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Spartan win last-over thriller

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

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In a tense finish at one of the country’s most storied cricket grounds, home team Supercentre Spartan defeated Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme yesterday in the final over by three wickets in a thriller at Queen’s Park in the Barbados Cricket Association’s Sagicor Twenty20 Cup.
Set 120 to win in a maximum 20 overs, the Parkites began the final over needing seven runs from six balls with captain Jebbari Niles and all-rounder Kenroy Lewis at the crease and three wickets in hand. Niles and Lewis picked up singles from the first two balls bowled by seamer Dario Burnham.
From the third with three balls left and four more needed for victory Niles whipped Burnham over square-leg for a boundary to the disappointment of the soldiers who fought gallantly to defend a small total.
Earlier, Larando Best topscored in BDFSP innings of 119 from their allotment of 20 overs with a 38 ball 37 with three fours and a six. Renaldo Griffith assisted with an unbeaten 31 from 29 balls but the soldiers middle-order was rocked by new Spartan leg-spinner Amir Thomas, who took three for 22 runs from four overs, and also by four run outs.
Shamarh Brooks kept the home team in the chase but when he was dismissed in the 14th over with the score on 69 for five after stroking 30 from 26 balls the innings was at the crossroads.
The damage was done by the tough off-spinner Renaldo Brathwaite who snared three middle-order wickets for 24. (HE)