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Crown No. 4

Philip Hackett

Crown No. 4

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Unstoppable UWI have added another trophy to their 2012 bounty.
Half-centuries from openers Chadwick Walton and Raymon Reifer combined with penetrative bowling from leg-spinner Akeem Dewar combined to help UWI Blackbirds secure a comprehensive 80-run victory over St Thomas Warriors to win the C.O. Williams/UWI Inter-Parish Twenty20 Cricket Competition when the final came off at the 3Ws Oval on Saturday night.
The opening pair set the foundation for a challenging score of 186 for three and Dewar ensured the Blackbirds defended the total with panache as he took four for 15 to influence a St Thomas collapse that resulted in them being bowled out for a modest 106 off 15.5 overs.
“It’s a pretty good tournament to get a lot of exposure for some of the other players. To me it is a good competition and I would like to thank the sponsors for having another year of it,” UWI captain Kyle Corbin told NATIONSPORT after the match.
“In my opinion it has been getting better every year. Every year you see new talent coming out, you see a lot of new Under-19 players being exposed and that kind of stuff, so I think the standard of cricket is getting better.”
The result rounded off a super year for UWI who won their fourth title to add to their Barbados Cricket Association’s three leading competition wins.
Reifer hit a purposeful 57 off 43 balls, batting deep into the innings before being dismissed in the 16th over when he was well caught by Diego Stuart at long-on from the bowling of pacer Ryan Nurse who was easily the most impressive of the St Thomas bowlers, conceding just 25 off his four-over quota and claimed the wicket of Reifer who struck two sixes and three fours.
Walton was even more belligerent, smacking three sixes and four fours in exactly fifty off just 31 deliveries. The openers posted 76 for the first wicket in 8.2 overs after reaching 62 without loss in the six over power play period.
Captain Corbin maintained the tempo with a breezy 32 off 21 balls, counting a six and three fours in the process.  
Player/coach Floyd Reifer scored a fluent unbeaten 23 off 18 balls with one four while Dewar was 16 not out off 18 deliveries. He struck one six.
Pedro Greaves gave St Thomas’ run chase an energetic start with 24 off 13 balls but after smashing a six and  three fours he was bowled by pacer Derone Davis with  the total on 29.  
By the time the power play was completed, fellow opener Kevin Greene and Anthony Rollins had joined Greaves in the pavilion with St Thomas 48 for three.
Akeem Springer kept them in the game with a forthright 27 off 16 balls with two sixes and two fours before he was run out.  Shortly before, Dewar had claimed the prized wicket of Warriors captain Kyle Mayers for just eight and immediately after the run out of Springer, Marlon Welcome Goodman edged Dewar to Corbin at slip to leave St Thomas 79 for six.
There would be no recovery as Dewar added the wickets of Damian Hoyte, caught at deep mid-wicket by Anthony Alleyne and Diego Stuart, caught at backward point by Kesrick Williams.
The result gave UWI Blackbirds, champions in 2008, the honour of being the only team to win the championship twice in the six years the tournament has been played.