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Rising Stars, Pacesetters victorious in BCA T20 action

The Rising Stars took advantage of the Westerns as they won by 89 runs in Bahamas Cricket Association’s (BCA) T20 League action on Saturday at Windsor Park. On Sunday, the Pacesetters were victorious against the St. Albans developmental team by 57 runs at Haynes Oval.

Rising Stars over the Westerns

The Risings Stars amassed a high-scoring 252 runs for the loss of just one wicket in 20 overs to defeat the Westerns who scored 163 runs for the loss of four wickets in 20 overs.

For the Rising Stars, opening batsmen Marlon Graham and Jagnauth Jagroo put on a batting clinic as Graham finished with 127 not out and Jagroo scored 63 runs before being caught.

They were off to a fast start, scoring 52 runs in the first five overs to average just above 10 runs per over. The Rising Stars scored 20 runs in the sixth over. They got to 100 runs in the ninth over and were up to a total of 105 runs without a wicket falling.

Jagroo was the first and only man out as he was caught by Gregory Irving on an Andrew Mitchell delivery. Jagroo scored 63 runs that included two sixes and eight fours. The other task for the Westerns was to find a way to get Graham, who looked in form, out.

The Westerns failed in their bid to get new batsman Kevin Surujlal and centurion Graham out as both had a great inning. Graham finished with 127 runs and Surujlal finished with 41 runs, nine runs shy of a half century. Graham had three sixes and eight fours. After several singles to start his inning, Surujlal finished with three powerful sixes and three fours.

The Westerns needed to 253 runs in 17 overs to win the game. They were penalized three overs because of their tardiness.

Irving and Hamilton Gilliard were the openers for them, and they had a slow start to their innings. They both fell by the sixth over. Irving finished with 10 and Gilliard was out on seven runs.

Adrian Reid and Romario Codner came in and picked up the run rate a little. They took their team to the half-century mark in the eighth over. Four overs later they reached the century mark. The partnership reached 100 runs in over number 15.

Reid was on 47 runs after he hit the wicket to end their partnership on 113 runs as the Westerns were on 150 runs in the 16th over. Reid had one six and seven fours.

Jason Sterling replaced Reid as he and Codner took the Westerns to 163. Cordner was stumped out on the final ball of the game.

Jamal Rolle and Sarwan Mangal took one wicket each in the win for the Rising Stars.

Pacesetters over St. Albans

It was another teachable moment for the developing St. Albans team as the Pacesetters scored 200 runs in 15 overs to defeat them by 53 runs.

Winning the toss was the Pacesetters and they elected to bat first.

Opener Whitcliff Atkinson and Mark Levy had a good inning as their partnership produced 123 runs. Atkinson was out on 74 runs as he was caught by Scotty Brown on a delivery from Vinesh Jagroo in the 11th over. Atkinson found the boundary 11 times as he knocked six sixes and five fours.

Jonathan Barry was out for 22 runs after being bowled by Brown. He hit a six and three fours. Levy retired injured on 60 runs, an inning that included one six and five fours.

Andrew Nash rounded out the scoring for the Pacesetters with nine runs that included a six.

Jagroo and Brown both finished with one wicket. They both had 24 runs scored during their spells.

For St. Albans, they had a tough task ahead of them as they had to charter their way to 201 runs in 15 overs.

It was a good start to their innings as Greg Taylor Jr. and Jagroo piloted them to a 12-run first over. The Pacesetters tightened their bowling after the fifth over, with St. Albans up to 44 runs.

Taylor and Jagroo’s partnership ended at 108 runs in the 11th over with Taylor out on a delivery from Atkinson.

After Taylor was out, the batting slowed down as St. Albans scored just 35 runs in the following four overs.

Jagroo was out on 23 runs. He had three fours.

Peters got one wicket as he gave up 35 runs.

Cricket action resumes this weekend with the Nations Cup taking place. Asia plays the World team at Windsor Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Bahamas will play Guyana at Haynes Oval at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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