Ramdoo pilots Hummingbirds to win 50 overs cricket

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Kyle Ram­doo’s un­de­feat­ed cen­tu­ry and good sup­port­ing knock of 45 from Adri­an Ali help guid­ed Hum­ming­birds to a six-wick­et vic­to­ry over Scar­let Ibis in the Sports and Cul­ture Fund/TTCB Se­nior 50 Overs fi­nal at the Na­tion­al Crick­et Cen­tre in Bal­main, Cou­va on Sun­day.

Ram­doo carved out 119 not out from 140 balls with nine fours and four six­es as Hum­ming­birds chased down Scar­let Ibis 226, to end on 230 for four to be crowned cham­pi­ons of the Sports and Cul­ture Fund 50-Overs Tour­na­ment to win by six wick­ets.

Scar­let Ibis cap­tain Jahron Al­fred won the toss and elect­ed to take the first strike, and found them­selves in ear­ly trou­ble with open­er Nicholas Sookdeosingh out with­out scor­ing hav­ing faced one ball. Sha­trughan Ram­baran and An­drew Ram­baran put on 86 for the fourth wick­et. Fol­low­ing Sha­trughan’s de­par­ture for 44 off 54 balls, Al­fred and An­drew added an­oth­er 58 runs for the fifth wick­et while An­drew top-scored with 60 off 99 balls which helped them to post 226 for all out in 45.2 overs.

The de­ci­sion to bat first ap­peared to have back­fired when Scar­let Ibis lost three wick­ets for on­ly 31 runs on the score­board in­side the pow­er-play overs as vet­er­an all­rounder Mar­lon Richards sent back the pro­lif­ic Sookdeosingh with­out scor­ing, and Al­fred for just sev­en.

How­ev­er Sha­trughan Ram­baran hit four fours and a six in his 44, and to­geth­er with An­drew Ram­baran, the pair re­stored an ear­ly bat­ting col­lapse with an 86-run part­ner­ship for the fourth wick­et.

An­drew Ram­baran com­piled a pa­tient 60 with five bound­aries and a max­i­mum and get the Scar­let Ibis back in­to the game with a half-cen­tu­ry stand with the in­form Jahron Al­fred, who fell one run shy of a de­served half-cen­tu­ry for 49 runs.

Al­fred al­so put on 36 with Quin­ci Bebel (22) to lift Scar­let Ibis to a chal­leng­ing to­tal but in the end, it proved just short of what was nec­es­sary as they failed to bat out their 50 overs.

Shar­ing the wick­ets for Hum­ming­birds were Mar­lon Richards, An­der­son Ma­hase, Namir Suepaul, and Jo­van Ali with two apiece for 28, 23 and 39 runs re­spec­tive­ly, while Navid Badaisee and Samir Ali picked up one each. On­ly, Se­u­paul bowled his al­lot­ted 10 overs while Richards bowled five and Ma­hase 6.2.

In re­sponse, Hum­ming­birds’ open­ing bats­man Kyle Ram­doo, who grabbed the «Play­er of the Match» ho­n­ours and was ad­judged the «Best Bats­man» for his match-win­ning in­nings of 119 not out helped laid the plat­form for vic­to­ry with Kyle Roopc­hand in a 50-run open­ing stand. Roopc­hand scored 29 and skip­per Adri­an Ali con­tributed 45 off 79 balls and Navin Bidaisee added 23 off 29 balls.

Spin­ner Rick­ey Jaipaul of Scar­let Ibis was ad­judged the «Best Bowler» for his spell of three wick­ets for 38 runs in his al­lot­ted ten overs with one maid­en.

SUM­MARISE SCORES

SCAR­LET IBIS 226 all out; 45.2 overs (An­drew Ram­baran 60, Jahron Al­fred 49, Sha­trughan Ram­baran 44, Quin­ci Ba­bel 30, Teshawn Cas­tro 21; An­der­son Ma­hase 2/23, Mar­lon Richards 2/28, Namir Se­u­paul 2/39) vs HUM­MING­BIRDS 230-4; 49 overs (Kyle Ram­doo 119 n.o., Adri­an Ali 45, Kyle Roopc­hand 29, Navin Bidaisee 23) Hum­ming­birds won by six wick­ets.

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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