As matches in the GCB/DMLAS/MOE/NSSCL reaches the Upper Demerara-Highway District, St Cuthbert’s Mission Secondary created one of the biggest upsets of the 2016/2017 League, when they dethroned last year’s Upper Demerara-Highway District champions, Linden Foundation Secondary, in a 30-over match, played at the Bayroc ground in Upper Demerara.
Highway zone winners, St. Cuthbert’s Mission, won the toss and took full advantage of such fortune by electing to field first. Apparently having done their homework and realising that the Linden Foundation Secondary boys are very good at meeting targets, St. Cuthbert’s Mission Secondary tested the resolve of Linden Foundation Secondary, requesting of them to set a target score.
This move proved to be a very brilliant decision, as St. Cuthbert’s bowlers troubled the Linden Foundation Secondary batsmen, who found it very difficult to score freely, mainly due to some consistent and penetrative bowling, coupled with high intensity fielding and motivation gestures.
As a consequence, Linden Foundation Secondary folded for a paltry 123 in just 22.5 overs, a shocking start to their supporters, who obviously came to cheer on their proud home favorites. Jason Fung-Fee top scored with 27, while Aldin Kattow grabbed 3-7 off 3.5 overs, Zak Ferreira took 2-32 from five overs and Rabaul Poousammy 2-33 from five overs.
St. Cuthbert’s Mission Secondary in reply, batted aggressively to reach their target in 14.5 overs, but not before losing eight wickets. Linden Foundation Secondary must be commended for their effort in the field, which saw them make a desperate attempt to retain their Upper Demerara-Highway District title.
However, it was St. Cuthbert’s belligerent and combative approach that saw them surpass the measly target of 124 with a six. Batting for St. Cuthbert’s Mission Secondary, Mark Clenkian made an impressive 53, which included five sixes and five fours. Fung-Fee claimed 3-20 off three overs, while Wendel Courtman and Immanuel Larose both picked up two wickets apiece.
St. Cuthbert’s Mission will now play East Bank Demerara zone champions, Diamond Secondary, for the Upper Demerara-East Bank District Trophy on the Thursday (February 16) at the Bayroc ground in Upper Demerara from 11:00h.