Defending Champions Chase opens account– Singh records first centuryDefending champions, Chase Academy,made a successful start of their title defence in the National Secondary School Cricket League 2016-2017 tournament.Sachin SinghThe side defeated St Rose’s High School by 183 runs in the opening round on Friday while the Bishop’s High School and St John’s Collage also registered wins in the Georgetown Zone of the tournament.Summarised scores of the three games are as follows:At GCC, Bourda, Chase Academy were asked to bat first and amassed 242-3 off 30 overs. National Under-15 captain, Sachin Singh,scored a classy 101, stroking 10 fours and two sixes. Also among the runs were Lester Lepidare, who made 44 before he was forced to retire hurt after suffering from cramps,and national Under-17 left-arm spinner, Asmead Nedd,who made an entertaining 34 not out. Bowling for St Rose’s High school, Alex Ramotar took 2-39.St Rose’s High reached 59-9 in 12.4 overs, with one batsman unable to bat because of an injury. Bowling for Chase Academy, Dwain Dick had 2-10, Shem Persaud 2-12 and Tyrese Trescut 2-16.At DCC, St John’s College got the better of St George’s College. St John’s College won the toss and asked St George’s College to take first strike. Their decision worked well as the routed St George’s College for a paltry 49 in 15 overs. Bowling for St John’s College, Johan Blair took 5-9.In Reply, St John’s College raced to 50-2 in just 6 overs with Darian Dickson scoring 24.In another game played at GCC, Bishop’s High School registered an easy victory, when the defeated the Business School by 111 runs. Batting first, Bishop’s High made 146-5 in their 30 overs. Troy Persaud was the main scorer with 74 not out, including nine fours and a six. Bowling for the Business School, Teelack Baliram had 2-14.In reply, the Business School could only muster 37 in 12.5 overs. Arian Persaud took 4-10, Daniel Singh took 3-7 and Kanpta Seepersaud had 3-1.The competition continues on Tuesday, with Queen’s College playing Richard Ismael Secondary at DCC,and Kingston High School coming up against School of the Nations at GCC,while Marian Academy will play St Mary’s High at Muslim Youth Organisation ground (MYO) and Chase Academy will face Bishop’s High at GNIC.