A solid 67 runs from Dilly Khilawan and returns of 4 for 44 from skipper, Imtiaz Hassan, proved not enough for the Achievers Real Estate NY Inc. sponsored Liberty Sports Club to stop Everest/ACS in their week 2 Eastern American Cricket Association Power 40 encounter.
LSC won the toss and took first strike on a windy but sunny day at Bay County Park. The men in blue found themselves in early trouble when a careless run out accounted for Hemchandrabose Persaud.
Micheal Noble then joined the 2011 MVP, Dilly, the pair commenced a threatening partnership. Noble with his typical technical cover and straight drives and Dilly with his typical aggression. The pair would put on 70 for the second wicket when another error in judgment of a quick single would cost Noble his wicket for 32.
The departure of Noble saw LSC in an all too familiar position to their opening game against Richmond Hill CC. Four quick wickets fell in the middle order leaving Dilly only to hold firm at the other end. He found some support in his brother Vickey Khilawan who scored a quick fire 24 which included taking 14 off of a Marlon Persaud over.
Dilly would get past 50 and carry on to 67 before getting out bowled by Arun Merchant. The remainder of the LSC batsmen pushed the total to 169 all out off 39.3 overs. Merchant was the pick of the bowlers for Everest bowlers with 4 for 27 off 8 overs while Karan Ganesh bowled a miserly 8 overs for 21 runs and claimed 3 wickets.
The defense of the under par total began strong for LSC as they removed ACS openers Merchant & Steve Nowrangilall cheaply. Tamesh Balwant coming in at number three found support from skipper Karan Ganesh as the pair thwarted the efforts of LSC bowlers and pushed Everest forward in their charge for victory. Ganesh fell for 38 but by then Balwant was set and his team in a safe position to close in on victory.
Hassan would pick up two more wickets in addition to the openers but that could not stop Everest from closing their chase off in the 32ndover. Balwant finished on 65 not out.
LSC will continue their push to gain grounds in the EACA Zone 1 this Sunday against East Side Warriors while Everest/ACS will tackle Enmore CC.