Belvedere clinch sixth T20 title

2016-04-14 06:00
Belvedere Cricket Club are all smiles as they enjoy their sixth T20 championship title. Photo: supplied

Belvedere Cricket Club are all smiles as they enjoy their sixth T20 championship title. Photo: supplied

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THE Tongaat Cricket Union brought the 2015/2016 season to a close with the final of the T20 competition last weekend.

In a repeat of last season’s final, defending champions Belvedere won the toss and elected to bat first against a highly motivated Fairbreeze team seeking their first T20 title; having been runners-up in six previous attempts in a final.

Belvedere openers Shaun Pillay and Kavil Madheo got the defending champions off to a decent start; hitting 19 runs in the fifth over before Pillay became the first wicket to fall when he was caught behind off the bowling of Nithen Noodley.

Kavil Madheo then looked to up the run rate by hitting three boundaries for four before being bowled out by his brother, Rishen Madheo for a quick fire 16.

Dharmesh Suklall and Chris Govender then looked to steady the ship and combined for a third wicket partnership of 30 before Govender was unlucky to go out after he hit the ball onto his pads, which made it roll back to dislodge the bails.

At 60/3 after 11 tough overs, Fairbreeze felt they were in with a chance of restricting Belvedere batsman and it seemed as if Belvedere would struggle to reach 100. However, a well-played 15 from captain Logan Govender and a brilliant 55 not-out by Dharmesh Sukhlall ensured Belvedere reached 117 runs in their allotted 20 overs.

Pick of the Fairbreeze bowlers were Vishalin Pillay, with 2 wickets for just 20 runs, Nithen Moodley who also ended 2/20 and Rishen Madheo for his 2 wickets for 31 runs. Going into the second innings, Fairbreeze were confident they could chase down the target and seemed to be on their way before a brilliant catch by Chris Govender to oust Haslin Naidoo.

With Naidoo’s exit, Fairbreeze lost their first wicket on a score of 25 runs in the fourth over. 25 /1 soon became 30/3 as veteran Danny Nohari claimed the wickets of Prejlin Govender and Ryan Lalhdaas before clinching the wicket of Theoshan Naidoo, who finished on a well-played 35. As a result, Nohari finished the day with a figure of 3/13.

Fairbreeze’s remaining hope lay with Rishen Madheo, but once he was caught and bowled out by Logan Govender, the writing was on the wall for Fairbreeze. Faraad Shaik (24) was the only other batsman to offer any resistance as Chris Govender wrapped up the tail.

The win for Belvedere saw them claim their sixth T20 title in eight editions of the tournament to remain dominant T20 team in the Tongaat Cricket Union.

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