Man-of-the-Match Dharchan Charatar receiving his prize
Skeldon Back Centre are the winners of the inaugural Mohabir Baljeet Sukpaul memorial 20/20 cricket tournament after they defeated Number 48 Challengers at the Skeldon Community Centre on Sunday.
Set 123 to win in a game that was reduced to 15 overs a side, the Challengers failed to live up to their name and were restricted to 75 for 7 in their allotted overs. The Challengers were off to a wobbly start, losing a wicket in each in the first two overs with only one run on the board.
Munish Lalu hit a quick 14 (3×4) and B. Peraud stroked 18, which included one six, as the pair put on 27 in 11 balls. However, once they were dismissed the rest of the innings fell apart.
Earlier, Skeldon Back Centre took first strike and piled up 122 for 6 off their allotted 15 overs. Dharcan Charatar struck one six and was bowled off the last ball of the innings for 49 to help his team to the challenging total. Chris Jhandy chipped in with 21.
The winning Skeldon Back Centre team celebrating their victory
When Number 48 batted Charatar returned take 2 for 12. Wazir Hussain took 2 for 7 and G. Mangal, 2 for 26, to restrict the Challengers. Charatar was named Man-of-the-Match and received a trophy and $5,000. Back Centre received the Mohabir Baljeet Sukpaul memorial trophy and $25,000 while $15,000 and a trophy went to the losing finalist.
Meanwhile, Back Centre earned their place in the final with an easy seven-wicket win over Number 70 MYO in the semi-final match. Batting first, Number 70 made 69 for 8 off their 15 overs. In reply Back Centre reached 72 for 3 in 13.2 overs.
Charatar made an unbeaten 20 to take the Man-of-the-Match award of $4,000. Gajanand Nauth topscored with 21.
In the other semi-final Number 48 Challengers were stretched to the limit when they recorded a one-run win over Number 71. Batting first, the Challengers posted 101 for 7 with Satrohan Singh hitting two fours and two sixes in a Man-of-the-Match knock of 24 while Lalu topscored with 25.
In their turn at the creaseNumber 71 needed to score two runs off the last ball, resulting in K. Seeram losing his offstump to B. Persaud. Number 71 needed to get 12 off the last over.
The competition was sponsored by the children and widow of the late Mohabir Baljeet Sukpaul who was a former wicketkeeper. Sukpaul was also a former Mayor of Corriverton.
The trophies and prizes were presented by family members of the late cricket fan. (Andrew Carmichael)