Parika Salem were crowned champions of the Supreme Petroleum/Big Yard Auto Sale T20 tournament after
defeating Supreme Petroleum SC by five runs in the final on Sunday last on the East Bank of Essequibo.
Host Parika Salem managed 100-9 off their allotted 20 overs after they were inserted on a difficult pitch. Daniram Lallaram and Brian Hubbert were the only batsmen that showed fight with 15 and 14 not out respectively. Left arm spinner Imran Khan captured 2-6, Safraz Ali 2-9 and Sheldon Alexander 2-17.
In reply, Supreme Petroleum were reduced to 25-4, but Khan and Alexander stabilized the chase with a fifth wicket stand for 44 before Alexander was dismissed for 23. After Khan followed shortly for 25, the rest of the batting offered little resistance as Supreme Petroleum ended on 95-5 in 20 overs.
Jason Heyliger grabbed 3-15 and Trevor Benn 2-23. Meanwhile, Parika Salem thumped Hyde Park by eight wickets in their semi final encounter played earlier at the said venue. Hyde Park managed 75-6 after the game was reduced to 12 overs due to rain.
Travis Drakes scored 27 and Mahendra Nandkishore 17; Hemchand Persaud claimed 3-16 and Edwin Burnette 2-9. Parika Salem replied with 77-2 in 8.3 overs. Kevon Boodie stroked 44 and Kemol Savory 19 not out.
Supreme Petroleum beat Tuschen A by four wickets in the next semi final played at Tuschen on Saturday. The host took first strike and scored 107 all out in 19.2 overs. Aftab Khan made 20 and Azar Safie 18. Alexander snared 3-17, Michael Goberdhan 2-4 and Javed Shafeek 2-27.
Supreme Petroleum responded with 109-6 in 17.4 overs. Keemo Paul slammed 46; Safie took 2-36. Heyliger was
named man-of-the-match in the final; Hemchand Persaud received the best bowler prize, Paul – the most outstanding batsman and most valuable player accolades while Kemol Savory pocketed $20,000 for scoring the only century in the tournament. Both finalists collected trophies.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Chairman of the East Bank Essequibo Cricket Committee, Alvin Johnson thanked the sponsors whilst congratulating the winners.
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