Cricket CG United Super50 Cup: West Indies Academy Off to Strong Start

Match 5 CG United Super50 Cup

CCC vs West Indies Academy

Venue: Brian Lara Cricket Academy

Result: West Indies Academy won by 29 runs

Player of the Match: Teddy Bishop

Scorecard: Live Match Center :

West Indies Academy played a bold and confident brand of cricket which saw them to a superb victory over CCC in their first match on Thursday night. Teddy Bishop came close to a century while Matthew Nandu and Leonardo Julien also made half-centuries, in a clinical display on a good batting surface.

Bishop ended on 95 not out off 75 balls when the innings closed, a knock which fired the Academy to 318-8 off their 50 overs – the second-highest List A score at the Brian Lara Stadium and only the third 300-plus List A total at the venue.

Opener Nandu sparkled with 84 from 92 balls while wicket-keeper Julien made 51 from 67 balls, before captain Nyeem Young’s 14-ball 24 towards the end pushed the total past the 300-run mark.

In reply, CCC made a fist of it courtesy of a splendid 82 off 65 balls from opener Johann Jeremiah, and a more sedate 52 from 74 balls from Shaqkere Parris. However, once Jeremiah was run out in a mix-up with Parris in the 22nd over, the chase lost its way somewhat, and CCC tumbled to 289 all out with an over remaining.

Akshaya Persad (28) and Shatrughan Rambaran (26) produced a rearguard effort in a daring 59-run, seventh wicket stand, but not even that could salvage the game. In the end, allrounder Abhijai Mansingh hit 24 from 21 balls to follow up his two wickets earlier in the night.

Left-hander Nandu was exhilarating with seven fours and a six, and combining in a 93-run, second-wicket stand with the 22-year-old Julien who counted three fours and two sixes. When Julien was run out at the start of the 25th over, Bishop arrived to further turn the screws on CCC, punching 14 fours and a six as he added 110 for the third wicket with Nandu, 47 for the fourth with Kevin Wickham (19) and 35 for the seventh with Young.

“Teddy was very impressive – that’s why he was Man-of-the-Match really,”
Young said.

“Scoring at that rate in the middle, especially in the Caribbean, is quite hard and he did it today, which is very impressive. Matthew Nandu was very, very good also – batting deep in the innings for such a young man and taking us all the way down to that stage where we were able to press on.”
Upcoming matches

Friday, 20 October: Barbados Pride vs Jamaica Scorpions at UWI SPEC – 9 am

Saturday, 21 October: Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs West Indies Academy at Queen’s Park Oval – 9 am

Saturday, 21 October: T&T Red Force vs Guyana Harpy Eagles at Brian Lara Cricket Academy – 1 pm

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