The teams were greeted by overcast condition at the picturesque Bay Park cricket ground. MMZ skipper Azurdeen Mohammed won the toss and decided to bat first. The skipper promoted the young Amarnath Persaud to open the batting, in the absence of the hard hitting Richie Sieuchan, it was a moved that proved to be a match winning one. Persaud and Andy Mohammed batted beautifully to see MMZ post the 100 run opening partnership with Mohammed scoring a quick 45 before he was out caught at the midwicket boundary off Sobin Ramphal. Persaud looks very solid at the crease was joined by the calm Saud Hussain. Persaud as we know is one of the best youth all-rounder in the country was left out of the USA under 19 squad for the under 19 world cup qualifier. Persaud put that behind him and continued to bat like a superstar.
Persaud on 49 played a glorious cover drive to bring up his half century. Husaain was bating well until he was out caught for 19. This brought the flamboyant USA under 19 batsman Trevis Ross to joined his mate at the crease. This pair saw MMZ to the 200 mark, with Ross being the aggressor played some attractive shot, as the overs were drying up Ross tried to go over the top was out caught for a well played 43. Persaud was joined by Majeed with the score on 220 for 3 in the 38th over and Persaud in the 90s things were getting tense for the young man. The jubilant moment came when he drove one through extra cover for a double to bring up what was a well deserved maiden hundred he whipped his USA cap off and celebrated to his team mates with a huge smile on his face, his knock includes six sweetly timed boundaries and two massive sixes . MMZ finishes on 228 for 3 off their 40 overs.
Galaxy sent out Vickram Petam and Alon Harmacoond to opened the batting, with young Rocky Kowchai and the off spinner, the experienced Zaaid Majeed on the ball for the MMZ boys. Rocky was first to strike bowled Harmacoond for two, skipper Sunesh Wazid joined his partner and didn’t last long edge a Kowchai delivery to gloveman Ajaz Asgarally. The young promising Rafeek Nazeer walked to the crease to joined Petam . Nazeer looks very composed as he played some fine shots around the park, he lost his partner Petam who was stumped by Asgarally for 10 off Majeed . Thackurdeen Dhanraj and Metray Balgobin were cleaned up by Azurdeen Mohammed for three and duck respectively. Nazeer found a reliable partner Yudesh Bissnauth. The pair batted well to bring up the hundred for Galaxy, this pair was batting well until the skipper switched around Saumil Gandhi and immediately he had the wicket of Nazeer caught at mid on by Amarnauth Persaud for a well played 33 , Bissnauth soon followed brilliantly caught by the substitute fielder Neel Patel who relish the opportunity to be part of the action, Bissnauth made a quick fire 48. Saud Hussain and Gandhi cleaned up the rest of the batsmen; Galaxy eventually was bowled out for 135 in 34.2 overs.
Summary: MMZ 228 for 3 off 40 overs, Amarnauth Persaud 100 not out, Azurdeen Mohammed 43 and Trevis ross 41
Bowling for Galaxy: Thakurdeen Dhanraj 1 for 34, Yudesh Bissnauth 1 for 36 and Sunesh Wazid 1 for 34.
Galaxy , 135 all out in 34.2 overs, Yudesh Bissnauth 48 and Rafeek Nazeer 33
Bowling for MMZ., Saumil Gandhi 8-1-33- 3 , Saud Hussain 2.2-0-2-2, Azurdeen Mohammed 8-3-12-2, Zaaid Majeed 5-0-10-1, Rocky Kowchai 6-1-13-1.
MMZ now on 40 points will host the experienced Everest/ACS at Bay Park on Sunday; both teams will be looking for vital points in this crucial round.
MMZ CC still have two more games remaining Richmond Hill CC on Sunday 11th August and then will play liberty Sports Club on August 18th.