Richmond Hill Cricket Club won the toss on a beautiful and sunny Mother’s Day and invited Enmore Cricket Club to take first strike. But soon they were in deep trouble as 4 wickets fell for 26 runs.

Deryck McDonald of Richmond Hill struck an elegant 79 not out against Enmore last Sunday. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

Skipper Ramphal Bactowar sharing the new ball with Deryck McDonald inflicted the early blow as he had the prize wickets of Safraz Ali smartly taken at first slip by Royo Sankar, he then trapped Saeed Mohamed and Chaman Ramdial lbw playing back.

However, Mahendra Mohabir was in superb touch as he stroke the ball all over the park for 96 (10×4) and was well supported by the skipper Asif Alli 24, veteran Jerry Persaud had 20 and 45 runs came from extras. Soon they were all out for 209 with Dhaniram Seepersaud cleaning up the tail taking 4 wickets.

In reply Richmond Hill had an opening stand of 43 before Prashad Mahadeo 23 was brilliantly run out by a direct hit with the score on 78, Royo Sankar was caught for 32 followed by D. Seepersaud 15 and Ronald Evelyn without scoring.

However, Deryck McDonald saw Richmond Hill home with a brilliant knock, stroking the ball with excellent timing and placement, he was particular severe on the skipper Asif Ali as his 5 overs cost 44 runs. R. Bactowar 11, M. Seeram 17, D. Sankar 9 and A. Ibrahim 1 not out supported him to the end as Richmond Hill romped home with three overs to spare.

Enmore CC 209 all out in 39.4 overs:
Mahendra Mohabir 96, Asif Ali 24, Jerry Persaud 20.
Bowling For Richmond Hill:
D. McDonald 8-1-27-1, R. Bactowar 8-1-15-3, M. Seeram 8-0-56-0, D. Puran 4-0-13-0, D. Seepersaud 8-0-46-4, A. Ibrahim4-0-13-2.

Richmond Hill CC 213 for 8 wickets off 37 overs:
Deryck McDonald 79*, Royo Sankar 32, Prashad Mahadeo 23, Mahendra Seeram 17.
Bowling for Enmore CC:
J. Persaud 8-0-42-0, M. Montana 8-0-35-1, R. Jainarine 8-0-40-3, A. Ali 5-0-44-2, J. Thomas 1-0-14-0, C. Ramdial 5-0-25-0, N. Harripersaud 2-0-12-1.