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King, Mamchan help Naps win title

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
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The victorious Naparima College after their victory over Presentation College at Woodland. From left back row Vivek Arjoon, Romario King, Arion Babwah, Keevan Maharaj, Pravir Persad, Zachary Ramjattan, Darius Deonarine, Adittya Persad, Percy Samlalsingh manager, Liam Mamchan. Front row from left, Akshat Bhaleka, Junior Joseph coach, Jonathan Ramnarace, Kiran Deosaran, Ruben Ramnanansingh and Vishwesh Pattnaik. Photo courtesy Cricket360.

Romario King and Liam Mamchan lead from the front and helped Naparima College end a nine-year drought in the PowerGen Under-14 Division of the South Zone Cricket tournament. Naps recorded a thrilling victory over arch-rivals Presentation College at the Woodland Recreation ground in La Romaine, yesterday.

National under-15 batsman Khaleem Mohammed batted well to score 56 and take Presentation to a fighting 154 for six off their 35 overs.

Naps in return squeezed home thanks to mature batting from King and Mamchan. King the right-hander from South East was classical in his stroke play and was the cornerstone of the Naps batting effort.

While he stood firm, wickets tumbled around him until skipper Mamchan joined him. The big left-hander who opened the bowling for T&T in the recently concluded regional Under-15 series turned batsman and together the pair added 31 runs for the fifth wicket. King fell just three runs short of his half-century, facing 71 balls and hitting six fours and a six.

Upon King's departure, Mamchan took over and guided the rest of the batting. Firstly, he forged a useful association with Additya Persad worth 22 runs. However, Persad was run out and Naps slipped to 118 for seven after another breakthrough from Jalim, who nabbed three wickets.

Mamchan then found an able ally in Arion Babwah and they added an unbroken 39 for the eight wickets that sealed the victory. Mamchan ended with an unbeaten 36 off 64 balls with five fours.

Earlier, Mohammed batting at number three played a well-controlled innings to keep Presentation College on track for a good score. The right-hander got support from Nickyle Jalim as the duo added 71 for the fourth wicket. Mohammed finished on 56 off 72 balls with seven fours and a six. Jalim gave good support to Mohammed in getting 14. King, who steady with the ball also grabbed two wickets for 18 runs off his seven overs.

POWERGEN SECONDARY SCHOOLS SCORES

Presentation College 154/6 (35) (Khaleem Mohammed 56, Nickyle Jalim 14, Romario King 2/18) vs Naparima College 157/7 (31.3) (Romario King 47, Liam Mamchan 36no, Nickyle Jalim 3/20, Shane Rajaram 2/22) - Naparima College won by three wickets.

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