Lusignan crowned Banks Beer 100-Ball champions

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By Avenash Ramzan

Lusignan Sports Club emerged with a comprehensive 64-run win over Enmore on Sunday night to lift the Banks Beer 100-Ball title for the second year in a row at the Enmore Community Centre ground.

The victory means Lusignan turned the table on the hosts, who won the SPR Enterprise 40-over title the last time these two sides met in a final a month ago.

Lusignan, batting first under floodlights, racked up an imposing 150-6 and then made some telling early blows with the ball, eventually dismissing Enmore for 86 to silence a massive crowd, predominantly supporting the home team.

Robin Williams receives his Man-of-the-Match award from Amanda Tiwari

Opener Robin Williams, who won the Man-of-the-Match award, gave Lusignan an electrifying start, blazing to a topscore of 44, an innings that included five sixes and two fours.

Gavin Boodwah chipped in with 31 (2x4s, 2x6s), Somnauth Bharrat 20 (2x4s, 1×6) and Kumar Bishundial 17 (2x6s). Bowling for Enmore, the spin trio Satesh Jainarine (2-16), Christopher Surat (2-26) and Yuvraj Dayal (1-29) were the wicket-takers.

Lusignan skipper Shazam Ali (left) collects the championship trophy from Gavin Jodhan of Banks DIH Limited

In the run-chase, half of Enmore’s batting was dislodged with just 51 runs on the board as Lusignan’s bowlers struck at regular intervals. New-ball pair Jagdesh Dowlatram (2-14) and Vickram Doodnauth (2-15) did the early damage, before Chanderpaul Ramraj claimed 2-0 and Williams 1-19.

Rudolph Singh (17) and Surat (15) were the leading scorers for Enmore.

In the third place playoff, a high-scoring affair, Strathavon pipped Lusignan East by one run. Sewchand Budhu’s 89 and Gobinram Hemraj’s 57 led Strathavon to 181-3, and despite 77 from Hardeo Jailall, Lusignan East fell short.

Enmore captain Bheemraj Ramkelawan (right) receives the runner-up trophy from Shameer Shahib of Banks DIH Limited

Tournament awards

Winner- Lusignan SC

Runner-up- Enmore

Man-of-the-Match in final- Robin Williams

Third place- Strathavon SC

Fourth place- Lusignan East

Man-of-the-Match in third place game- Sewchand Budhu

East Coast Cricket Committee awards

Most runs in 100-Ball tournament- Imran Hassan (327)

Most wickets in 100-Ball tournament- Chris Surat (10)

Most runs in T20 tournament- Imran Hassan

Most wickets in T20 tournament- Amir Khan

Most runs in 40-over tournament- Richard Chaturia (330)

Most wickets in 40-over tournament- Yuvraj Dayal (18)

Team of the Year- Enmore

The Committee also recognised East Coast players Jagdesh Dowlatram, Chanderpaul Ramraj, Chaitram Balgobin, Ajay Gainda, Anthony Khan and Omari Lallbachan for making Guyana youth teams during 2019.

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