Everest Cricket Masters suffered mixed fortunes in Jamaica
The Everest Cricket Club Masters team returned to Guyana after suffering mixed fortunes on their short tour to Jamaica. Everest went down in the first match to Kensington Cricket Club Masters but rebounded beautifully to beat Ultimate Invitational XI in a close low scoring match.
The first game was played at the Kensington Cricket Club Ground in Kingston and ended in favour of the home team who prevailed by just two runs.
Everest won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first in the 25 overs a-side contest in perfect conditions for cricket. Ashton Caregon top scored with 27 while Rolston Nelson scored a very crucial 26 that saw Kensington Cricket Club eventually making a challenging 144 for 8 from the full quota of 25 overs. Bowling for the Everest Masters – Ronald Jaisingh had 2 wickets for 17 runs and Sahadeo Hardiow 2 for 21 while there was one wicket each for Basil Persaud (1 for 14), Rohan Sarjoo (1 for 17, Hemraj garbaran (1 for 20 and Ravindranauth Seeram (1 for 21).
In reply, the Guyanese were given an excellent chance for the perfect run chase with Shaheed Mohamed playing a lone hand with 64. However, it was the lack of support at the other end that resulted in Everest Masters falling two runs short of the target. Only Sahadeo hardiow and Basil Persaud with 16 runs each showed any resistance.
Marlon Gardner and Rolston Nelson took 2 wickets for 27 runs each while there was one for Mark English for 17 runs for the victorious Kensington CC.
The Guyanese then journeyed to Discovery Bay where they met the Ultimate Sports Club Invitation XI at the Ultimate Cricket Club Ground. This time Everest opted to bat first and were set for a big total when the top order was scoring heavily and quickly but a batting collapse saw the Camp Road Georgetown club posting what looked an inadequate score of 136 for 7 from 25 overs. Basil Persaud made 55, Hemraj Garbaran 23 and Shaheed Mohamed 18 with no other Everest Master passing 15 runs. The bowling of Ultimate Sports Club was led by Myron Ohin who pegged back the Guyanese batting with four wickets for 17 runs from his five overs. Ohin got support from Dexter Barnaby with one for 16 and Solomon Darby one for 26.
The run chase began with Ultimate Sports Club racing towards victory with Odelmo Peters and Rohan Freiter taking the attack to the bowlers. However, with the introduction of Rajesh Singh into the bowling attack the match swung dramatically. The right arm off-spinner bowled unchanged for his five overs at a very economical rate as well. Singh ended with figures of 5-0-12-2 that was instrumental in restricting the home team to 128 for 8 from 25 overs to fall short of the target by eight runs.
Shaheed Mohamed had a productive tour and ended with two wickets for 21 runs while there was one wicket each for Ravindranauth Seeram (1 for 18) and Shahdeo Hardiow (1 for 24).
Peters top scored with 31 with Freiter making 20 and Michael Donagel 16 for the Jamaicans. Former First Class batsmen, Delroy Morgan for Jamaica, Ravindranauth Seeram and Rohan Sarjoo for Guyana were part of the series which was played at a very high standard.
Everest Cricket Club Masters team’s trip to Jamaica was made possible through the generosity of IMG, Dinar Trading, Trophy Stall, Professional Printing Services, Carib Food Distributors, Fly Jamaica, Banks Premium Beer, Star party Rental, Shalindra Etwaru, Robin Bharat, Anand Sanasie and staff of the Guyana Cricket Board. Dave Cameron, Wavell Hinds and Paul Campbell from Jamaica also assisted in the successful tour.