Seventh Busta T20 Festival title for Enterprise
The Yadram brothers- Bhaskar and Kamesh- made telling contributions, while former national player Zaheer Mohamed played his part to power Enterprise Busta Sports Club (EBSC) to a commanding 73-run win over Fairfield in the final of the Busta T20 Festival.
It was the seventh title for the EBSC in the nine-year history of the tournament, which is exclusively sponsored by Guyana Beverages Inc., under its Busta soft drink brand.
Playing at the Enterprise Community Centre, EBSC rattled up 189-9 in the allotted 20 overs, before skittling out Fairfield for 116.
Bhaskar Yadram smashed 91 and Mohamed struck 50 for EBSC, while D. Lovell claimed 4-16 for Fairfield, who found the bowling of Kamesh Yadram (4-22) and Chatterpaul Singh (3-16) difficult to handle. Ramnarine Chaturia and Richard Chaturia made 30 and 29 respectively.
EBSC had motored to the final following a comprehensive 161-run drubbing of East Strikers in the second semi-final. Bhaskar Yadram cracked 119, the competition’s only hundred; Ameir Habib struck 49 and Kamesh Yadram 39 in a massive total of 244-3.
B. Samaroo picked up 4-15, Vivian Albert bagged 3-11 and R. Pooran 3-13 as East Strikers were then dismissed for 83.
In semi-final one, Ramnarine Chaturia starred with bat and ball, spurring Fairfield to a 46-run win over Better Hope. Chaturia hit 66 and R. Singh took 3-17 in Fairfield’s 139-7, before Better Hope were restricted to 93-9. R. Singh made 38, while Chaturia took 3-16.
In the third place game, a 15-over contest, Better Hope defeated East Strikers by 34 runs. R. Singh made 44 in Better Hope’s 135-8. Khemraj Jailall took 4-30 for East Strikers, who were shot out for 101 with J. Jailall making 28 and R. Rohaman taking 3-28.
A total of 14 teams participated in this year’s competition and the organisers are aiming for as many as 20 in 2018. The final day of the competition was witnessed in parts by Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Sport, Dr. George Norton, and Guyana Cricket Board Secretary and Cricket West Indies Director, Anand Sanasie.