Triumph SC win in Courts T20

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - The Courts Interclub T20 competition got underway Saturday with East T20 champion Triumph Sports Club defeating North T20 runners-up Santa Cruz by six wickets at Triumph ground, Garden Village Arouca.

Triumph won the toss and elected to field first, as the game was reduced to 17 overs-a-side due to a late start because of rain.

Santa Cruz opening pair of Alvin Smith and Devon Sweene got off to a very good start, racing to 43 without loss after five overs. They eventually lost their first wicket for 52 runs when Sweene was caught off the bowling of Damian Peters for 24. This brought in Santa Cruz skipper Gobin Maniram to the crease and together with Smith continued the onslaught before Smith was caught by wicketkeeper Johnathan Narine off the bowling of Alex Fredricks for 37 with the score on 85. 

Maniram was eventually out for 44, caught off the bowling of Daniel Sookram and after that no other batsman got double figures with Santa Cruz making 125 for six off their 17 overs with Triumph captain Mark Sanker taking 2/20 and Daniel Sookram taking 2/23. 

In reply, Triumph started badly losing their in-form batsman Johnathan Narine in the very first over, bowled by Keron Raymond for two with the score on 11. Ravindra Singh came in to join his skipper Mark Sankar but after the 4th over, Triumph were 33 for one and rain threatening. 

They needed 11 runs in the 5th over to overhaul Santa Cruz’s revised score of 43 runs. The over was bowled by Gobin Maniram and his first ball was hoisted by Singh for a huge six. 

But in a panic for runs, Sankar was run out for eight with the score 40/2. Jennson Poyah joined Singh who was stumped with Triumph still needing three runs in two balls to be ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis method. New batsman Damien Peters was struck with a devious delivery first ball and had to retire hurt with one ball in the over remaining and three runs still needed. 

In came Alex Fredricks and he hoisted the ball for a massive six but with the heavens not opening, Triumph’s panic was not needed and the match continued. Fredricks and Poyah took the score to 87 before Poyah was unfortunately run out. 

Triumph eventually made 131 for four in 12 overs with Christian Noray unbeaten on 26 and Alex Fredricks unbeaten on 41 runs. 

Summarised Score

SANTA CRUZ 125/6 - Gobin Maniram 44, Alvin Smith 37, Devon Sweene 24; Mark Sankar 2/20,Daniel Sookram 2/23, Alex Fredricks 1/24 vs TRIUMPH SPORTS CLUB 131/4 - Alex Fredricks 41 not out, Christian Noray 26 not out, Ravindra Singh 26; Keron Raymond 1/27;Gobin Maniram 1/31. 

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 03:07