ZANE Maraj’s unbeaten knock of 92 from 85 balls led South East to a three-wicket win over Central and the Scotiabank Under-13 NextGen Inter-Zone title at the National Cricket Centre in Couva, on Wednesday.
Having won the toss and opting to bat first, Central put on 174/8 after 40 overs. They were guided by opening batsman Zakariyya Mohammed’s (52) half-century and Ra’ed Ali Khan knock of 41.
Only two other batsmen Reyad Jerome and Joshua Ali (11 runs each) got to double figures.
Topping the bowling for South East was Jayden Neevan Jagnanan (2/26) and Zion Phillip (2/30), while Jordan Julien (1/1), Giovani McKnight (1/22), Maraj (1/31) and Ganesh Gobin (1/44) captured one wicket each.
Set at 175 for victory, South East lost opener Julien (four) early on. Incoming batsman Maraj built a 42-run partnership with Sameer Ramdath (13) but the latter was bowled by Khan.
From there on, Maraj found it difficult to build any strong partnerships and seemed to single-handedly take charge of the chase.
At 128/7, Maraj and wicketkeeper Adrian Singh (13 not out) buckled down and led South East to a title-winning 178/7 in 37.4 overs.
Central’s bowling was wasteful as they gave away 43 extras; 40 of them wides. Their best bowlers were Sanjay Naidoo (2/31), Amrit Michael-Pittiman (2/33) and Khan (2/39).