Former Guyana youth players Gavin Singh, Skipper Mahendra Boodram, Chris Patandin and Sauid Drepaul helped Dutch speaking ICC Associate member Suriname beat Guernsey to lift the ICC World Cricket League Division 6 trophy.
Singh delivered a master class again to pick up Player of the Match and Player of the Tournament awards to help his adopted Country to the ICC title.
The GCC all-rounder scored 61 and took 5-42 as his side eased to a six-wicket win in the final at Essex’s County Ground on Sunday. Singh, who already had two Player of the Match prizes from group games, said: “I feel great but everybody chipped in. It was a big team effort and we really played well. We played to the basics and that’s good, and I enjoyed the atmosphere at this ground. Coming up to the tournament, we had really nice preparation, now we’re very excited to be in Division 5. We’ve just got to wait and see who our opposition will be and then plan what’s next.”
After Guernsey were put into bat, their openers got off to a steady start and brought up the 50 in ten overs. Muneshwar ‘Chris’ Patadin, another Everest player, along with Singh made the breakthrough for the South Americans.
Patandin had Stokes (31) before Singh removed Oliver Newey (1). Tom Nightingale joined his brother Oliver and the siblings both made half centuries, with Tom making 65 and Oliver 59. Singh then destroyed the lower order as Guernsey were all out for 237 in 49.5 overs.
Former Essequibo batsman Boodram and Singh anchored Suriname’s innings with a 122-run partnership. Boodram crashed his way to 65, while Singh smashed 61.
Ex-Everest left-hander Drepaul joined Singh and hit a quick 30 off 37 deliveries to see Suriname over the line. Both sides have secured promotion to next year’s ICC World Cricket League Division 5 by making the final. Wasim Haslim and Bernard Bailey were the other Guyanese born players in the Suriname team.
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