A tournament on the level of this SPL T20 has been on the mind of many for a long time. Players and fans alike continued to express disappointment at the lack of opportunities for our young cricketers to take their games to the next level. The organizers of the very first SPL T20 heard those cries, and created a tournament that surpassed the expectations of many. It was not without its hiccups, and the weather was not a particularly good ally, but St Lucian cricketers finally have a tournament which they can call their own, one that will help propel the careers of many.
After 3 hard fought weeks of competition, we have reached Finals Day, Sunday, at the Phillip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort. Avatar City blasters took advantage of some ordinary cricket from the Micoud Trailblazers on Friday night, to book their place in the final. 59 (36) from Shervin Charles seemed to have helped to post a respectable 113-5 from 15 overs in a reduced game. The regular fall of wickets dented their chances of posting a more formidable total. In reply, the City Blasters maintained control of the chase throughout, getting to their target in 13.3 overs. Tarryk Gabrial topscored with 52 (43), with skipper Daren Sammy providing the finishing touches with a 16 ball 21 not out.
In the second semi final of the night, the Choiseul Craft Masters fans came out in large numbers to support their team as the boys in orange came up the Mabouya Valley Renegades, led by Craig Emmanuel. Due to the impending weather conditions, this match was also reduced to 15 overs a side. Having been put in to bat, the Renegades got off to a fast start, scoring 11 off the first over from the bowling of Murlan Sammny. The Craft Masters bounced back well however, taking regular wickets to restrict the Renegades to 94-8 from their 15 overs. Chief architect for the bowling performance was number 3, Travis Gifford, as he grabbed 3-11 from his 3 overs. In reply, Craft Masters made light work of the modest total, getting to their target in only 10.2 overs, with a well played 37 (24) from Tournament top scorer Junior Henry.
These result set up a final of the 2 best teams of the tournament, with both teams having made it to the final without losing a game. Audy Alexander will be coming face to face with 2 time World T20 winning skipper Darren Sammy, in what is likely to be a massive Choiseul dominated crowd in Vieux Fort. Other Rivalries will include that of the Sammy brothers, with Murlan coming up against his famed brother Daren.
The action kicks of on Sunday with the 3rd place play off at 12pm, as Micoud Trailblazers take on the Mabouya Valley Renegades in an East Coast Showdown. Then at 4pm, its the big one, The Choiseul Craft Masters take on the Avatar City Blasters. Fans are encouraged to come out in large numbers to support our cricketers.