By Dyon Ravello
Brooklyn NYPL continued with matches at Bay Park and Baisley South at the Pond. At Bay Park Shaheen claimed the toss and batted first against Warriors. Openers Shaikh Shoaib 29 and Butt Sahib 36 gave their side a solid start scoring 72 without loss after 15 overs. Following the the drinks break the introduction of left arm orthodox bowler Waqas got the break through Warriors were looking for with Butt spooning a catch to midwicket. In the very next over Asad Mohammed turned the match as he removed Shoaib, Zubair and the dangerous captain Waqas Akram. Shaheen batted eight overs after the drinks break losing a total of six wickets for seven runs. Asad followed uph is accurate bowling with three catches as Shaheen were bundled out for 106 from 29. 4 overs. Baloch had two wickets alongside Mohammed as, Waqas had two.
Warriors took the opportunity to rest their main batsmen giving the lower order some time at the crease. Wicket keeper batsman Kabeer (33) hit four consecutive boundaries off of the first over from Shoaib, as he illustrated his intent. Leg spinner Usman would account for Kabeer, but even with four wicket down, Warriors were never in danger of letting this one slip. Usman ended with three wickets as Warriors, rested Asad, Waqas and skipper Suhail in the batting order. Warriors winning by six wickets getting home in 21.2 overs.
At Baisley, Punjab took first strike against Carriacou, with a steady opening stand between Adnan and Wahid. But is was Hunain Munir 74 who gave the innings the impetus dispatching the short stuff over the mid wicket rope as well as lifting the loose ones to the cover boundary. Abe Jones found a rhythm as the fifth bowler bagging five wickets, a little late as Punjab closed on 280/7 off their 35 over.
Philbert Augustine lasted two additional deliveries more that his golden duck against Shaheen as Zafar Khan disturbed the timber. Khan removed Abe Jones as well as the dangerous Loxley Williams both bowled to leave Carriacou reeling. Munir picked up two more wickets, before Khan had Jamal Simon caught low at point by Adnan. Just when it seemed like it would be an early day, Darren Plentie (87) stroked the ball around the park as he built an innings to keep his side in the contest. Plentie took 20 of Wahid’s off spin as the run rate remained within reach, but with just three wickets in hand.
Captain Devon Jones showed that he had the shots to maintain the chase, but he held out to deep square leg off leg
spinner Qausim. Plentie continued his approach as Mario Cox played a supporting role with solid defence, with Punjab beginning to panic. Need a run a ball with two wickers in hand, Adnan found Plentie’s edge with glove-man Imran Mahzar making no mistake. Last man Hakeem Paterson who has showed that he can put on a show against Shaheen, had no chance as he was bowled off the very next ball. Punjab winning by 54 runs, Carriacou 226 all out.
NYPL with continue with T20 play during the Islamic month of Ramadan which begins this Friday.