NORTH Under-17s comfortably defeated their South counterparts on Saturday to retain their title in the second annual Vasha’s Foods North/South Cricket Classic staged at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.
NavinBedaisee was adjudged “Man-of-the-Match” for an impressive all-round performance grabbing two wickets for 15 runs, and a fighting undefeated 52 as North successfully reached their winning target of 131 runs in 36.2 of their allotted 50 overs.
Also featuring prominently in the day-night victory was North captain KirstanKallicharan who struck an attractive 33 and shared an important partnership of 60 with Bedaisee after their team was rocked by the early dismissal of Jayden Seales for just one run, with the score on 14.
But Bedaisee and Leonardo Francis, who made 16, put on 48 to repair the early damage as the South bowlers bowled a tight line and made their opponents fight for every run on a slow,
Earlier South won the toss in brilliant sunshine and elected to take first strike but were soon reduced to five runs for two wickets after sharp North fielding and miscommunication between the batsmen resulted in the unfortunate run outs of Christian Thurton and Matthew Patrick.
It soon became 11 for three, and then 20 for four, as TeShawn Alleyne grabbed another two quick wickets to put South on the skids, but the perilous situation was restored by skipper Cephas Cooper and Justyn Gangoo who both took the score to 64 in the biggest partnership of the innings.
Cooper top-scored with 44 to continue his consistent batting performances over the season, Gangoo contributed 11 while the next best contribution came from AvinashMahabirsingh (24) batting at No 10.
However, it was a steady procession for the South batters to and from the players’ enclosure as TeronJadoo, voted the best bowler of the classic, took three wickets for 25 runs in nine overs, and Kallicharan and Bedaisee took two apiece, as the 14-man South squad totalled 130 in 42.5 overs.
Present at the Under-17 Classic were top Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board officials Azim Bassarath, president; first vice-president Dr Allen Sammy; second vice-president LalmanKowlessar, and executive member Tarandath Sammy.
Representatives of sponsors Vasha Foods and fresh farms Limited Derwin Gordon (Sales Manager), and Brent Boodoowitnessed the match and latter assisted in the distribution of awards.Limited
Apart from trophies and medals, there was a presentation of a $800 gift voucher from A&A Sports limited, and a free video analysis session at the K Rampat Indoor Facility presented to “MOM” Bedaisee by Joanna Bickramdass, Database Manager.
The Vasha’s Foods North/South Classic concludes on Monday (June 6) when the Under-13s bid for bragging rights in a rescheduled match, moved from Friday last because of the rainy weather which rendered the NCC venue waterlogged and unplayable.
The match starts at 2 pm.
Yesterday (June 5), the Under-19s were locked in battle at the NCC in another day-night encounter, as North took the second step in an attempt to repeat a clean sweep of the Vasha’s Foods North/South age group classics which their cricketers impressively achieved last year.
North U17s vs South U17s
South Inns 130 All Out (42.5 overs) Cephus Cooper 44, AvinashMahabirsingh 24, Kyle Madoo 13, TeronJadoo 9-2-25-3, TeShawn Alleyne 5-0-18-2, NavinBedaisee 4.5-0-15-2, KirstanKallicharan 3-0-5-2
North Inns131 for three wkts (36.2 Overs) NavinBedaisee 52 not out, KirstanKallicharan 33, Jarrod Samaroo 3-0-24-1, Kyle Madoo 6-0-27-1, Cephas Cooper 5-0-14-1
Man-of-the-Match: NavinBedaisee (North)
Best Batsman: NavinBedaisee (North)
Best Bowler: TeronJadoo (North)