first_imgBy Elroy StephneyLIMA United and Walton Hall secured contrasting victories on Sunday at the Walton Hall ground to book their places in the final. The first encounter was reduced to 14 overs due to rain and Charity Sports Club posted a challenging 160-7 from their allotted overs with veteran opening batsman Barry Alphonso striking a brisk 42 (8×4).There were two wickets each for Uvindra Balgobin and Vishwanauth Lall.The eventual winners were indebted to Suresh Persaud who batted superbly from the first to the last ball to register a magnificent century.With Walton Hall needing six runs from the final delivery, it was anyone’s guess.However, with Persaud still at the crease, he savagely smashed the ball over the boundary to take the score to 161-6 and seal an exciting six-wicket win.He remained unbeaten on 115, decorated with 15 exquisite boundaries and five maximums.In the second game at the same venue, Lima United enjoyed a run-fest with the game also being reduced to 14 overs.Batting first, Lima United plummeted to 205-7 with Abdool Ghani hammering a fine 62 (10×4) and Fizal Karim 50 (8×4) leading the charge.Off-spinner Anthony Persaud claimed 4-28 from 3 overs.In reply, Anthony Persaud returned to blast 74 (7×4, 3×6) in a losing cause, as Devonshire Castle could reach only 167-8 when their overs expired to lose by 38 runs.The final will now be contested on Sunday at the Walton Hall ground in front of an anticipated large crowd.Cash incentives and trophies will be at stake, compliments of the North Essequibo Management Committee.The officiating umpires will be senior national umpire Shannon Crawford and Wazeer Dhanraj.last_img

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