By Dyon Ravello
Guyana met New York XI in the opener of the Roy Sweeney Benefit last Saturday June 17 at Floyd Bennett. Batting first NY XIwere led by Karan Ganesh who made 39 and a late innings flurry by skipper Telston Johnson 38 not out helped the underdogs amass 124/7 after 20 overs. Andre Kirton led the Guyana attack with his left arm orthodox with 3/19 Quasen Alfred had 2/18
In reply Guyana got to 74 before losing Akeem Dodson (38), Captain Steve Massiah kept up the momentum with Alfred adding 31. At 105 Alfred fell for 17 followed by Kirton for a first ball duck. Guyana added one to lose Massiah (47), after 19 overs the score read 114/6. Sean Thompson to bowled the last over, 11 needed 4 wickets in hand. Zaheer Saffie ct Ross, 11 needed off five balls, 3 wickets. Romeno Deane ct Ganesh and Guyana still needing 11 in four. Azurdeen Mohammed is bowled Thompson for the hattrick. Thompson picked up the last wicket to lift New York XI to the Final with a 11 run victory. Thompson and Ganesh both with 4/16.
New York will face Jamaica in Saturday’s final June 23rd, at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn. Jamaica got past Trinidad and Tobago in the second match on the cards last weekend. Guyana like Trinidad and Tobago will return to the drawing board as they both prepare for the New York Cricket Region Nations Cup scheduled to open on July 21st.