Zeeburg Cricket Club’s (ZCC’s) senior players Yutesh Dhanpaul and Balbiner Shivpersaud, having been drafted into the Commonwealth Cricket League in New York, have helped their team to its 7th win in the league: a defeat of the in-form Pasban Cricket Club in another 30-over affair played at the Courtland Park in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Reliable as always, Dhanpaul and Shivpersaud took their team over the line with scores of 49 and 56 runs respectively.
With the match reduced to 25 overs a side because of a late start dictated by inclement weather, West Coast Warriors Cricket Club (WCWCC) won the toss and decided to bat first. Their strategy was to capitalise on the present condition of the pitch before further degradation should occur through the vagaries of the weather.
Once again, things got off to a flyer as Shivpersaud laid the foundation for his side’s win with a 5th consecutive half-century (56). His countryman Dhanpaul supported with a workmanlike 49.
From there it was smooth sailing for the Warriors, as they kept the scoreboard ticking by smashing boundaries at regular intervals to end their innings on 254 for 7.
Vickash Dhaniram and Rajendra Khan scored 40 and 33 runs respectively at the bottom of the innings, while Pasban CC’s Thair Mohamad ended with figures of 3-30.
Needing a mammoth 255 for victory, Pasban never got things going, and lost wickets at regular intervals as they found themselves being pegged back and forced to go on the defensive.
Lokesh Karkee attempted to carry on, but was able to score only a resistant 21, while no other Pasban player could make any significant contribution.
Hemchand Harrinarine rampaged through the Pasban lineup to finish with 5-21 as Pasban resistance petered out at 112.