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Gentlemen of Philadelphia score a win against New England to keep their hopes alive

Philadelphia bowling. Photo courtesy KPTyson Photography

In the second match of the afternoon, the Gentlemen of Philadelphia bowled out the New England Pioneers for 95 and paced the chase never letting go of their vice-like grip over the match.  New England Pioneers started well with Shazid Shahzab (28) and former Guyana U19 player, Sharaz Baksh (12) providing a good platform from which to launch an attack.   

 

What followed was a stunning batting collapse with Chad Munrow and Timmy Thomas getting a duck each.   New England Pioneers then batted as if they had chains around their legs as the runs slowed down and at the end of 13, they had just 50 runs on the board with most of the top order gone.

 

Zamin Amin and Jonathan Bonner began a late revival but some poor running between the wickets eliminated whatever chance of a late boost there was.  It was more of a sputter.   Their total of 95 was going to need solid attacking bowling - and with the likes of Barbados spinner Nikolai Charles and former USA player Zamin Amin in their armory, that was not impossible. 

 

New England trying to up the run rate. Photo courtesy KPTyson Photography

Zamin Amin gave Pioneers two early wickets but Sarosh Nadeem's ball-a-run 30 took the pressure off and with Gavish Sharma (11) and Praveen Vijay (18 with 3 fours) effectively closing out any hopes of a Pioneers win, the target was achieved in 18 overs.

 

Bonner who took 3 for 17 and scored 21 runs in a failed cause and Sarosh Nadeem with 30 runs and a wicket in a winning cause were locked for the Man of the Match award.   The match witnessed two maidens - one from Plummer of Philadelphia and the other by the Bajan - Nikolai Charles who bowled a very tight 4 over for 9 runs getting 1 wicket.