Saiba Batoosingh half century steers Giants to victory

File photo by Sureash Cholai.
File photo by Sureash Cholai.

FORMER national youth cricketer Saiba Batoosingh cracked 64 to help Valini’s Supermart Leatherback Giants to a six-wicket win over Soca Kings in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Dream XI T10 Trinidad Blast at Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, on Saturday.

Batoosingh’s knock guided Leatherback Giants to 110/4 in 9.1 overs after Soca Kings posted 107/4 in their ten overs. Batoosingh’s 64 came off 30 balls and included six fours and four sixes.

TT Red Force cricketer Yannic Cariah also delivered in the run chase with 30 not out off 17 deliveries.

Sion Hackett was the most successful bowler for Soca Kings, snatching 2/8 in one over.

Batting first, Kirstan Kallicharan continued his fruitful form with 52 off 29 balls to propel Soca Kings past the 100-run mark.

Isaiah Rajah also boosted the total with an unbeaten 23.

In the other match played on Saturday, Fides Ltd Scarlet Ibis Scorchers defeated Fine Choice Steelpan Strikers by four wickets.

The six teams will be battling over the next few days in an effort to qualify for the playoffs which start on Thursday. The tournament ends on Friday.

SUMMARISED SCORES

FINE CHOICE STEELPAN STRIKERS 94/5 (10 overs) – Adrian Ali 50, Jyd Goolie 28; Kieshawn Dillon 2/21 vs FIDES LTD SCARLET IBIS SCORCHERS 98/6 (9.4 overs) – Randy Mahase 33, Dexter Sween 19 not out; Marlon Richards 2/10. Scorchers won by four wickets

SOCA KINGS 107/4 (10 overs) – Kirstan Kallicharan 52, Isaiah Rajah 23 not out; Jahron Alfred 1/16 vs VALINI’S SUPERMART LEATHERBACK GIANTS 110/4 (9.1 overs) – Saiba Batoosingh 64, Yannic Cariah 30 not out; Sion Hackett 2/8. Giants won by six wickets

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