San Souci Jaguars beat Good Success by 20 runs while Maria’s Pleasure stunned G Square Cavaliers by 48 runs in the semi-finals of the Badri Prasad Memorial T20 competition in Wakenaam last Sunday.
San Souci was led by an authoritative century from Nokta Moses as they reached a competitive 173/9 after winning the toss at the Wakenaam Community Centre. The Jaguars were off to a disastrous start when Zameer Zaman was caught for four off pacers Wazir Khan and Safraz Mohamed was clean bowled by David Challitar for eight at 10/2.
Moses and his younger brother Beesham then showed great fighting spirit to resurrected the innings with a third-wicket stand of 86. Nokta was aggressive in his stroke play and brought up his fifty off 27 balls. Beesham was more composed in lending great support as Nokta continued to accumulate his runs on both sides of the pitch.
Off-spinner Gurnauth Khemraj then bowled Beesham Moses for 13, but Nokta Moses shared in a useful partnership of 46 with Rashaad Rasheed (09) to further boost this team total. Moses who was put down twice hit Ramnarine for a maximum and then drove Imran Khan for boundaries. He reached his century off 55 balls before he was taken off Nazeer Mohamed for 119 after hitting 16 fours and four sixes. Following his dismissal, Good Success picked up some quick wickets with Mohamed claiming 3-20 off four overs, Khemraj 2-28 and Imran Khan 2-33; Wazir Khan and Challitar had one each.
G Square Cavaliers’ openers Khemraj and Ejaz Mohamed gave Good Success a quick start by putting on 43 in quick time with the former hitting pacer Siddiq Mohamed for fours before flicking Derwin Daniels for another while Mohamed clobbered Daniels for a maximum and drove him to the long-off boundary. However, Daniels provided his team with the breakthrough when he sent back Mohamed for 16. Tulsieram Ramadeen was then bowled by Nokta Moses for 13 who also trapped Imran Khan LBW for one as Good Success slipped to 67/3. Khemraj soon went for 29, but Nazeer Mohamed and Ramnarine kept their team in the hunt with a fifth-wicket stand of 53. Mohamed stroked Beesham Moses for a maximum before flicking Zaman for four while Ramnarine took boundaries off Zaman and Siddiq Mohamed. Ramnarine was then dismissed for 25 while Charles Benjamin (04) and Shoaib Namaz (00) followed shortly after. Mohamed made 36 (2×4; 2×6) as Good Success finished on 153/9. Nokta Moses grabbed 4-17 off four overs to crown a good all-round performance while Beesham Moses had 2-20, Zaman 2-34 and Daniels 1-34.
In the second semi-final, Maria’s Pleasure followed the Jaguars lead and took first strike after winning the toss. They then amassed a respectable 162-8. Bernard Lewis and Mark Lewis added 46 for the first wicket before the latter was caught off Jaggernauth Manbodh for 16. Bernard Lewis hit Dayawant Shiwnandan for a maximum and drove Chandrika Ragnauth for fours before he was removed by Manbodh for 33. Maria’s Pleasure then lost three quick wickets, but Marsh Singh slammed four fours in scoring 26 while Alex Clementson made 18 to prop up their team batting down the order as Manbodh snared 3-16, Satrohan Shiwnandan 2-20; Kamal Khan, Ragnauth and Dayawant Shiwnandan had one each.
Cavaliers were off to a bad start losing openers Heera Sukram and Ballie Scott both run out for seven and 13 respectively. Pacer Kennard Lewis then removed Kamal Khan (03) while Bernard Lewis accounted for Manbodh (02) and Ragnauth (00) leaving the score at 43-5. Dayawant Shiwnandan and Bhumeshwar Ramkisson then added 36 but when Ramkissoon was taken of Mark Lewis for 11, the rest of the batting failed to offer any resistance as Cavaliers were sent packing for 114 in 18 overs. Shiwnandan remained unbeaten on 24 (3×4) as Bernard Lewis bagged 4-16 off four overs while Mark Lewis had 3-19 and Kennard Lewis 2-14. The date for the final will be announced later