Owia Young Strikers are the new champions of the SVG Police Co-operative Credit Union Clinchers T20 softball cricket tournament.
They achieved this feat after beating 2016 champions, Country meet town out ah Trouble 1, on a better run rate in a rain-affected final on Sunday at the Richland Park Oval.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat, Owia Young Strikers were dismissed for 91 in 19.5 overs with Daverson Lavia 24* and Hyron Shallow 21 being the principal scorers, as Wesrick Straugh 3/10 topped the bowling.
Country meet town out ah Trouble 1, who were kept on a tight rope by the bowlers, stumbled their way to 38/8 in16.4 overs when rains brought a premature end to the match. It was decided that Country Meet town outa Trouble 1 were 38 runs short of the required target at that stage, thereby handing victory to Owia Young Strikers.
Rolando Wright took 3/7 and Randell Munroe 3/10 were the main architect of the destruction of Country Meet town outa Trouble 1’s batting.
Daverson Lavia was named Player of the Final.
In the third place play-off, Street Fighters beat Gairy Construction Simple Boyz by 2 wickets. Gairy Construction Simple Boyz, bating first, reached 121 for 5 from 20 overs, with Ian Bushay 45 with 3 fours and 5 sixes and Stein Joseph 32 taking charge of the batting. Street Fighters’ bowling was led by Derek Hooper, who took 3/2 from 4 overs. Street Fighters then replied with 122/8 (19 overs) with Ricardo Thomas 41 leading the victory charge.
In awards for the tournament, Ozni Billingy (209 runs) of Streets Fighters, for the third year on the trot, was the tournament’s top run getter, Daverson Lavia (17 wickets), the top wicket taker and tournament MVP; Jabbari Cunningham (19) was the top six hitter; Stein Joseph was adjudged the top wicketkeeper, Zevron Bobb of Street Fighters was named the best young player; Dr. Thomas Injectors, the most disciplined team; best manager, Carlos James of Country Meet town outa Trouble 1; most improved team, Fully Loaded Ballerz.
Winners — Owia Young Strikers, EC$2,000
2nd — Country Meet town outa Trouble 1, EC$1,500
3rd — Street Fighters, EC$800
4th — Gairy Construction Simple Boyz, EC$400
Twenty-four teams took part in the competition, which completed its sixth year.