Azeez, Ramsammy lead TSC to emphatic win in season opener

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GCA/ Noble House Seafoods 2nd Division

Transport Sports Club (TSC) got their 2017/2018 Georgetown Cricket Associatio

Mark Ramsammy
Azim Azeez

n (GCA)/ Noble House Seafoods Second Division Two Day Competition off to a resounding start with a comprehensive win over minnows, Diplomats.
Last year’s runners-up, TSC, won the match which was played over the weekend at the Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) Ground by a mammoth margin of 257 runs.
Scores in the match read: TSC 229 all out and 267-7 declared; and Diplomats 128 all out and 111 all out.
Azim Azeez’s century along with teenage prodigy Mar Ramsammy’s all-round brilliance was pivotal for the winners, who dominated most of the two days.
Azeez, a proven performer recorded 106 in his team’s first innings to hit the first century of the tournament. He was supported by Devaughn Nandan and Jonathan Adams, who scored 32 and 23 not out respectively.
Bowling for Diplomats, A. Marcus (3-58) along with his team mate Richard Mohammed (3-45) troubled TSC’s batsmen on their way to snatching three- wicket hauls at the small Woolford Avenue venue, while L. Caesar collected 2-13 to contribute to his team’s cause.
TSC’s Soopaul Sinclair (3-32), Mark Baptiste(2-31), Adams (2-17) and Azeez (2-13) prevented Diplomats from coming close to their first innings score. J. Stevens 30, Horace Mohammed 28 and Caesar 25 were the leading scorers in Diplomats’ innings.
With a solid lead of 101, TSC galloped to 267-7 before declaring their second innings. Ramsammy hit 93 while another teenager Devon Allen remained unbeaten on 53 when the innings closed. Nandan and Shemroy Kendall chipped in with 39 and 27 respectively.
Medium pacer Marcus snared 4-49 in a standout effort while his peer Rickford Mohammed finished with 2-39.
Set a total of 369 to claim a come- from- behind victory, Diplomats were dismissed for a paltry 111 despite a top knock of 58 from Caesar along with shown resilience from Stevens, who made 26.
Ramsammy returned with the ball to capture 5-24 while Mark Baptiste picked up 3-31 to cap off a good week end at the office for TSC.
The competition is scheduled to continue this weekend with several matches to be played at venues across the city.