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Nicholas Pooran struggled throughout the NGC Group T20 Festival but showed up in the final when it mattered most to guide Queen’s Park to victory over Alescon Comets on Friday night at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva.

Man-of-the-Match Pooran smashed an unbeaten 56 from 40 balls that allowed Queen’s Park to successfully chase Alescon Comets total of 143 for six. The Parkites finished on 147 for seven with three balls remaining in the inning to spark wild celebrations after staging a come from behind victory.

Fast bowler Roston Primus left Queen’s Park shell shocked with with a menacing opening spell of three overs that yielded four wickets while only conceding 10 runs. The right-arm quick had opening batsman Justin Guillen caught by Bryan Charles for 10 with a diving catch in the covers after the Queen’s Park captain tried to fend a short delivery.

Daron Cruickshank (1), Akeal Hosein (0) and Yannic Cariah (5) followed in quick succession. The trio were unable to deal with the pace and bounce being generated by the Alescon Comets fast bowlers and were only successful in edging to wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo. Primus then had the prized scalp of Darren Bravo who could only glove a nasty short delivery to Vikash Mohan at second slip for 10 before Stephawn Solomon had Kevon Cooper caught at backward point by Charles for eight to leave Queen’s Park reeling at 43 for six.

Pooran and Khary Pierre rebuilt the innings with a match saving partnership of 66 runs while riding their luck at the crease. Pooran was dropped at second slip by Rayad Emrit which proved costly as the Parkites showed character under immense pressure to turn the match in their favour. With Alescon Comets captain Emrit surprisingly removing Primus from the attack the Queen’s Park pair were able to add settle and slowly piece together the innings.

The partnership was eventually broken by an exquisite bit of fielding by Solomon on the boundary whose accurate throw enabled Emrit to run out Pierre for 30 and leave the Parkites on 109 for seven. With the match teetering in the balance, Pooran calmed all nerves with a brutal assault on Emrit who broke under pressure in the final, smashing the fast bowler for three consecutive boundaries in his final over to put Queen’s Park on the verge of victory before Javon Searles (20 not out) finished the match.

Earlier, Imran Khan (39) and Katwaroo (3) gave Alescon Comets a blistering start with an opening partnership of 65 runs. However, Queen’s Park spinners Hosein and Pierre put the brakes on the charge while being backed up by medium pacer Kevon Cooper. Kevin Stoute would keep the Alescon Comets innings together with a vital knock of 43 in the middle order but they failed to get that massive over in their innings that could have thrusted them towards a bigger total.


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