GUYANA were crowned champions of the inaugural Udecott T10 Cricket Tournament when the competition concluded at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, on Sunday night.
Guyana and North/Tobago, the two strongest teams in the four-team tournament, faced off in the final. Batting first, Christopher Barnwell slammed 44 off only 16 deliveries, with three fours and four sixes, to guide Guyana to 130/7 in ten overs. Chandrapaul Hemraj and Anthony Bramble also made valuable contributions, scoring 27 and 25 respectively in their 14-ball innings. Spinner Sunil Narine was the most successful bowler for North/Tobago, grabbing three wickets, but conceded 33 runs in two overs. Fast bowler Rayad Emrit was the next best bowler, taking 2/22 in two overs.
Narine made amends for his expensive spell, belting 44 off just 21 balls opening the innings. Narine, who cracked two fours and four sixes, shared in a 62-run opening partnership with Mario Belcon. However, when Belcon fell for 22 off 18 deliveries in the sixth over, North/Tobago struggled to continue the momentum. Captain Kieron Pollard, batting at number three, scored 25 off 13 balls, but could only get his team to 104/5 in ten overs. Fast bowler Romario Shepherd was the best bowler for Guyana, taking 2/25 in two overs and West Indies fast bowler Keemo Paul snatched 2/14 in two overs.
Windward Islands and South Central played in the third-place playoff before the final. Andre Fletcher slammed 53 off 29 balls with two fours and five sixes to help Windward Islands to 103/5 in ten overs. The other batsmen struggled as the next best batsman was Kavem Hodge with 13 and Mark Deyal snatched 3/16 in two overs for South/Central.
South Central got to 107/3 in 9.3 overs, with Nicholas Sookdeosingh hitting 40 off 21 balls that comprised four fours and two sixes. Kjorn Ottley also helped South/Central to the target with 24 from 15 balls and Alick Athanaze took 2/6 in two overs for Windward Islands.
Guyana 130/7 (10 overs) (Christopher Barnwell 44, Chandrapaul Hemraj 27, Anthony Bramble 25; Sunil Narine 3/33, Rayad Emrit 2/22) vs North/Tobago 104/5 (10 overs) (S Narine 44, Kieron Pollard 25, Mario Belcon 22; Romario Shepherd 2/25, Keemo Paul 2/14) Guyana won by 26 runs
Third Place Playoff
Windward Islands 103/5 (10 overs) (Andre Fletcher 53, Kavem Hodge 13; Mark Deyal 3/16) vs South Central 107/3 (9.3 overs) (Nicholas Sookdeosingh 40, Kjorn Ottley 24; Alick Athanaze 2/6) South/Central won by seven wickets