(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Choiseul Cooperative Credit Union 40 over cricket competition came to a conclusion on Sunay 25th Feb at the La Fargue Playing Field.
The day was blessed with sunshine for the encounter between EBONY and KEHLS MONGOUGE. These clubs have met in a final on 4 previous occasions with EBONY prevailing each time.
Prior to match, the National Anthem beautifully sung by Tyler Theophane. This was followed by a minutes silence in respect of three young men and cricket players who passed away recently and played in Choiseul competitions (Kendon Tobbiere (Balca) , McHail Theophane (Caffiere) and Nick Elibox (Morne Sion). Finally teams were introduced to Mr Shaun Alcindor (1st Vice President of the SLNCA). The toss was won by KEHLS who chose to bat.
At 3 for 36 off 9 overs, enter left handed batter Vince Smith whose mother had been buried the previous day. Maybe inspired by this Smith went on to hit 134 off 87 balls which included 7 boundaries and 12 sixes. This included a seventh wicket partnership of 53 in which Vince scored 51. This innings propelled KEHLS to an imposing 235 for 9.
The Ebony bowlers toiled with two young bowlers Darion Louis taking 5 for 32 and Darryl Francis 4 for 42. Veteran Desmond Alfred was brutalized being hit for 58 off 5 overs.
Scoreboard pressure was evident from the start with Valange St Ange falling in the first over. This was followed by a procession with Brad Brouet top scoring with 18 and Ebony being bowled out for a meagre 70 in 14.1 overs. Shani Messain did much of the damage with aggressive quick bowling taking 5 for 38. KEHLS thus prevailed by 165 runs. The man of the match decision was not difficult to make – VINCE SMITH.
In other awards SANJAY PAMPHILE was named player of the competition for his 251 runs at a strike rate of 197 and 7 wickets. VINCE SMITH was the highest run scorer with 297 as well the batter who hit the most 6’s – 26. Three players – Shani Mesmain, Darrion Louis and Mervie Williams (Rising Star) all took 12 wickets with young Mervie Williams being rewarded by dint of a 6.58 bowling average. Elijah Leon (Morne Sion) had the best bowling figures in a match 5-11 against Caffiere.
Inspite of unpredictable weather, in which 3 out of 18 matches were abandoned, the competition was played in a good spirit. The wickets generally played well thanks to the efforts of Francis Josephat (aka Fano), the standard of umpiring was high with Roylyn Cooper standing in 10 out of the 17 matches and a special thanks goes out to Esther Theophane for all her ‘backroom’ support. Finally the organizing committee would like to thank the Choiseul Co-operative Credit Union for their sponsorship which we hope can be repeated for a similar competition starting at the end of this year.