by Ajaz Asgarally
MMZ won the toss and decided to bat in glorious sunshine. Skipper Azurdeen Mohammed back from duty in Malaysia with the US senior team opened the batting with Ken Nandkumar. The pair put on 22 for the first wicket before Nandkumar got one that kept low and was out Leg Before. Deonauth Baksh walk in at number 3 to join his skipper. Mohammed batted well with the score on 65 he hit Singh for a massive six over long on, the next ball he tried to go again over cover point and was well caught by Thakur Singh for a quick 25. The stylish Trevis Ross joined Baksh who was hitting the ball cleanly, Ross in his own aggressive manner hit 2 fours and a huge six before attempting another was out stumped. At that stage MMZ was in some trouble at 85 for 3 off 14 overs.
MMZ in form batsman the talented Amarnauth Persaud joined Baksh, with the score on 101 in 15th over. Baksh went for a huge drive outside the off stump and was stumped for a well-composed 43. Rawle Hoyte was promoted up the order to give MMZ a decent score was out run out without scoring. Kowchai then joined Persaud at the crease. It was the talented Amarnath Persaud who let loose on the LSC bowlers scoring a superb 45 in just 16 deliveries which included 6 glorious fours and 1 well timed six to see the MMZ boys’ posting an imposing total of 161, Persaud was left not out on 45 and Kowchai on 4. Imtiaz Hassan was the pick of the bowlers taking 2 for 28 off 4 overs.
Liberty Sports club started off disastrously losing both openers for duck first to go was Dilly Khellawan caught by Amarnath Persaud off Rahynul Islam and A. Persaud caught off Kowchai. Danesh Deonarain and Imtaz Hassan batted well before Deonarain trying to hit Islam for a second six and was out caught by Zaaid Majeed off Islam for 15. Hassan was bowled by Trevis Ross for 22. Terrence Madramootoo batted well for 25 before he was stumped off Andy Mohammed. Thakur was bowled for 18 by Majeed. Z.Singh was caught and bowled off Mohammed for 8. Liberty Sports Club eventually made 104 off their 20 overs.
Bowling for MMZ, Islam had 2 for 19, Kowchai 2 for 17, Mohammed 2 for 18. Final scores in the match MMZ 161 for 4 off 20 overs, Liberty Sports Club 104 for 8 off 20 overs
MMZ now moves on to the semi final where they will meet archrival ACS /Everest on Sunday at the famous Baisley Cage at 2:30 pm. The other semi is between Richmond Hill CC vs. Atlantis CC at 11 am at the same Venue. The Cage will be the place to be to witness two exciting cricket match with all four teams possessing some talented youngsters in their line up. EACA will provide live commentary by Lenny Achibar and Carl Bennett for the two semis. Good luck to all teams.
MMZ squad is Azurdeen Mohammed, Ken Nandkumar, Deonauth Baksh, Trevis Ross, Amarnath Persaud, Glenn Meyer, Zaaid Majeed, Himendra Ramdiahal, Rocky Kowchai, Saud Hussain, Rayhanul Islam, Ajaz Asgarally, Rawle Hoyte, Fiaz Asgarally, KIeth Mungalsingh, Fazurdeen Mohammed and Hakim Khan.