Tony engineers first title for Future Champs B team

POSTED: 09/10/12 12:45 AM

St. Maarten – Had it not been for a huge six by Troy Tony that gave the Future Champs B team a stunning victory at a critical stage in the semi final game against the Motorworld Kaiteur last Saturday, they would not have clinched the Prime Pepsi title which was played yesterday.
After a 5 wicket win and 50 balls to spare in that semi final game, the budding youth team playing their best game since the formation of the team went on to beat the Everest Cricket Club by 153 runs and 134 balls to spare in what can only be described as a one sided affair.
The star player on both days was Shaquille Martina who scored 82 in the semi final game and 74 in the finals and on both occasions he was the man of the match. Sent into bat by the Everest CC, the Future Champs B team were 225 for 9 from the stipulated 40 overs.
Just like the semi final game, Martina was the batsmen that provided a solid platform in the inning until he was bowled by Chetram Ram on 74 which included 11 fours from 61 balls and batting for 72 minutes and that proved that there was never a dull moment while he was at the crease.
Also contributing with the bat was Daniel Doram, who was out LBW from the of Anil Garib on 39 which included 6 fours while facing 53 balls and batting for 70 minutes and Gregorio Ritchie stuck around long enough until he was run out from the bowling of Steven Evans on 29.
It was a bad decision to send in the young team to bat first and chasing 226 to win, the Everest CC were 72 for 9 after 17.2 overs. Only four fours came off the over and that alone explains the pressure they were playing under.
It was a disaster from the start losing their first wicket with the score on 5 when Evans, who was capable of scoring triple figures was bowled by Martina on 01. After an addition of 4 runs, D Jaimangal was sent back to the pavilion after he was stumped by Mohit Hingorani off the bowling from Doram on 06.
Instead of consolidating, the middle and lower order crumbled under the pressure of the team that were playing like they wanted to win a championship title and the domino effect went into play with wickets falling at regular intervals.
The only batsmen to get into double figures was Pars Assien batting at number 7 who was stumped by Hingorani off the bowling from Shane Rowe on 17 and James Remice, batting at number 8 was caught by Vimal Ragubhir off the bowling from Martina on 16. In the bowling department, Martina had 4 for 16.

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