WOW! These three letters embody everything that was right about the very first SPL T20 tournament Final in Vieux Fort. Beautiful weather, nice building up of the crowd, and the tournament’s four best teams set to be in action, it was expected to be an epic Finals Day, and boy did it live up to these expectations.
The day began with the 3rd place play off, an East Coast Showdown between the Micoud Trailblazers and the Mabouya Valley Renegades.Batting first, the Trailblazers recovered from the loss of 2 early wickets to post a score of 156 all out from their allotment of 20 overs.Garvin Serieux Jr top scored with 63 from 49 balls, which included 5 fours and 5 sixes. He was ably assisted by allrounder Cyrille Charles, who contributed 24 off 18 balls. Shadrack Descarte was brilliant with the ball for the Renegades, taking 4-8 from just 2 overs. In reply, the Renegades were dominant in their pursuit, achieving their target in just 15.1 overs. Key contributions came from Shadrack Descarte, who backed up his wonderful bowling performance with a well played 50 off 28 balls, including 4 fours and 3 sixes. Captain Craig Emmanuel scored 29 off 14 balls and Dale Stanio chipped in with 26 off 24 balls. Renegades won the 3rd place play off by 6 wickets.
This set the stage for the big one, the titanic clash between undoubtedly the tournaments best two teams, The Avatar City Blasters and the Choiseul Craftmasters. Both teams went into the Final undefeated. City Blasters made light work of the Gros Islet Knights, Mabouya Valley Renegades, Vieux Fort South Sunrisers and Micoud Trailblazers, while Craftmasters defeated SRDF Soufriere Pitons, Nagico South Castries Lions and Micoud Trailblazers and Mabouya Valley Renegades. The crowd was beginning to build up nicely when the two captains went out for the toss. Audy Alexander, buoyed on by massive support from Choiseul, won the toss and asked Avatar City Blasters Captain Daren Sammy to bat first.
Craftmasters had been economical with the ball in the lead up to the final, and 10 overs in with City Blasters 66-2, it seemed like regular businesses for them. City blasters had lost their opening batsmen in the early overs of the powerplay. A patient, then destructive partnership between Stephen Naitram and Daren Sammy took the game away from the Craftmasters however. Naitram scored a classy 75 off 57 balls, while his skipper Sammy bludgeoned 62 off 35 balls, with 2 fours and 6 massive sixes. After the pair was dismissed, 180 looked like a probably score, until Johnnel Eugene walked into the wicket and smashed 35 off 10 balls, including 4 fours and 3 sixes. His efforts propelled City Blasters to 200-5 from their 20 overs, leaving Craftmasters to chase down what would be their highest score of the tournament. The highlight of the inning was when Murlan Sammy knocked over his brother Daren Sammy, sending the crowd into raptures.(Continue reading below video)
SPL T20 FINAL is causing tremors in Vieux Fort!
Posted by Sporte Avis on Sunday, October 1, 2017
The usually confident Craftmasters line up got off to a terrible start, loosing in form batsman Junior Henry, as well as Valange St Ange, Christian Charlery, Vince Smith and Murlan Sammy in the first half of the inning. A gritty partnership between Audy Alexander (49 off 41 balls) and Jason Simon (24 off 23 balls) provided some hope for the Craftmasters, until Simon was caught by Daren Sammy off the bowling of Gaspard Prospere. Bronte Bess came in late on and contributed 17off 15 balls, but the task was too daunting for the team from Choiseul, as they could only limp tp142-8 from their 20 overs.For the City Blasters, Loic Prospere was chief destroyer, grabbing 3-26 from his 4 overs, with Alleyn Prospere also impressive with figures of 2-16 from 4 overs. Avatar City Blasters captured the first installment of the SPL T20 by a whopping 58 runs.
Daren Sammy celebrated late into the night with his team after a well fought, and well deserved victory.