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Rivals complete local cricket double

Rivals complete local cricket double

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Team Rivals have inked their name as the first champions of the Super-40 Cricket competition, staged by the St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association.{{more}}

Having taken the league competition, Rivals added the Super-40 title last Sunday afternoon at the Park Hill Playing Field.

In a rain hit match, which required the intervention of the Duckworth /Lewis method, Rivals still outplayed their opponents, Guardian Saints.

Set a revised target of 167 from 29 overs, Saints middle order crumbled, and folded for 117 in 19.1 overs.

Responsible for the collapse was part-time bowler Lindon James, whose little faster trundlers accounted for three wickets in his lone over for the cost of 12 runs.

Gidron Pope with 2 for 29, helped in his team’s dismantling of Saints.

In their run chase, Saints were seemingly on course to make a match of the final, as Devane Warner 38 and Rommel Currency 33, threatened to wrest the initiative from Rivals with some measured batting. Both hit 3 fours and 2 sixes, but got little support from the others.

Rivals had batted first and made 193 for 7 from 33 overs. The match was reduced, as rain delayed the start of play.

Gidron Pope slammed an enterprising 70, which was dotted with 3 fours and 6 sixes, to lead Rivals’ total. The left handed batsman was later adjudged the Man of the Match.

Also making good contributions were Roneil Jeffrey, 37 not out, and Darren Greaves – 30. Jeffrey cranked up 4 fours and lofted 2 sixes in his cameo.

Devane Warner captured 3 for 28, Rommel Currency 2 for 21 and Rolando Wright 2 for 43.

The three top finishers in the National Lotteries Authority Premier Division, Rivals, Victors One and Saints and the winner of the First Division, Police One, qualified for the elimination format of the competition.

However, teams were allowed to draft players from other local cricket units.

Reports are that the Super-40 will once again be staged in 2014. (RT)

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