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Clarke Road captures Sunday League title
FCB Clarke Road United are the new Sunday League 50-over champions, after captain Sean Siloch led by example to set up a convincing 72-run victory over defending champions Queen’s Park at the UWISPEC ground, St Augustine, on Wednesday night.
After losing the early wicket of wicket-keeper batsman Adrian Ali for seven, Siloch and Ryan Ramdass combined in a second wicket partner- ship of 111 that took the score to 121, before the captain was dismissed for 72. Siloch faced 90 balls and struck seven fours and a six. Ranga Lachana, then cracked two fours and three sixes in a brisk 38.
When Ramdass was out for 61, Nicolas Pooran and Yannick Ottley took over, propelling the total to an imposing 282/7. Pooran struck a brisk 44 (27 balls), that included two fours and four sixes. Ottley was more watchful, scoring an unbeaten 30 off 29 balls (two sixes). Medium pace bowler Kevon Cooper was Queen’s Park’s best bowler, with 4/41 in 10 overs.
In reply, the Parkites lost early wickets and were reduced to 57/3 in the 11th over, with cap- tain Justin Guillen, Jeremy Solozano and Marlon Barclay all dismissed. When Tion Webster was sent packing by Kissoondath Magram for 10, the defending champions were starring defeat on 106/5 in the 27th over.
However, Petrock Nicholas, who top scored with 87, led a recovery. Nicholas and Khary Pierre shared in an 83- run stand as the Parkites got a glimmer of hope.
Unfortunately, when Nicholas was dismissed, the Parkites were 189/6 with only 11 overs remaining. The tail did not offer much resistance as Queen’s Park were all out for 210 in 47.1 overs to hand Clarke Road an emphatic win. Spin bowler Derone Davis took 4/39, while Kyle Mayers snatched 2/44.
AT UWI SPEC: Clarke Road 282/7 (Sean Siloch 72, Ryan Ramdass 61, Nicolas Pooran 44, Ranga Lachana 38, Yannick Ottley 30 no, Kevon Cooper 4/41) vs Queen’s Park 210 (47.1 overs) (Petrock Nicholas 87, Justin Guillen 39, Khary Pierre 27, Derone Davis 4/39, Kyle Mayers 2/44) Clarke Road won by 72 runs