Nazeer’s special gives Blairmont thrilling win over Cold Fusion
Blairmont Blazers took the long journey from West Berbice to East Bank Essequibo and ensured they did not return home empty-handed by defeating Cold Fusion Cricket Club by six wickets on Sunday.
Played at the Tuschen Community ground, the possibility of any cricket during the morning hours seemed highly unlikely due to rain, and the riveting contest was produced late in the afternoon.
The organisers, who played the match under the COVID-19 guidelines, and also distributed face masks to all in attendance, managed to salvage a 12-over contest.
Cold Fusion, who are from the neighbouring village of Zeelugt, took the first strike and posted what looked to be an extremely daunting total of 142-7.
Senior national player Kevon Boodie smacked the first ball for four through square leg and kept on the attack during a power-packed 31. He struck four fours and a six, and was run via a direct hit from Seon Glasgow.
The hosts then lost wickets in quick procession until national youth player Andre Seepersaud played a solid hand of 40 (3x4s, 3x6s), which ensured Cold Fusion progress from 60-5 to 101-6.
The small and spaced gathering of vocal villagers were then treated to an exhibition of six-hitting from Ganesh Narine, who struck four consecutive maximums in his unbeaten 14-ball 29.
Twenty-one extras and 12 (1×4, 1×6) from skipper Tavindra Mangra got Cold Fusion up to up their total. Left-arm pacer Chris Harry took 2-16, while there was a wicket apiece for Nigel Deodat and Demetri Cameron.
Openers Marvin Prashad (10) and Kevon Jawahir added 24 for Blairmont, but it was the blistering combination of Jawahir and Zameer Nazeer that decimated Cold Fusion attack.
Jawahir, who made 24*, played second fiddle, and had the best seat as non-striker to some delightful strokes from Nazeer. Nazeer made a 23-ball 64 (3x4s, 8x6s) and got Blairmont up to 120 by the end of 10 overs.
Glasgow struck two sixes over long-on and the equation came down to 23 off 12. Tensions were evident by both teams and the fans, but the cool and collective Javid Karim won the match with five balls to spare.
With 23 needed off 12, Karim came up trump with a six-ball 16-ball and struck back-to-back sixes to seal the win.
Deputy Commander for Region Three, Boodnarine Persaud, who organised the match, expressed his gratitude to Blairmont for making the trip and the players for producing an exciting match.