Terrence Madramootoo bagged 6 wickets for 14 runs while Trevor Henry blasted his fourth consecutive half-century to cement Liberty Sports Club (LSC) in the top spot of the Eastern American Cricket Association A-Division. In their final encounter of the league stage of the competition #TheBlueNation successfully defended 195 against New York Centurions at Baisley Cage.
Electing to bat first after being awarded the toss LSC top runs getter Trevor Henry once again was the feature of the LSC inning. Blasting his fourth consecutive half century, Henry, looked at his fluent best. His 67 runs inning was compiled with 10 fours and two sixes. Trinson Carmichael (28), Romeno Deane (26), Madramootoo (26) and Dilly Khilawan (10) were the supporting batsmen in double figures when LSC was restricted to 195 all out in 36.3 overs.
Shazam Ramjohn and Nicholas Nandan were the pick of the NY-Centurion bowlers with 4 for 31 and 4 for 40 each. Carlos Baker and Ritish Bridgelall picked up a wicket each.
The NY-C chase got off to a steady start but was set back by Carmichael’s pace bowling from the Foch Boulevard end. Carmichael removed the openers before Leon Mohabir bowled the number 3 batsman. At 75 for 3 when the first water break was called the red squad must have still been confident about their chance of upsetting LSC and avoid demotion to the B-Division.
Vijendra Singh and Leon Mohabir kept things tight after the break before Madramootoo took over the attack and took control of the game. Bowling the next 5 overs from the Foch Blvd end Madramootoo picked up 6 of the remaining 7 wickets as the Centurion inning folded for 126 all out. The 5 wicket haul was Madramootoo’s second for LSC having picked up a five wicket haul in LSC’s final game of the 2014 season at the same location.
Carmichael 2 for 22 and Mohabir 2 for 29 were the wicket takers for LSC while Singh’s none for 21, Francis Mendonca none for 22 and Javed Shakoor none for 3 rounded out the bowling. Nicholas Rambhrose (26) and Ritesh Bridgelall (21) were the noteworthy scorers for NY-C.
The 69 runs win cements the GMA Enterprise and Rockaway’s Royal Empress Catering Hall sponsored Liberty Sports Club on top of the of the A-Division of the EACA. The top spot for LSC comes following the league changing to tougher scheduling formats in 2015. Adopting the A-Division format from the beginning of the year with each of the elite 8 teams from 2014 playing each other twice during the season LSC has set the bar at 13 wins and 1 loss.
Trevor Henry has finished the league stage setting a new club record of 552 runs at an average of 61.33 with 1 century and four half-centuries. Henry replaced Carmichael’s 2014 club record of 413 runs. Carmichael himself has bettered his 2014 bowling record of 23 wickets, picking up 26 wickets at an average of 13.85 per wicket.
The league leaders now await the final word on whether they will face Everest/ACS or Richmond Hill Cricket Club in the Semi-Final of the Cricket Zone 40-Overs Competition.
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