PowerGen Penal Sports Club from Trinidad and Tobago are champions of the 2014 Sir Garfield Sobers Cricket Competition for the second consecutive year after defeating Christ Church Foundation by 43 runs in the final played today at the 3Ws Oval.
The visitors won the toss and chose to bat in a rain-affected game which saw the overs reduced from 40 overs to 36 a side. PowerGen made 186 for nine from their 36 overs and in reply Foundation were dismissed for 143 in 28.5 overs.
Shaquille McDavid and Ryan Oudit opened the batting and Oudit was the first to go for a duck in the fifth over caught wicketkeeper Michael Riviera off the bowling of Akeem Evelyn. Jerve Cummings came in and went the very next over after adding a mere two runs before being trapped lbw by Shakeem Blades who was later named the best all-round cricketer with 213 runs and 11 wickets.
Left-hand batsman Gabriel Blackwell entered at number four and played exceptionally well for his 64 which included three fours and two sixes. Blackwell teamed up with opener McDavid and the pair put on a brilliant third-wicket partnership of 115. Blackwell then departed in the 26th over caught Amahl Nathaniel, off the bowling of right-arm medium pacer Javier Dowridge. Negus Smith added six run before going back to the pavilion trapped lbw by Dowridge.
This brought Dominic Nandlal to the crease and he also failed to get into double figures, making nine before being stumped by Riviera off the bowling of left-hand orthodox spin bowler Pius Emillen who took four vital wickets for 39 runs from his six overs. Number six batsman Darion Ramdenny came in but did not offer much support to McDavid who brought up his 50 in 75 balls which included four fours. Ramdenny however lost his wicket after being caught by Nathaniel off the bowling of Emillen for seven. McDavid also followed after for a well played 56 runs, run out by Shamari Gibson at mid-on.
Mike Smith and captain Jordan Samkaran came in at eight and nine respectively with Smith contributing five runs before he was caught soon after by Shakeem Blades off the bowling of Emillen. Johnathan Williams came in but did not get a chance to trouble the score because Samkaran was stumped off the last ball by wicketkeeper Riviera.
In response, things simply did not go Foundation’s way with the bat and their misery began when the first wicket fell in the 1.4 over when opener, Shakeem Blades went trapped lbw by Johnathan Williams for nine runs. Both openers were dismissed cheaply as Raynaldo Estwick went off the bowling of right hand medium pacer Dominic Nandlal, caught Dinesh Ramlal for four in the next over.
Number three batsman Jermaine Davis and Shaquan Carrington batting at number four came in when their team appeared to be in some trouble. To make things worse Carrington failed to trouble the score when McDavid took a good catch off the bowling of Williams. This brought number five batsman Nathaniel to the wicket to join Davis but the latter was run out for just one run.
Riviera entered the fray with Nathaniel at the crease trying to steady things but PowerGen bowlers continued their destruction and Riviera went for five runs caught Mike Smith bowled by Nandlal. Shamari Gibson and Nathaniel tried to add respectability to the score. Nathaniel played well for his 20 runs before going caught and bowled to Samkaran. Akeem Evelyn was the next man in and was also the seventh wicket down when he was caught by McDavid off the bowling of Oudit for six.
Latrell Callender came in but only added one before being bowled by Oudit. Emillen was the last man in and he looked positive for his eight runs but did not get the opportunity to carry on when Gibson went in the 29th over caught McDavid off the bowling of Ramlal for 36 runs.