U19 star Mayers leads CCC to victory
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Kyle Mayers came of age with a purposeful all-round performance to trump a half-century from Jason Mohammed and lead Combined Campuses & Colleges to a stunning five-wicket victory over Trinidad & Tobago in the Regional Super50 on Thursday.
The 19-year-old Mayers, a member of the West Indies Under-19 side that recently visited India, stroked a vital 40 not out that helped the CCC successfully chase 174 for victory in their Group-B match at the Everest Cricket Club.
Mayers, the Man-of-the-Match, drove Sherwin Ganga to long-on and past diving West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for a boundary to formalise the result.
The teenaged all-rounder had captured two wickets for 32 runs from seven overs with his steady medium-fast bowling, as Mohammed stroked a defiant 77 to lead a T&T revival, helping them to a respectable 173 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs after they were sent in to bat.
The result meant that CCC grab four points, placing them second in the group four points behind Jamaica, and leaving T&T to mull over how things went so awry at the start of another Super50 tournament.
CCC face the Jamaicans on Saturday at the same venue in their second group match, at the same time T&T meet joint defending champions Leewards at the Guyana National Stadium.
CCC began their reply in fine style. Miles Bascombe hit three fours and one six in the top score of 45 and their captain Romel Currency supported with 31.
They put on 76 for the first wicket inside the first 20 overs, but Rayad Emrit bowled Currency in the 21st over, and there was a considerable slowing down of the scoring.
Nicholas Alexis was a familiar foe for T&T and they removed him for a duck and followed up with the scalp of Bascombe, as CCC sunk to 86 for three in the 27th over.
Floyd Reifer used his experience to score an unbeaten 34 and with Nekoli Parris carried CCC past the 100-run threshold before disaster struck with two wickets falling rapidly.
Parris was stumped off Sherwin Ganga for nine and Ryan Wiggins was run out for a duck, after he wandered out his crease after turning a delivery from the same bowler to mid-wicket, where a lurking Emrit fired his return to wicketkeeper Stephen Katwaroo.
Mayers joined forces with Reifer, who struck West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for a straight six followed by a four in the 35th over, and they took CCC over the finish line with 62 - unbroken – for the sixth wicket.
Mayers was in a no-nonsense mood, hitting two deliveries from Cooper in the 45th over with authority for four, and later struck Sunil Narine audaciously down to long on, where the ball went through the legs of Bravo and into the boundary for four on both occasions.
Earlier, T&T were wobbling on 69 for five before Mohammed rescued them with nine fours and one six in his 107-ball innings.
He reached his half-century from 87 deliveries when he struck Nekoli Parris over long on for six.
T&T-born left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh again got the best of his compatriots in a regional competition. He finished with two for 30 from his allotment of 12 overs.
But Mohammed added 41 for the seventh wicket with Rayad Emrit and a handy 28 with Stephen Katwaroo, but the CCC bowlers kept a tight rein on the T&T batting – and reaped the rewards.
The RS50 continues on Friday, when Windwards play Barbados at Everest in their second Group-A match, at the same time hosts Guyana tackle West Indies High Performance Centre at the Guyana National Stadium.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (maximum 50 overs)
W. Perkins lbw b Kantasingh 0
J. Guillen run out 14
*D. Ganga lbw b Mayers 9
D.J. Bravo c Parris b Mayers 9
J. Mohammed run out 77
S. Ganga c wkpr Smith b Dawes 12
K. Cooper lbw b Kantasingh 10
R. Emrit run out 11
S. Badree b Parris 4
+S. Katwaroo not out 4
S. Narine not out 3
Extras (lb6, w13, nb1) 20
TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 173
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-22, 3-37, 4-43, 5-69, 6-88, 7-129, 8-142, 9-170
Bowling: Dawes 8-1-22-1, Kantasingh 12-4-30-2, Mayers 7-0-32-2, Austin 12-3-35-0, Parris 10-0-36-1, Currency 1-0-12-0
COMBINED CAMPUSES & COLLEGES (target: 174 off 50 overs)
*R. Currency b Emrit 31
M. Bascombe lbw b Narine 45
N. Alexis lbw b Cooper 0
F. Reifer not out 34
N. Parris st Katwaroo b S. Ganga 9
R. Wiggins run out 0
K. Mayers not out 40
Extras (w11, b2, lb5)18
TOTAL (5 wkts, 48.4 overs) 177
+J. Smith, J. Dawes, K. Kantasingh, R. Austin did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-76, 2-77, 3-86, 4-116, 5-116
Bowling: Badree 7-1-30-0, DJ Bravo 7-0-34-0, Narine 12-1-35-1, Emrit 6-2-10-1, Cooper 6-0-31-1, S. Ganga 10.5 2-30-1
Result: CCC won by five wickets
Points: CCC 4, T&T 0
Man-of-the-Match: K. Mayers (CCC)
Umpires: L. Abraham, N. Duguid
Match referee: A. Griffith