The Pacesetters managed to score 199 runs for four wickets after the Rising Stars scored a tough 198 runs in the Bahamas Cricket Association’s T/20 league at Haynes Oval on Saturday.
The Rising Stars won the toss and elected to bat first. They set a near-impossible 198 runs with eight wickets falling.
They were off to a great start, scoring 21 without a loss of wicket by the end of the third over. They scored several boundaries, including two sixes.
The Pacesetters claimed their first wicket in the fourth over after opening batsman Mark Graham went after a ball from Andrew Peters. He was caught by Johnathan Barry.
Graham was replaced by Stephan Murray at the crease.
Murray and Jagnauth Jagroo had a good partnership going before Jagroo was caught by Mark Levy. Whitcliff Atkinson was the bowler.
With the score at 46 runs with the loss of their two opening batsmen in the first six overs, the Rising Stars needed some stability.
Kevin Surujlal came in for Jagroo. He proved to be what they needed. Murray and Surujlal stabilized the Rising Star innings as they put on a fruitful partnership that saw 124 runs before Barry broke up the partnership, bowling Murray for 30 runs.
Murray had one six and three fours en route to his 30 runs.
During the partnership, Surujlal faced more balls and had a few sixes and fours.
Rudolph Fox came in and replaced Murray.
Surujlal got to a century as he raised his bat and was cheered on by his teammates. However, he was out on 104 runs when he was bowled by Barry.
In his inning, Surujlal had 12 boundaries that included six sixes and six fours. He did well to push his team.
They faltered and managed to score 18 runs as three of the tail end batsmen were run out.
They amassed 198 runs in 20 overs, almost 10 runs per over.
Barry took three wickers. Peters took two and Atkinson took one.
The Pacesetters needed 199 runs to win from 20 overs, a task that seemed unsurmountable but very possible.
They were ready to take on the challenge. After scoring five runs in the first over, they went ahead and scored 18 runs in the second over to get them on pace to reach their target of 199.
The third over was not as fortunate to them as the Rising Stars picked up their first victim, Levy. He was caught and bowled by Jagroo.
Barry replaced him. He and Atkinson put up a good stand before Barry was out for 25 runs. Barry recorded four fours.
Their partnership took Pacesetters to the century mark.
Ryan Tappin came in for Barry in the 12th over. By the end of the twelfth over the score was 120 for two. They needed 79 runs from 48 balls to pull out the win.
By the fourteenth over, the Pacesetters were in trouble as both Atkinson and Tappin were out.
Tappin was caught and bowled by Jamal Rolle for 27 runs. Atkinson was run out on 78 runs.
The fifth and sixth batsmen, Andrew Nash and Albert Peters, came in to replace them.
At the end of the 16th over, the Pacesetters scored 163 runs for the loss of four wickets and in need of 36 runs from 24 balls.
Nash and Peters only scored four runs in the 16th over, leaving the Rising Stars confident of winning the game.
With their backs against the wall, the Pacesetters needed a productive over. With the score at 178 with two overs remaining, Nash and Peters went into attack more.
They scored 14 overs in the 19th over, making the game very interesting. The score was 194 with six wickets in hand. They needed five runs from six balls, a very easy goal since they had the momentum.
They scored three singles and a double on Rising Stars Captain Jagroo. Poor fielding in the final over gave the game away.
Nash ended the inning not out on 28 runs knocking two sixes and one four.
Peters had 18 runs hitting a six and a four. He hit the double to long off to seal the victory for the Pacesetters.
Jagroo, James and Rolle each had one wicket each for the Rising Stars.
The Police took on St. Agnes yesterday. No results were available at press time.
Next weekend fixtures include the Westerns against the Lions on Saturday, November 17.
On Sunday, November 18, the Police will be in action against the Pacesetters.
All games start at 1 p.m. and will be played at Haynes Oval.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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