Rudolph Paul receives challenge trophy from Emmalin Pierre & Dwain Gill

Rudolph Paul receives challenge trophy from Emmalin Pierre & Dwain Gill

by Michael Bascombe

ST GEORGE’S, January 4, 2015 – Led by an all-round performance from national player Denis George, Idlers Sports and Culture Club snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to win the inaugural Grenada Cricket Association (GCA) Twenty20 Tournament at Progress Park, St Andrew on Sunday.

In an exciting and nail-biting finish, Idlers defeated NEWIM Upsetters by one run to claim the first prize of $10,000 and a challenge trophy. Upsetters received $2,000 and River View, which defeated MSO Exodus by 12 runs in the third place playoff, secured $1,000 with $500 for the loser.

But George was the star of the final and deservingly he was named the Just Brands Man-of-the-Match and the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

He opened his hands just when Upsetters thought they were restricting the home team within a decent run chase. George showed no mercy on Captain Junior Cyrus, blasting 28 runs off his final over to finish unbeaten on 46 which came off 12 balls and included six sixes.

It was a good comeback for Idlers who were struggling on 94 for seven at one stage. Marlon Henry (34) also provided some valuable runs as Idlers finished on 151 for nine off 20 overs.

National pacer Preston Mcsween took three for 21 and Adel Beggs, two for 12 to lead the bowling for the Junior Murray-coached Upsetters.

In reply, Upsetters were off to a good start from their openers – Kendell George (20) and Akeem Alexis (66). They both put on 52 runs for the first wicket. Upsetters appeared in cruise control as Alexis and Cyprian Forsyth featured in a 70-run third-wicket partnership. But then Forsyth was dismissed one run later at 136 for four.

McSween briefly restored some hope for Upsetters as they needed three runs off two balls before he was run out for 12, attempting a second run off the penultimate ball of the over.

The match, televised live on GIS TV, took an interesting turn as Upsetters needed two runs from the final ball when Lyndon Joseph trapped Mario Watson leg before to squeeze home a one-run victory for the Ashley Cummings-coached Idlers.

Earlier, River View defeated MSO Exodus by 12 runs to secure the third position.

Batting first, River View made 184 for six with Ronald Ettienne hitting 35, Shabba Noel 31 and Akim Charles 30. Gerard Alexander Douglas took three for 48.

Exodus responded with 172 for seven with 62 from Marvin Noel and Heron Campbell adding 38. Rondell Wickham took three for 23 and Ettienne three for 57, bowling for River View.

Sports Minister Emmalin Pierre and Dwain Gill, President of the GCA, were among officials who attended the final and presented prizes at the closing ceremony.

Summarised Scores:

Final

Idlers 151-9, 20.0 overs (Denis George 46*, Marlon Henry 34; Preston McSween 3-21, Adel Beggs 2-12, Daryl Cyrus 1-22, Mario Watson 1-24, Casmir Thomas 1-30, Junior Cyrus 1-36)

Upsetters 150-6, 20.0 overs (Akeem Alexis 66, Cyprian Forsyth 38, Kendall George 20; Denis George 2-17, Denroy Charles 1-18, Lyndon Joseph 1-22, Wavel Charles 1-26)

Third-Place

River View 184-6, 20.0 overs (Ronald Ettienne 35, Shabba Noel 31, Akim Charles 30, Rondell Wickham 25*; Gerard Alexander Douglas 3-48)

MSO Exodus 172-7, 20.0 overs (Marvin Noel 62, Heron Campbell 38, Kem Julien 30*; Rondell Wickham 3-23, Ronald Ettienne 3-57)

MVP: Denis George

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