Coast of Demerara is now a three-way fight among Ogle, Fairfield and Enterprise ‘A’ after all three teams recorded wins in the latest round of matches last weekend.
Four games were played with Enmore beating Enterprise ‘B’ by 93 runs; Ogle defeating Enmore by six wickets; Fairfield prevailing over Lusignan by 11 runs and Enterprise ‘A’ cruising past Strathavon by 10 wickets.
There were several outstanding individual batting performances with Lusignan’s Krishna Deosaran slamming a robust 80 in a losing cause; Bheemraj Ramkellawan hitting 61 and 37 for Enmore; fellow team-mate Rudolph Singh scoring 57; and first-class opener Rajendra Chandrika stroking a solid 51 not out.
Among the top bowlers were Nandram Ganesh, Amir Khan, Steve Ramdass, M. Shaw, Zaheer Mohamed and Rajendra Chandrika, all of whom grabbed three-wicket hauls.
In the opening game of the weekend, which was reduced to 18 overs per innings, Enmore batted first against Enterprise ‘B’ and posted a challenging 179-4 with Ramkellawan (61) and Singh (57) leading the way, as D. Persaud claimed 2-23.
Enterprise ‘B’ in reply struggled to 86 all out, being dismissed in the final over. Ganesh (3-5), Khan (3-14) and left-arm seamer Gavin Moriah (2-18) were the pick of the bowlers, while N. Ulla and R. Beepat scored 27 and 18 respectively in a losing cause.
By virtue of the victory, Enmore qualified to play Ogle in one of the quarter-final games, but suffered a six-wicket loss. Ramkellawan and Singh were again among the runs for Enmore, scoring 37 and 28 respectively, in a total of 110-6 from the allotted 20 overs, a target which was overhauled by Ogle, who reached 111-4 in response.
Deosaran, the former national Under-19 batsman, made the highest score of the weekend, but his effort was in vain as Fairfield prevailed by 11 runs.
Fairfield, batting first, posted 138-6 with W. Mustapha hitting 44 and R. Chatura getting 31, as Ramdass picked up 3-31. Despite Deosaran’s brilliant 80 and 14 from Kumar Bishundial, Lusignan could muster only 127-6 in a game reduced to 17 overs per innings.
In the other game, Enterprise ‘A’ steamrolled Strathavon by 10 wickets on the back of a complete all-round effort. Mohamed claimed 3-6 and Chandrika 3-19 as Strathavon struggled to 79 all out with R. Dutchin scoring 30.
Chandrika and national youth player Kamesh Yadram then made light work of the target, coasting to 80 without loss. Chandrika made 51 and Yadram 22.
According to chief coordinator of the tournament, Jowharilall Jitlall, the competition will conclude this weekend, weather permitting.
He pointed out that Enterprise ‘A’ have drawn the bye to the final, which will start at 13:30h at the Enterprise Busta Sports Club ground. The other finalist will be determined when the lone semi-final is contested between Ogle and Fairfield at the same venue from 09:30h.
The champion team will pocket $50,000, while the runner-up will collect $25,000. The competition is being sponsored exclusively by Guyana Beverage Company, under its Busta soft drink brand.