Sharaz Baksh turned in another solid all-round performance to end Guyana’s three-game losing streak. After picking up 2 for 28 and taking a couple of superman-like catches, he then returned to stroke an impressive half-century to see his team home.
On Sunday August 16 at Franking Field in Boston in overcast conditions, Guyana’s Captain Sharaz Baksh won the toss and inserted Eagles Cricket Club to take first strike. Veteran swing bowler Lall Balgobin and Baksh reduced Eagle CC to 17 for 3 in 5 overs.
Baksh getting the prized wicket of Anil Kumar (5) who had already scored a couple of centuries this season. Raghunandan Sridhar (35) and Hemant Kaligotla (32) put on a 60-run partnership for the 5th wicket. Good death overs batting by Rahul Chelikani (30), none the less saw Eagles CC being restricted to 154 for 9 in 40 overs. Lall Balgobin and Rudy Jaglall picked up two wickets each, with one apiece for Bruce, Ramlochan, Mahabir Balgobin and Baksh.
In Reply Guyana also got off to a disastrous start at 28 for 3 in 8 overs. However, Sharaz Baksh (65) took command of the inning by playing a captain’s knock. As always, Baksh was fluent and seemed to be batting on a different wicket from everyone else. He was well-supported by Oditnarine Ramlochan (43*).
The pair put on a match-winning 4th wicket partnership, with Ramlochan playing the anchor and supporting role, but then came into his own with a couple of sweetly time pulled shots that went for sixes. Baksh was dismissed when the scores were leveled attempting to run a ball down to third man and nicked it to the keeper.
Baksh’s timely heroics was no doubt very welcomed, in putting an end to Guyana’s losing streak.