Ace Warriors upset Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) in their low scoring clash on Saturday at the GNIC Ground on Woolford Avenue, Georgetown.
As play continued in the New Building Society (NBS)/Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) 40 overs second division tournament, minnows Ace Warriors clinched a one wicket win at GNIC. Needing 83 runs for victory from 40 overs, the visitors persevered to the end thanks to M Whyte’s brilliance to the end of the innings which allowed him 10 not out and his team the win. That was after a spectacular all-round performance from former Everest Cricket Club player Abzal Gafoor, who made 15 after capturing 4-10 from 6.4 overs.
After being asked to bat, GNIC was routed for a paltry 82 all out from 24.4 overs with David Dick hitting 21 and national youth player Joshua Persaud 19. Gafoor was the leading bowler for Ace Warriors and he received support from Roger Abrams who took 3-14 from five overs.
In pursuit of the target, it looked like Ace Warriors would have fallen short, but thanks to M Parks 27, Gafoor 15 and Whyte 10 they got over the final hurdle in the 28 over. Dick completed a fine all-round performance after top scoring for his team, he returned with the ball to be their best bowler with 5-15 and was supported by T Grovesnor, who snared two wickets in a brilliant effort. Meanwhile, in other matches on Saturday, Transport Sports Club (TSC), Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) and Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) also recorded victories.
At the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) ground, TSC made light work of the University of Guyana (UG). UG won the toss and opted to bat. They were dismissed for 100 in 21 overs, compliments of Azim Azeez, who mesmerised the students to claim 8-26 from 7.5 overs of off spin.
UG was off to a good start as they lost their first wicket with the score on 62. However, as the old staying states, “All good things must come to an end”, and that was the case with the University of Guyana team, as all of their other wickets fell for just 38 runs.
Azeez was introduced as the fifth bowler, but since he entered the attack, he caused trouble for the UG batsmen. He was assisted by former national under-19 pacer Keon Morris, who claimed 2-27 from his quota of eight overs.
In reply TSC cruised to101-4 in 24 overs with Shawn Massiah and Rafael Singh contributing 31 and 20 not out respectively. Off spinner Dennis Heywood put in the works to capture 3-18 from seven overs. At the renowned Georgetown Cricket Club Ground, Bourda, hosts GCC demolished Maltenoes Sports Club (MSC) by eight wickets. MSC won the toss and chose to bat, falling for 65. The host raced to victory as they reached 66-2. At the Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) ground the host GYO lost to Muslim Youth Organisation by four wickets. Batting first, GYO made 146 all out in 26.5 overs, with John Champagne top scoring with 43. S Ishmael was MYO’s most destructive bowler with 5-13, while R Matilall claimed three wickets. In response, the visitors reached 147-6 to emerge as the victors.