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Sirju leads T&TEC to victory in SIS cricket
In what turned out to be a thriller at California Ground on Tuesday, Nu Iron Unlimited took on IPSL AUM as action continued in the SIS Industrial Cricket League. Having been sent in to bat first, AUM started slowly and only had twenty-three runs on the board halfway through the innings. Satish Goolcharan took charge though and blasted a quick-fire 30 that saw AUM get up to a very good eighty-three in their ten overs.
Nu Iron had a similar start as AUM but remained just above the required run rate throughout most of their innings. They lost their first wicket on twenty runs but opener Akeef Mohammed stood the anchor for Nu Iron. He blasted 50 runs which included six massive sixes as he ensured his team remained in the run chase.
Nu Iron needed seven runs from the last two overs and could taste victory but Goolcharan returned with the ball to bowl a maiden over that claimed two wickets, including that of top scorer Mohammed. A costly failed run out attempt from the AUM captain in the last ball of the last over allowed Nu Iron to get the two runs needed to secure their first victory of the competition, by three wickets.
Over at Plipdeco Ground, T&TEC continued their dominant performance. Fresh off the heals of their fifty six run victory over Arcelor Mittal, the electricity men scored their second successive ton as they overhauled Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited (PPGL) with ease. Captain Devindra Kangal was joined by M. Sirju after losing their first wicket with the score on ten in the first over as the pair ran roughshod over PPGPL’s bowling scoring 40 and 50 respectively. T&TEC looted a daunting 119 runs from PPGPL thanks mainly to both batsmen.
In reply, PPGPL lost their first wicket with just four runs on the board but never stood a chance. Wickets crumbled in quick succession as PPGPL could only manage 21 runs before running out of batsmen after only 5.2 overs.
Results for April 30
T&TEC 119/5 (M. Sirju 50, D. Kangal 40, N. Mahabir 2/11) vs PPGPL 21 all out (P. Jordan 2, J. Bhola 2/2, K. Raddix 2/4)
Result: T&TEC won by 98 runs
Man of the Match: M Sirju
IPSL AUM 83/5 (S. Sooknanan 30, S. Maharaj 16, D. Dass 2/23) vs Nu Iron 84/7 (A. Mohammed 50, S. Goolcharan 3/3)
Result: Nu Iron won by three wickets
Man of the Match: Akeef Mohammed