Simple Boys leave Novice empty-handed
December 13, 2013
Simple Boys leave Novice empty-handed

Gairy Construction Simple Boys scraped home off the last ball to take the 2013 National Lotteries Authority Top Belair Progressive Organisation Championship, dethroning 2012 winners CGM Novice, in a match befitting a final, last Sunday afternoon at the Dauphine Playing Field.{{more}}

It was an injured Travis Cumberbatch who hoisted Westrick Straugh for a six, as Simple Boys needed four runs for the last delivery.

Simple Boys finished on 172 for 9 from their 17.5 overs.

Apart from Cumberbatch’s 19 not out, Eldon Morris hit five sixes and three fours in his 49; Stein Joseph laced four sixes and one four in his knock of 33; Xavique and Alexander scored 21, to prop up Simple Boys’ response.

Amidst the rain of sixes, Desron Spring picked up 3 for 17, Roderick Williams 2 for 31 and Westrick Straugh 2 for 38.

Novice had posted 169 for 8 from 17.5 overs as a heavy shower ended the innings. Renrick Williams belted 12 sixes in his 76, while Hyron Shallow had 24 and Elton Williams struck three sixes in his 24.

Bowling for Simple Boys, Eldon Morris had 3 for 24 and Stein Joseph, 2 for 28.

But it was Travis Cumberbatch’s three overs for just two runs and two catches, including a stunner, as well as a run out, which lifted the Simple Boys team in the field.

Ironically, Cumberbatch, who plays for Novice in the Greiggs competition and was on the losing end the previous day, proved to be “the thorn in his teammates’ side”.

But on his home turf, Cumberbatch was voted Man of the Match and shared the most wickets with Toppers’ Vernardo Primus, as both gathered 15 scalps.

Roderick John scored the most runs, 207 and was the lone centurion.

Simple Boys pocketed $2,000 and Novice $1,000.

It was Novice’s second defeat in this year’s competition at the hands of Simple Boys, as both clashed in the opening match of Zone A.

Novice was losing their second final in as many days, as they were dethroned by Owia Young Strikers on Saturday, in the Greiggs competition.

According to current captain of Novice Elton Williams, who has been part of the team for 18 years, it was one of the team’s leanest years.

He said that Novice has been around for the past 20 years, and has trumped the TBPO competition on seven occasions of their 10 times in the final.

Toppers gained the third place and $750, after beating Gomea Bombers in the third place play-off which preceded the final. Gomea Bombers scored 71, to which Toppers replied with 72 for 7. (RT)