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Enforcers knock off the Lions

Taylor Jr. scores 53 runs to lead his team to victory
Police Enforcers’ Greg Taylor Jr. attempts a pull shot during his team's victory over the Lions in the KFC Six-a-Side Cup tournament at Haynes Oval on Sunday. Taylor scored 53 runs. TORRELL GLINTON

Greg Taylor Jr. accounted for 53 runs to lead the Police Enforcers to victory over the Lions Cricket Club to win the KFC Six-a-Side Cup at Haynes Oval on Sunday.

The Enforcers won the toss and elected to bat first. After five overs, they amassed a total of 76 runs.

Enforcers’ opening batsman, star player Marc Taylor was out in the first over for three runs. He was called out as Lee Melville bowled a ball on his off-side. Taylor went for the shot, but the ball grazed his bat and went to the wicket-keeper Kevin Surujlall who made the catch. The Lions celebrated as they recorded a key out.

Sandeep Goud was the next batsman. Goud was eventually bowled out by George Ramserran for only four runs. Taylor put his shoulders down and decided that as captain he will lead his team to a big run total. He did not disappoint as he put on a batting clinic for the spectators. He hit balls all over the field including a few sixes and fours. His best stretch came in the fourth over when he hit four powerful sixes. Taylor was not out at the end of five overs on the way to an unbeaten 53 runs. Julio Jemison added 10 runs.

The Lions needed 77 runs to win. They looked confident that they would be able to reach that total.

Surujlall and Jack Ganpat opened the batting for Lions. Ganpat was bowled out by Gregory Brown for just two runs. Melville scored eight runs. He was bowled out by Goud in the third over to put the Enforcers in the driver’s seat.

The Enforcers’ bowlers frustrated the Lions’ batsmen as they strategically set the field to allow singles and doubles rather than boundaries.

Surujlall made a heroic effort to bring his Lions close to the target number of runs but his batting prowess was not enough as the bowlers wore him down.

At the end of the fifth over, the Lions fell short by 15 runs due to strategic defense by the Enforcers. Enforcers’ captain Taylor said the Lions did well. “They did well, and we were able to still win the game,” he said.

Taylor said the early loss of his brother was difficult for his team as he was their best batsman, but they regrouped.

“It wasn’t part of our game plan. He is our best batsman. I was able to go in and score 53 runs and I feel pretty good about that. I had to use strategy because the guys were dropping like flies, so I wanted to hold one end and get the runs,” Taylor said.

Regarding his team’s defensive strategy, Taylor said: “We were able to restrict them. What we did was, we put our wicket-keeper on the boundary so any ball that went in the back was only two runs. Normally it would be four runs. We put all of our guys on the boundary to restrict them.”

The KFC Cup featured six teams – the Enforcers, the Lions, the Rising Stars, the Pacesetters, St. Agnes and the Western Stingers. The tournament began on Friday and ended on Sunday.

The Bahamas Cricket Association (BCA) regular season is winding down.

The Nations Cup’s semi-finals will be held on Saturday. The first game will be played at 11 a.m. between the World Team and Jamaica. At 3 p.m., Guyana will play The Bahamas.

On Sunday, the Rising Stars will face off against Lions at 11 a.m. in their playoff match-up. All three games will be played at Haynes Oval.

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