In what was a thrilling encounter, New GPC Inc. defeated Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation ( GPHC) by three wickets with a mere two deliveries to spare in a feature 15- over softball match on Friday evening at the world famous GCC ground, Bourda.
Scores in the match, which was played under floodlights: GPHC 153- 6 from 15 overs; New GPC 154- 7 from 14.4 overs. Batting first, GPHC racked up their challenging total after enjoying a fruitful final over which yielded 22 runs. Up until that over, the New GPC lads, playing under the Limacol brand, were enjoying the better of the exchanges.
However, the last six deliveries were hammered to all parts of the outfield by Asif Juman and Faeem Azeem to swing the momentum in GPHCâ€™s favour at the innings break.
Juman led the way with a blistering unbeaten 57 ( 3x4s, 3x6s), and Azeem made 25 not out ( 2x6s, 1×4). They were supported by Hemchand Jagroo, who made 21 with three sixes, and Saif Razack, whose 18 included two fours and a six.
Jamel Fraser and Marvin Griffith took 2- 9 and 2- 22 respectively for New GPC, who responded in positive fashion with openers Ricky Lall and Sudesh Daniram adding a brisk 32 for the first wicket.
After the dismissal of Daniram was followed by another wicket the next delivery to make it 32- 2, Lall and Kem Agard repaired the damage with an entertaining third wicket partnership of 74.
At 106- 2 in the ninth over, New GPC supporters were anticipating an early finish, but GPHC bowlers turned the screws on the scoring with four quick wickets, before skipper Naresh Maraj added some lusty blows to bring the equation down to eight runs required from the final over.
The New GPC lads duly knocked off the target with two balls remaining, much to the delight of their fans and the disappointment of the GPHC supporters.
Agard, who was later named Man- of- the- Match, made a sparkling 56 ( 5x6s, 4x4s); Maraj made 25 ( 2x6s, 1×4), Lall scored 24 ( 1×4, 1×6), and Daniram chipped in with 20 ( 4x4s). Trophies for the match were donated by New GPC Inc., while Deon Feassal was the umpire in charge of proceedings.
It is understood that New GPC Inc. will take on the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry ( GBTI) shortly in a match of similar nature. ( Avenash Ramzan)