By Neto Baptiste
A gallant effort of 62 not out from Satya Behera was not enough to save Desi Boys from a 29 runs defeat at the hands Dredgers in the LL Supply Ltd, IBSC Tape Ball T20 Classic on Sunday.
Behera was his team’s top scorer as Desi Boys chased 195 for victory after Dredgers had won the toss and opted to bat, posting 194 for nine in 19 overs. The match had been reduced to 19 overs due to rain.
Desi Boys could only get to 165 for five in reply with Behera getting help from Frederick Floyd who made 28, Allwyn Joshua 25 and Bharat Phulwani with 24. Justin Athanaze was the pick of the bowlers for Dredgers with two wickets for 15 runs in four overs. Zach Thomas chipped in with two wickets for 23 runs from three overs.
Earlier, Brent Bloodman cracked 59 and Athanaze 28 as Dredgers got to their target of 165. There was support from Tyrone Williams Jr. who made 26. Bowling for Desi Boys, Joshua had a good spell as he claimed four wickets for 37 runs off four overs.
Also on Sunday, Brysons Shipping & Insurance Bullets defeated Auntie Sue’s Kitchen Herberts United by nine wickets in a match severely hampered by rain.
In the contest, reduced to eight overs, Herberts posted a low score of 36 for 6 with their best effort coming from Ian Smalling who made 11.
Bullets easily got to the target in just 1.5 overs, reaching 37 for one. Deran Benta’s 33 runs almost singlehandedly accounted for the paltry total.
There was victory as well for Buckley’s 3J’s as they beat Sousay Doux by five wickets.
Sousay Doux amassed 83 all out in 15.3 overs – in a game reduced to 16 overs – with a top knock of 15 from Karl Simon. Egbert Phillip was the pick of the bowlers for 3J’s with two wickets for 19 runs in three overs.
When their turn at the crease arrived, 3J’s rallied to 84 for five from 10.2 overs. Steve Martin led the charge with 31 while Gregson Merrick assisted with 19 not out. Javy Benjamin was best with the ball for Sousay Doux, taking two wickets for 24 runs in four overs.
In other matches, All Stars beat Thunder Kings by 21 runs; ACB Warriors had the better of Classic Eleven by 50 runs; and Future Stars got maximum points from Plumbing Electrical Ltd. Islands Boys by nine wickets.
Meanwhile Rackaman Construction Strictly Business didn’t have to lift a finger as they won by default over Flyers who could not field a team for the scheduled contest.