Transport ‘Little Champs’ stun DCC in thrilling V-Net U-13 final

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Transport Sports Club (TSC) upstaged hosts Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) to win the V-Net Communications sponsored Under-13 ‘Little Champs’ 25-over tournament on Friday evening.

DCC had been one the dominant sides in the tournament, but playing the most important of the tournament without their pillar in batting and bowling, Johnathan VanLange, was going to be an uphill battle.

That being said, Transport truly deserved the title as champions as they seized the crunch moments in the match and defended 257-3, winning by one run.

CEO of V-Net Communications Safraz Sheriffudeen presents TSC’s Alvin Mohabir with the Best All-Rounder trophy

The match was played under the condition that each team start the allotted 25 overs with 200 runs; batsmen batted in set pairs for mandatory five-over periods.

Wides and no-balls were credited with two runs for the batting side, while the fall of a wicket meant that 10 runs were discounted from the batting total.

It was DCC who lost more wickets which essentially made run-chasing more difficult as they ended on 346-9; the nine wickets meant 90 runs had to be subtracted, which effectively meant they scored 256.

The pair of Wavell Allen and Myem Khan, who posted 21 for the last wicket, their team’s best partnership, could only muster nine off left-arm spinner Sachin Persaud, who bowled the last over.

Most Valuable Player of the final Riyad Latiff collects his award from GCA President Roger Harper

Riyad Latif picked up 2-7, Dave Mohabir 2-9 and Reyaz Latif 2-10 for TSC. When TSC batted, Alvin Mohabir top scored with 14, while Most Valuable Player of the final, Riyad Latiff made 12.

Safraz Sheriffudeen, Chief Executive Officer of satellite company V-Net Communications, noted how impressed he was with the level of intensity of the young players and pledged his company’s further commitment to the sport.

Among the other sponsors in the Georgetown Cricket Association organised event were Cerulean Inc., Guyana Trading Company and Eco Atlantic International Investment Inc.

Individual awards

Best Bowling performance: R. Jeenarine (DCC) 4-6 against Bel Air Rubis

Best Batting performance: Alvin Mohabir (TSC) 64 vs Georgetown Cricket Club

Most Wickets: Wavell Allen (DCC) nine wickets at 3.8

Best Batsman: Jonathan Van Lange (DCC) 111 at an average of 27.75

Best All-rounder: Alvin Mohabir (TSC) 112 runs at an average of 22.4 and six wickets at 4.2

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