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Batchu, Kistow, Gopaul among runs
Veran Batchu, Vince Kistow and Alix Gopaul were among the runs in the opening round of the Shell Under-13 cricket Interzone cricket tournament last week.
Batchu scored an even hundred to propel East Zone to a comfortable victory over North East. On the back of Batchu's excellent innings, East successfully chased down North East's 203 all out in 33.1 overs, reaching 204 for the loss of six wickets in just 28 overs to win by four wickets.
Earlier Vince Kistow agonizingly fell five runs short of a well-deserved century to take North East to their challenging total as he dominated the East bowlers with only Ishmael Ali providing any support, finishing with 17.
For East, Yasir Dean and Samin Saroop grabbed three wickets apiece while Andrew Rambaran took two.
Like Kistow when North East batted, Batchu took the lead for East Zone with only Abdul R Toppin adding some measure of support with 23 runs.
Also, in winners' row in the first round of competition were defending champions Central Zone who beat North, also by four wickets, in a low-scoring contest. North, batting first were bundled out for a paltry 59 in 23.1 overs with Central bowlers Adam Furlonge, Luke Ali and Ubaiullah Abdoel grabbing two wickets apiece.
In reply, Central raced to their victory target in only 12.3 overs.
In the other two matches, Tobago made an auspicious start to their campaign with a healthy 38-run win over South, while South East beat South West by six wickets in a high-scoring affair.
Alix Gopaul hit 70 as South East cantered to 208 for four wickets in 39.2 overs, in overhauling South West's 207 all out in 37.2 overs. The left handed Gopaul who was good enough to make the South team for the Maq North/South Under-15 Classic played some classy shots and raised a lot of eyebrows with his strokeplay.
South West 207 all out (37.2) (Joel Agard 49, Matthew Sookoo 34, Christon Ramkissoon 3/18, Brendon Boodoo 3/44, Alex Gopaul 2/57) vs South East 208/4 (39.2 overs)(Alix Gopaul 70, Jayden John 32, Jabari Bacchus 2/47) - SOUTH EAST WON
North - 59 all out - 23.1 overs (Adam Furlonge 2/12, Luke Ali 2/8, Ubaidullah Abdoel 2/4) vs Central 59 for 6 (12. 3) (Rahul Soodeen 5/15) CENTRAL WON
North East 203 all out (33.1) (Vince Kistow 95, Yasir Dean 3/46, Andrew Rambaran 2/29, Samin Saroop 3/9) vs
East 204/6 (28) (Veran Batchu 100, Zackilon Baptiste 2/5). EAST WON
Tobago 119/6 (25) (Josh Telemaque 38, Olando James 30) vs South 81 all out (22) (Sachin Butkoon 20, Jaden Kent 3/5)
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