By Royston Alkins
Centuries from Kevon Boodie and Kemol Savory highlighted the final day of the Police Sports Club (PSC) and Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), GISE, Star Party Rental and Trophy Stall first division two-day match yesterday at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground.
Resuming on 4-0 after a solitary over on Saturday evening, MSC squandered a useful opening stand and were bundled out for 113 in 31.3 overs.
The innings quickly disintegrated to 102 for 5 as Adams (4-43), and Heimchan Persaud (6-36) ran through the middle and lower orders with little fuss.
Barker (52), during that time, stood alone and brought up his fifty in a knock which included three fours and the same amount of sixes before he was LBW to Heimchan.
The next five wickets fell for 11 runs as PSC took first innings points and a precious lead of 43.
PSC began their second innings purposefully and with a bit of luck as skipper Kevon Boodie got the innings going by flicking the fourth ball of seamer Rawl Merell out the ground for six.
He was dropped off the very next delivery and made MSC pay by unleashing an array of savage shots.
He launched into Barker, taking him for 16 runs in an over while his opening partner Andrew Lyght Jr., who was also dropped of the unlucky Merrel, took a liking to him too and eased him for two maximums in the fifth over as the opening stand moved to 51 – 0 from five overs.
Lyght Jr., however, fell going for another maximum, caught on the mid-wicket boundary for 22 with the score on 57 – 1.
Boodie, nonetheless, continued to motor on and brought up his 50 by tugging Barker over wide long on for six as he led his side to 92 – 1 in 10.1 overs at the tea interval. Boodie resumed the final session on 56 while Kemol Savory, who had joined him after the dismissal of Lyght Jr., began the final session on nine.
Boodie continued from where he left off and found the boundary with consistent ease to race to his century before he fell for 112 after smashing 12 sixes and five fours.
He fell with the score on 169 for two. Savory all the while, accumulated the singles and got the odd boundary and shared in a 77 run fourth wicket partnership with Adams (45) and he too soon reached 50.
The last hour, however, saw him shifting gear and recording his century, an unbeaten innings of 101 which was decorated with three fours and five sixes. He shared in a 110-run, fifth-wicket partnership with Pernel London (62) as PSC ended the match on 356 – 3 after grabbing their maximum batting points while booking their place in the semis. (Stabroek News)