All-rounder Fareez Ali and batsman Keifer Ghysiawan starred for their respective zones as the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Interzone Under-13 tournament which continued yesterday.
Ghysiawan scored 90 not out to lead South Zone to a nine-wicket victory over South West in Rousillac. Batting first South West made 169/9 off their 40 overs with an amazing 96 extras. Bowling for South Zone, Kyrell Marishaw took 3/26, while Shiva Harripersad grabbed 2/10. Ghysiawan then batted beautifully to take his team to 170/1 off 22 overs. He ended unbeaten on 90, while Stephon Katwaroo made 30.
Meanwhile, Central captain Fareez Ali was in fine form at Sancho Road against South East. The right arm medium pacer grabbed five wickets for six runs to bowl out South East for just 58 and then scored 13 not out to take his Zone to an eight-wicket victory. With the win, Central completed the preliminaries with three wins from as many matches, while South East finished with two, South Zone one and South West no wins.
South Zone has filed a protest with the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) over the inclusion of a player on the South East team. According to the manager of South Zone Allan Gopaul the player in question represented South West in the Interzone U-15 series earlier this year and then showed up and played for South East in the U-13 tournament. He said that he was informed by Dudnath Ramkeesoon from the TTCB that the player received a release from South Zone in order to play for South West. However, Gopaul's point is that South Zone could not have released the player, as he did not play for South Zone in the Under-15 series.
He added that the player should have gotten the release from South West Zone because he played for them in the Interzone. Gopaul said he also cannot understand how a player can play for two different Zones in the same year.
TTCB INTERZONE UNDER-13 SCORES
At Sancho Road: South East 58 all out (Fareez Ali 5/6, Luke Ali 4/15) vs Central 58/1 (Luke Ali 17no, Fareez Ali 5/6) - Central won by 9 wickets.
At Rousillac: South West 169/9 (96 extras, R Nelson 19. Shiva Harripersad 2/10, Kyrell Marishaw 3/26) vs South 170/1 (22) (Keifer Ghysiawan 90no, Stephan Katwaroo 30) - South won by 9 wickets.