Foo (133*) and Surujnarine (119*) upstage Yadram’s 163 in 25-over match
National cricketer Jonathan Foo smashed an unbeaten 133 from 66 balls and Kandasammy Surujnarine made 119* from 71 balls, which led Clermont Cricket Club of Florida to a nine-wicket victory over Everest Masters on Friday.
The duo featured in an unbroken 244-run partnership in the chase of 269 in 25 overs.
Everest Masters had set a mammoth 268-2 total on the back of National all-rounder Bhaskar Yadram’s blistering 163 from just 77 balls. The right-hander smashed 15 sixes and nine fours before he was dismissed by Devendra Bishoo. Sahadeo Hardieow was the other batsman dismissed for one.
Yadram shared a stand of 222 with opener Basil Persaud, who stroked 69 (9x4s; 1x6s) from 62 balls, while Richie Looknauth supported with an unbeaten 24 (3x6s).
Bishoo ended with 1-60 from his five overs and Sharaz Ramcharran had 1-55 off his five.
In response, the Clermont unit who are on tour in Guyana, lost Elroy Fernandes for just nine off the bowling of Rajesh Singh, but his demise brought together the power-package of Foo and Surujnarine, who belted the bowlers to all parts.
Foo plundered eight maximums and 11 fours, while Surujnarine cleared the ropes seven times and struck 13 fours, which sealed the comfortable win with nine balls to spare.
Clermont’s captain Krishana Harricharan explained the team is largely compromised of players who are from Berbice, some of whom migrated to the United States. They are on their first tour to Guyana as a club.
Prior to the Everest clash, Clermont won against Chesney Masters and Jai Hind Masters, and lost to Edinburg Masters.
Everest Masters skipper Rajesh Singh said it was not the result they wanted, but it was still a quality match. He disclosed that should the COVID-19 situation improve and the weather remains good, they will look to play 15-16 games this year and restart their overseas tours.