Powergen Penal Club continue winning ways
Outstanding performances from leg-spinner Kyle Gookool who took five for 24 from eight overs and Ryan Oudit who made 58 helped defending champions Powergen Penal Sports Club (PPSC) to a five-wicket victory over Barbados Cricket League Juniors (BCLJ) in the Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament at Kings Park, St Phillip today.
BCLJ won the toss and made 141 all out in their allotted 40 overs and in response the visitors made 142 for five with seven overs to spare. Opening the batting for BCLJ were Andrew Clarke and Dario Belle. The pair put on 32 runs before the first wicket fell in the seventh over when Belle was caught by Gabriel Blackwell off the bowling of Dominic Vanolal for 11.
Shakeel Richards joined Clarke who was eventually dismissed for 19 caught by Jerve Cummins off the bowling of Gookool. The local boys appeared in a spot of bother when Powergen captured another quick wicket. This time it was number four batsman Jamar Ifill who went for a duck off the bowling of Gookool. Richards was still there with Jared Leacock who joined him after the wicket of Ifill. The two batted cautiously until eventually Richards went for 19 caught Samkaran Jordan off the bowling of Gookool once again.
Michael Rawlins came in but was soon back in the pavilion after being bowled by Gookool for just two. Leacock continued to press on at the other end. Captain Sylvester Moore joined him and the pair would put on a sixth-wicket partnership of 36 which was the highest partnership of the innings. However it was Leacock who did most of the scoring with Moore in survival mode only until he became Gookool’s fifth victim when he was caught by Adrian Paharry for three.
Chamar Holder added 15 to the score before he was caught by Negus Smith at second slip off the bowling of Jordan. Leacock continued to prop up the innings while wickets fell at the other end. Renaldo Boyce was the next batsman in and he nudged the ball around for a while before he went caught at point by Ryan Oudit off Blackwell for six. Blackwell finished with 3 for 16 from his 5.2 overs.
Shakeel Turney joined Leacock who was closing in on his half-century and eventually brought it up in the penultimate over while losing Turney at the other end. Turney was caught at square leg by Smith off Blackwell’s bowling. Rashed Eli was the last man in but Leacock was eventually dismissed, stumped on the second delivery of the final over by Powergen wicketkeeper Shaquille McDavid.
The visitors then cruised to their victory target with Oudit looking quite assured in his innings and playing both the spin and pace of the BCL Juniors with confidence. Medium pace bowler Shakeel Turney took three wickets for 38 from his eight overs to be the local side’s best bowler.
The playoffs are scheduled to take place tomorrow at various grounds across the island including Windward, Rices, Isolation, Bridgefield, Wayne Daniel, James Bryan, Briar Hall and Kings Park.