By Jerry Persaud
A brilliant all-round performance from veteran Derrick Kallicharran who took 3 wickets for 13 runs off his allotted 8 overs and made 59 not out which contained 6 fours and 4 sixes, enabled Enmore Cricket Club to defeat the overrated
Centurion C.C. last Sunday at Lido Beach. Enmore by virtue of this win took them to the first place going into the EACA Division II playoff.
Centurion in winning the toss opted to take first strike and opened their batting with former US under 19 player Trevor Singh and the classical S. Ramjohn. Both openers was batting fluently despite a few dropped catches until Jason Thomas was introduced into the attack and accounted for the first wicket, that of Ramjohn LBW for 48 ( 7x4 & 1x6)K. Jairam was the next in but did not survived for too long and was also out LBW to Thomas. In came the talented cricketer Troy Doodnauth who started off very cautiously.
Kallicharran was introduced into the attack and had Singh dancing down the track only to be deceived and stumped by stand-in wicket keeper Nicky Joseph for a well played 50. O Myrie came in next and after driving Kallicharran for a beautiful four was out in Kallicharran's next over caught for 10. As wickets started falling as Kallicharran accounted for the next two batsmen. Troy must have felt that his team needed him to step up the tempo. In attempting to go after hitting a six and couple of fours, he was out caught by Asif Ali on the Long off boundary off the bowling of Leroy Jackman for a well played 41.
Centurion were then bowled out for 216 runs off 36.2 overs.
Batting for Centurion: S. Ramjohn - 48
T. Singh - 50
T. Doodnauth - 41
Bowling for Enmore:
Jason Thomas 2 for 54
Derrick Kallicharran - 3 for 13
Leroy Jackman 2 for 16.
Enmore in reply opened their batting with the dependable Safraz Ali and Mark Gomes. Safraz was the first to go via the LBW route pushing way in front for 35 that contained five fours. Nigel Bridgelall was the next in and he stick around for a while. Mark Gomes was the second wicket to go via LBW for a well played 30 that contained four boundaries. Nicky Joseph was the next to go, caught for 1 and Charlton Senior following suit, caught for 11. In came Kallicharran, who showed it is not too old to play this glorious game of uncertainties as long as you are fit. After taking a peek at a few deliveries, Kallicharran opened up and started to hit some glorious boundaries, one of them was a effortless 6 over the cover boundary, that went a long way.
Enmore sensing victory with the partnership of Bridgelall and Kallicharran, suffered a bit of set back, when Nigel was out LBW for 37, playing a tired shot. Captain Saheed Mohamed then came in, struck three fours and a six before he was out caught off a long hop.
Asif Ali came in and went back in a flash to the pavilion when he was out LBW for a first ball duck. Jackman joined Kallicharran and the two of them saw Enmore to victory at 219 for 6 off 36.3 overs.
Batting for Enmore:
D. Kallicharran 59 Not Out.
S. Ali - 35
M. Gomes - 30.
N. Bridgelall - 37
S. Mohammed - 21.
Bowling for Centurion:
N. Nandan - 3 for 30.
S. Ramjohn 2 for 47.
V. Persaud 2 for 25
T. Doodnauth 0 for 45.
Enmore will now play NY All-stars in the semifinals this Sunday at the beautiful Lido Ground.