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The Bahamas, World teams secure wins in cricket

The Bahamas Cricket Association (BCA) resumed local league action this past weekend after being off for the summer. Action took place with the Nations League TwentyTwenty (T20) tournament at Haynes Oval with The Bahamas and the World teams securing victories.

The World team took down Asia by four runs in a close contest that saw them weathered Sandeep Goud’s knock of 130 runs. The Bahamas dominated Jamaica with an eight-wicket victory.

The World won the toss in their match and elected to bat. It was a great choice for them as they were able to amass 226 runs. Most of those runs were scored by opening batsman Kevin Surujlal. He tallied 84 runs, falling just 16 runs short of a century. Surujlal finished with 12 fours and four sixes to position his team on the right path in the 12th over. He had two partnerships of 68 runs. The World was at 136 runs for the loss of two wickets at that point.

Eugene Duff and Kemar Polius made sure they stayed at the crease the rest of the way as they finished with a 90-run partnership.

Duff finished with 61 runs while Polius scored 32 runs as they set a 227 runs target for Asia to chase.

Goud opened the batting for the Asia squad and was able to take them to 172 runs for the loss of three wickets. His knock of 130 runs by the 15th over was a great way to set his team up for a victory. His innings 

included 14 fours and 10 sixes for a whopping 24 boundaries. Unfortunately, the rest of his teammates could not get their bats going as they were all out for 222 runs.

The World sport a 1-2 win/loss record while Asia has a 1-3 record.

On Sunday, The Bahamas dominated Jamaica as the game was dropped to 12 overs. Jamaica won the toss and batted first. The first wicket fell early in the match with Jamaica scoring 36 runs.

Five more wickets fell before the century mark and Jamaica had 96 runs for the loss of six wickets after 11 overs. At the end of the 12 overs, Jamaica had 104 runs – a run rate of 8.67. They were led by Orlando Howell with 25 runs and Kevon Hinds with 24 runs.

The Bahamas got off to a fast start, scoring 17 runs in the first over. They lost a wicket in the next over. National team players Marc Taylor and Johnathan Barry had a partnership of 54 runs before Taylor got out for 40 runs in the ninth over. The Bahamas had 74 runs for the loss of two wickets with three overs left. Barry and Everette Haven led The Bahamas to its 105-run target as Barry finished with 28 runs and Haven scored eight. The Jamaican squad gave up 19 extras.

The Bahamas is now 1-1 while Jamaica is 1-2.

Cricket action continues this weekend with the Lions playing the Pacesetters at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday’s game will pit St. Agnes against the Police at 2 p.m.

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Simba French

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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