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Belcon Hits 68 to leave Merry Boys in Control

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Aneil Kanhai

Mario Belcon led the way for Merry Boys yesterday, as the leader ended day one in a commanding position against Clico Preysal in round eight of the Shanghai Construction Group National League at the Inshan Ali Park. Belcon was one of four batsmen getting half-centuries as Merry Boys battet first and posted a massive 353/7 declared. Belcon top scored with 68, while Aneil Kanhai (65), Aaron Alfred (54) and young Amir Jangoo (51) all made valuable contributions to the total. Left-handed Jangoo led the national Under-17 team to the West Indies Cricket Board Tobago House of Assembly U-17 50-over title last year. Guyanese spinner Narsingh Deonarine was the only successful bowler, grabbing 3/71.


In reply, Preysal closed the day on 67/5, still 286 runs behind Merry Boys. Deonarine scored 32, while Videsh Sookhai pitched in with 26. Kashtri Singh (2/2) and Javon Searles (2/11) were the chief destroyers for Merry Boys, as they both bagged two wickets. At the Queen’s Park Oval, second placed Queen’s Park dominated Alescon Comets to give themselves a great chance of an outright win. Comets were bundled out for a paltry 77 runs, as national left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein took 6/35. Daron Cruickshank bagged 3/17, while Vishal Singh (45) was the only batsman to show resilience. Singh was the lone batsman to get into double figures.


Jeremy Solozano, who represented the West Indies U-19 team earlier this year, ended the day on 123 not out leading the Parkites to 253/2. Solozano’s knock came off 216 balls, which included 15 fours and one six. After losing captain Justin Guillen for 23, Solozano and Darren Bravo shared in a 194-run stand before the latter fell for 84 with the score on 234. Bravo struck five fours and five sixes in his knock. Defending champions Powergen are also in a position to grab an outright win. Batting first Powergen posted 206 behind 35 from West Indies wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin. Spin bowler Kavesh Kantasingh then took 3/45, as Bamboo was 138/8 at stumps. All matches continue today at 9.30 am. 

At Inshan Ali Park: Merry Boys 353/7 dec (Mario Belcon 68, Aneil Kanhai 65, Aaron Alfred 54, Amir Jangoo 51, Narsingh Deonarine 3/71) vs Preysal 67/5 (Deonarine 32, Videsh Sookhai 26, Kashtri Singh 2/2, Javon Searles 2/11)

At Esmeralda: Esmeralda 146 (Ethan Bhal 43, Keon Isaac 39, Daniel St Clair 3/30, Amir Khan 3/49) and 157/3 (Trevon Griffith 69, Anthony D’Andrade 56 no) vs Tableland 121 (Evin Lewis 40, William Perkins 28, Ahkeel Mollon 4/40, Isaac 3/26, Kerwin Sirju 2/27)

At Bamboo: Powergen 206 (Denesh Ramdin 35, Nicholas Sookdeosingh 31, Sherwin Ganga 24, Selvin Jacobs 5/83, Yannic Cariah 2/12) vs Bamboo 138/8 (Nashwan Latchman 33, Krishna Arjune 31, Kavesh Kantasingh 3/45, Ancil Bhagan 2/17)

At Queen’s Park Oval: Comets 77 (Vishal Singh 45, Akeal Hosein 6/35, Daron Cruickshank 3/17) vs Queen’s Park 253/2 (Jeremy Solozano 123 no, Darren Bravo 84, Singh 1/6, Marlon Barath 1/66)

At Honeymoon Park: Caldrac 199 (Omesh Ramoutar 45, Allen Laurent 40, Franklyn Rouse 31, Vikash Mohan 5/51, Nameer Seepaul 4/51) vs Moosai 108/5 (Adrian Cooper 35 no, Isiah Rajah 27, Laurent 3/7)

At Wilson Road: Clarke Road 328 (Ryan Ramdass 138, Yannick Ottley 30, Adrian Ali 28, Ray Jordan 28, Ranga Lachana 28, Nishal Gayadeen 5/90, Hanuman Moonsammy 2/10) vs Munroe Road 93/6 (Shaquille Allick 36 no, Jordan 2/28, Derone Davis 2/36)


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