The fifth round of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Tropical Springs T20 Over-40 Tournament continued on Monday.
Over at the Everest Cricket Club Ground, on Camp Street Georgetown, West Demerara Masters and Sand Pipers Masters got off to a late start, owing to the inclement weather, which affected the possibility of play in the outfield prior to 15:30h. However, both teams were eager to get involved in on-field action, and when play was called at 15:30h, it was Sand Pipers who were tasked with the responsibility of setting a victory target for their opponents. However, this task appeared not to be as easy as Sand Pipers may have previously thought, as they lost their first two wickets in as many overs. Nevertheless, the number three batsman Bhupendra Deokie stroked 20, which included two fours and one six to help Sand Pipers post 60 all out off 11.4 overs of their revised allotment of 12 overs. Bowling for WD Masters, Saenaraine Mathura claimed 2 for 5 from 2 overs and Sudesh Persaud 2 for 15 from 2.4 overs..
In reply, WD Masters reached their victory target off 10.4 overs of their allotted 12 overs, as they paced themselves to 62 for 7. Seenarine Mathura was run out for 13, while Patrick Khan and Ganesh Persaud were unbeaten on 12 and 7 respectively. Bowling for Sand Pipers, Parmanand Deokie grabbed 2 for 5 from 3 overs, Ryan Mangah 2 for 6 from 2 overs, and Nandkrishna Ram 2 for 19 from 3 overs.
Earlier at Everest, the match between Everest Masters and Rubis Bel Air Ultra Tec was abandoned, owing to unsuitable outfield conditions caused by rainfall during the morning hours. Over at the Enmore Community Centre Ground, Regal Masters gained a walk-over from WD Mavericks, while RP Construction Legends were rewarded for showing up by obtaining walk-over points from KV Construction.
The sixth and penultimate round in the “preliminary” round of matches of the GCB Tropical Springs T20 Over-40 Tournament will bowl off at the Everest and Enmore venues on Wednesday. At Everest, Everest Masters will be at home to KV Construction Masters from 09:30h, while Sand Pipers will battle with WD Mavericks from 13:45h. The Enmore Ground will have Regal Masters opposing WD Masters in the first encounter of the day, from 09:30h, and RP Construction Legends will compete against Rubis Bel-Air Ultra Tec.
The current point standings for the tournament are as follows:
Regal Masters: 11 points
West Demerara Mavericks: 10 points
RP Construction Legends: 10 points
Bel Air Rubis Ultra Tec: 6 points