Trinidad and Tobago has?ended Barbados’ grip on the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.
In dramatic fashion yesterday, Powergen Penal Sports Club captured the 27th Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament with a tense nine-run victory over Combermere at Kensington Oval.
Set a target of 139 after Powergen had been dismissed for 138, Combermere were seemingly on course for victory at 128 for eight, before losing their last two wickets for the addition of just one run.
It proved to be the final twist in a match that wasn’t decided until the very last over when Combermere’s Shaquille Bobb was run out attempting a suicidal second run.
The dismissal sent the Powergen players and management team into a frenzy, while the despondent expressions upon the faces in the Combermere camp told the story of a defeat which was snatched from victory.
With Combermere seemingly down and out on 86 for eight, a ninth-wicket partnership of 42 between Keon Harding and Daniel Jordan had threatened to carry the local side to victory.
And when Harding clouted Powergen’s leg-spinner Jordan Samkaran for two successive sixes over midwicket in the 37th over, the first of which slipped through the hands of Stephon Lochan and over the ropes, it meant that Combermere required 18 runs from 18 balls.
They had whittled it down to 11 when Jordan needlessly ran himself out, setting out for a non-existent single after Harding had struck the ball straight to the fielder at mid-on.
Bobb then failed to get a single run off the penultimate over delivered by Samkaran, leaving Harding with the task of scoring 11 runs from the final over.
He wouldn’t even come close, as in his attempt to retain the strike, Bobb was run out by a mile when Quane Ragoonanan’s accurate throw from long on caught him well short of his ground.
In an interview with MIDWEEKSPORT shortly after his team achieved victory, Powergen coach, Surujdath Mahabir expressed his delight at his side’s triumph.
He revealed that it was especially thrilling to win the competition in his first attempt, while noting that it was?Powergen’s first success in their third attempt.
“We didn’t get the kind of score that we would have liked, because we were looking at 160 plus and we only managed 138.
“It meant that we had to defend very well which we did, but there was a lower order partnership which almost took the game away from us.
“But the guys came back big in the end and Combermere threw away a couple wickets with the run outs, but at the end we were victorious and that is what we came here for.”
Earlier, in their turn at the crease, Powergen owed their eventual total to a seventh-wicket partnership of 60 between Jerve Cummings, who made 20, and Jameel Maniram who topscored with 36.
They came together with their team in tatters on 66 for six in the 19th over, after medium-pacer Davon Goodman and Combermere captain Matthew Jones had threatened to bundle them out.
For the next 12 overs, the pair combined patience with guile, content to just work the ball into the gaps, while picking up the occasional boundary when the opportunity presented itself.
By the time Cummings was eventually out lbw to leg-spinner Daniel Jordan in the 33rd over, they had carried the score to 126 and frustrated Combermere for an hour-and-a-half.
Jones finished with the superb figures of five for 15 from his 7.2 overs, but it wasn’t enough to lead his team to victory.