The 2019 edition of the East Coast Cricket Committee/ SPR Enterprise 40-over cricket competition commenced over the weekend as Lusignan A defeat Cane Grove by a whopping 253 runs.
Opting to bat first, Lusignan A sent their opening pair to the crease; despite the overcast skies, Shazeem Ali and Steve Ramdass gave the hosts a solid start.
This partnership resulted in the Lusignan side adding 106 runs to the tally before Ramdass was trapped leg before by Rayaad Zaman for 40 (4 fours). From there, Ali carried on his innings as he notched up a fine half-century; a few minutes later he fell for 65 when he was bowled by Ajay Persaud, leaving Lusignan A on 142-2.
Lusignan Captain Krishna Deosarran anchored the innings as he carried on where Ali and Ramdass left off. Deosarran was able to up the ante on the scoring rate as the Cane Grove bowling did not faze him.
As Deosarran looked to carry on, he attempted one too many big shots and was caught off the bowling of Maniraj Sewkarran for 118 (3x4s, 10x6s). He was ably supported by Vishnu Ramjeet, who slammed one four and six sixes in a cameo 59 as Lusignan A posted a mammoth total of 330-6. Huckumchand Baldeo took two wickets for Cane Grove.
Needing 331 for victory off their allotted 40 overs, the Cane Grove batting line-up faced a tough task with pacer Vickram Doodnauth firing in a fiery spell.
Doodnauth paved the way for 15-year-old left-arm spinner Chanderpaul Ramraj to wreak havoc on the middle order as he caught the wickets of Rayaad Zaman (caught for three) before uprooting the stumps of Yugeshwar Umroa for 14 to reduce Cane Grove to 20-2.
From there on, everything went downhill for Cane Grove as Ramraj chipped away at the batting line-up to have them bowled out for 93 in 19.3 overs.
Top-scoring for Cane Grove were Chavez Ajeday with 27 and Ajay Baldeo with 24. The main strike bowlers for Lusignan A were Chanderpaul Ramraj, who bagged 6-20 and Doodnauth, who claimed 3-52.