Cephas Cooper

UNBEATEN ON 119: Cephas Cooper.

Cephas Cooper, Jyd Goolie and Kyle Hope all slammed centuries yesterday to put their respective teams on top on the first day of the second round TTCB Premiership One league matches yesterday.

Former West Indies Under-19 opening batman Cooper slammed an unbeaten 119 for the defending champions Powergen Sports at Syne Village as they clinched first innings points against the struggling Alescon Comets.

Cooper faced 151 balls ans struck 16 fours and a six to lead Powergen to 235 for four at stumps, replying to Comets’ first innings of 147 all out. Left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh was the best bowler for Powergen with six for 72.

Powergen lead by 88 runs heading into the final day today.

Meanwhile, another former Windies youth player, Jyd Goolie, a member of the West Indies Under-19 team that won the ICC Youth World Cup in 2016, scored 102 for Queen’s Park Cricket Club I as they piled up 351 for nine declared against Raw Fitness Victoria United at Queen’s Park Oval.

Goolie faced 128 balls and struck six fours and six sixes.

The Parkites also got handy contributions with the bat from Sunil Narine, who scored 57, and Javon Searles, who struck six sixes and three fours in an entertaining 69-ball 73.

After the Parkites declared their innings, Searles returned with the ball to grab three for 36 as the visitors reached 105 for four at stumps, still trailing by 246 runs.

The other centurion, Hope, who was dropped from the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force earlier this season, seems to have found some form after hitting 113 for First Citizens Clarke Road United as they reached 331 for four at stumps against Queen’s Park Cricket Club II at Wilson Road in Penal.

Clarke Road also benefitted from 86 from Keddy Lesporis and 67 from Dejourn Charles.

In the other top flight match, after a dominating performance with the bat last weekend, Central Sports struggled to get going against Preysal Sports at Inshan Ali Park.

After a delayed start due to overnight showers, Central were dismissed for 128 with Imran Khan top-scoring with 37. Preysal made a strong reply, reaching 53 for two at stumps, with Mark Deyal on 22 not out and West Indies Under-19 player Mbeki Joseph unbeaten on 18.

Summarised Scores:

At Syne Village

Alescon Comets 147 (50 overs) (J Persad 56; Kavesh Kantasingh 6/72) vs PowerGen Sports 235-4 (52 overs) (Cephas Cooper 119 not out, Jeron Maniram 66, Steven Katwaroo 35 nout out; R Forrester 2/10, S Sankar 2/86)

At Queen’s Park Oval

QPCC 351-9 dec. (66.4 overs) (Jyd Goolie 102, Javon Searles 73, Sunil Narine 57, Tion Webster 43; Marcelle Jones 4/85, K Surujnarine 2/40) vs Raw Fitness Victoria United 105-4 (24 overs) (Emannuel Lett 32 n.o.; Javon Searles 3/36)

At Wilson Road

First Citizens Clarke Road United 331-4 (93 overs) (Kyle Hope 113, Keddy Lesporis 86, Dejourn Charles 67) vs QPCC II

At Inshan Ali Park

Central Sports 128 (46.2 overs) (Imran Khan 37; Shazan Babwah 3/41, Sanjiv Gooljar 2/29, Mark Deyal 2/9) vs Preysal Sports 53-2 (15 overs)

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