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Mc David’s bat helps El Do to title
Opener Shaquille Mc David scored a measured, unbeaten 58 to guide El Dorado East Secondary to a five-wicket win over Barataria South Secondary in the final of the SSCL Daren Ganga InterCol T20 Tournament at Guaracara Park, Point-a-Pierre on Friday night.
Mc David’s innings, for which he was named Man-of-the-Match, included two fours of three sixes off 56 balls and helped his side rebound from a precarious 51 for five in its second innings chase of 118. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Barataria were in trouble at 22 for three before captain Shaquille Johnson (42 off 49) and Carl Vialva (34 off 41) came together to add 79 off 83 balls for the fourth wicket.
However, both became victims of Jameel Lashley (4-0-21-2) as the team eventually reached 117 for five off their 20 overs. Opening bowlers Reshawn Baptiste (4-0-22-2) and Adrian Geeban (4-0-16-1) were also among the wickets, removing the dangerous Savion Lara (4) and Tion Webster (4) respectively in the early overs. The 16-year-old Baptiste impressed in the field as well, taking a blinding catch to dismiss top-scorer Johnson and later setting up the run out of Tristan Singh (2).
El Dorado also had a difficult start to their innings, losing five of their top six batsmen for single figure scores, including star player Ewart Nicholson for a duck. At 51 for five, Mc David was joined by Kyle Ramoutar (27 no off 33), with whom he shared a match-winning, unbroken stand of 68 for the sixth wicket which helped El Dorado cruise to the title with nine balls to spare.
Following the game, El Dorado coach Nigel Maharaj said he was proud to be involved in the school’s first title win. “This is the only trophy we have in our cabinet and we did it without taking students from other schools. The majority of students passed for ‘El Do’.” he said. ”The experienced players brought a sense of calmness to the team and all 15 men did their work. It’s a big relief.”
Meanwhile in the Girls’ final, Shanelle Nanlal hit 45 and Cher Hackoochain took three for eight to rally Naparima Girls to a 44-run win over Point Fortin West Secondary.
Barataria South Secondary 117–7 (20) (Shakeel Johnson 42 (49), Carl Vialva 34 (41), Reshawn Baptiste 4-0-22-2, Jameel Lashley 4-0-21-2, Adrian Geeban 4-0-16-1) vs El Dorado East Secondary 118–5 (18.3) (Shaquille McDavid 58 no (56), Kyle Ramoutar 27 no (20), Shakeel Johnson 3.3-0-19-1, Tion Webster 4-0-23-1). El Dorado won by five wickets.
Naparima Girls 120–4 (15) (Shanelle Nanlal 45) vs Point Fortin West 76 all out (14.3)(O Alexander 17, Cher Hackoochain 3–8). Naparima won by 44 runs.
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