Meten Meer Zorg did not have a rest following there narrow defeat to Altantis, when they met Big Apple at the Cage on July 15. Big Apple batting first were always positive in their approach with openers R. Ramotar (30) and Alvin Kalimootoo (50) putting on 75 runs for the first wicket. MMZ looked to peg the run flow with two wickets from seamer Rocky Kowchai to leave Big Apple at 118/3 in 18 overs.
Zaheer Saffie (75) and former American national Clain Williams (86) craft an 121 runs fourth wicket partnership which looked to set up a big push at the end of the innings. Seamer Rahynul Islam return at the depth accounting for Williams Shiv Raghubar and Telston Johnson as Big Apple scored 45 runs of the last 31 deliveries at a rate of about nine runs per over. MMZ set a target of 285 at 7.10 runs per over. Islam with three wicket let the bowling attack, with support from Kowchai and Azurdeen Mohammed two each.
This encounteer was not devoid of its fanfare, with fans from either side on hand to take in the titanic EACA clash. MMZ in the reply loss wicket keeper batsmans Ajaz Asgarally early on, but Skipper Mohammed and Deonath Baksh set about a very composed and resolute partnership. Both batsmen brought their half centuries with MMZ stay on course. Mohammed would post his first century of the season before he was dismissed in bizzare fashion for 105. With the failure against Atlantis near in memory MMZ lower middle order held their nerve to complete the victory by four wickets. MMZ leapfrog Big Apple into third behind Everest and Altantis.
Falcons rout Enmore
At Bay Park Enmore batted first aganst Falcons, but were never in the game as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Tyrel Datt was caught at the wicket off Mark Shamsundar. Jerry Karan took two wickets to open up the lower order. With six wickets down under-15 player Nicholas Harripersad tried to consolidate with some solid defence, but lost Jason Thomas at the next end handled ball. Thomas attempting to protect his wicket used his hand to divert the ball rather than his foot which would have been appropriate. Emnore closing on 77 in 32.1 overs. Brothers Mark Shamsundar and Komal Shamsundar as well as Jerry Karan shared the wickets a pair each.
Falcons stumbled slightly as they lost four wickets before competing the win. Skipper ZulfikarAli led his side with 36 not out as Falcons needed just 12 overs to take the encounter by six wickets.
In other matches All Star won their second match as Camelot failed to show. Everest returned to winning ways piling up 290 against Liberty. Former American youth captain, Gregory Sewdial led the charge with 138. Liberty could only manage 193 to lose by 97 runs their second defeat in as many matches.
Atlantis, Hillside, Arsenal and Phantom all has a rest week.