The curtains came down on the Desruisseaux Twenty20 cricket competition on Sunday, with a new champion crowned at the Desruisseaux Playing Field.
In the grand final, United Raiders defeated last year’s champions Rising Stars by nine runs in the last over of an exciting match.
Batting first, Raiders made 130/7. For once, Dwight Thomas – the tournament’s Most Valuable Player – was not a major contributor to the scoreboard. But Mario Gittens stepped in with a top score of 31.
Confident of achieving the low target, Rising Stars benefitted from a knock of 32 by Mervin Wells. But Wells had too little support, and a fine bowling spell of 3-14 by Shelton Arneau limited the chase to 123 all out.
Earlier in the day, captain Kenneth Joseph guided Glass Masters to a one-wicket win over Blanchard United with a knock of 43 not out, to capture the third place prize. Despite a fine knock of 57 runs by Ryan Langelier, Blanchard United had to settle for fourth place.
Sponsors, Mon Repos Eastern Cooperative Credit Union, rewarded Laxman Persad of United Raiders for taking the most wickets (17). Dwight Thomas, also of United Raiders, made the most runs (230), and was named tournament MVP. Janeaque Serieux from Rising Stars was named best youth player of the tournament.