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Triumphant Vibes Takes Triple - Edges Tropical in Last Over Thriller
By Conroy Reid
an ebb and flow game the team that seemed to have wanted it most won.
The team that dug deep, and saved boundaries, cut off singles, made
fewest errors, got the most chances, and got the close calls, and a few
not so close, won.
Pic (Right) Edwards' miserly spell handcuffs Tropical
On a glorious October Sunday, the season’s dominant and undefeated
team, Vibes Sports Club pulled off a nail-biter to upend the defending
champions, Tropical, in the league finale. In doing so, Vibes topped
Tropical for the fourth consecutive time this season, and laid claim to
the league title to compliment their achievements in the 45 Overs and
T20 competitions thereby claiming “A Triple Crown”.
Scores: Vibes 253 for 9; Mumby 76; Knight 40; Tropical 244 for 9; Harris 70 n.o, Givance 45; Alexander 3 for 50
Center stage was set in the middle of the broad expanse of McNair 1
field, under clear blue skies, summer-like temperatures in the mid
80’s, and a slight north easterly breeze. Tropical won the toss.
An apparently new tactical approach was immediately set in motion
when they decided to field first. It paid no quick dividends. Mumby and
Knight launched into the Tropical opening attack of Ebanks and
Williams, and Vibes was quickly away on a six-runs-per-over sprint.
Both opening bowlers were quickly out of the attack with Wong and
Harris taking over after just six overs. The run rate slowed as these
two bowled a much better line. A Wong yorker led to huge, confident,
LBW appeal from all fielders around the bat, but was turned down, and
Mumby survived. An even more vociferous and confident appeal followed
later against Knight for a run-out, with the batsman well short of the
crease, and that went unrewarded. He also survived, and the run rate
slowed even further as Wong and Harris continued to peg away.
The break through for Tropical came when Knight swung across the line
to a first up delivery from Slocombe – on in place of Wong – and was
out plumb in front, at 86 for 1. Latore joined Mumby and the two
pedaled along, taking a special liking to Slocome to bring up another
fifty run partnership though the run rate fell to under 5 per over.
Just when Mumby, on 76 (six 4s, one 6), seemed set for his second
consecutive century he basically committed a suicidal act, attempting a
second run that was never there, and Vibes was 144 for 2. Latore also
soon went via the run out when he charged down the pitch for a run but
Alexander stood his ground.
Then came a series of more
mediocre fielding display by Tropical players: a glance into the hands
of Lindo at square-leg, a pop-up to the wicketkeeper Givance, a skier
to Powell at long-off, and a heave to Lindo this time at square-leg
were all grassed. In between, there was a stunning one-handed catch by
Lindo just inside the boundary, only to be followed by a terrible
mis-judge by Hoilette to one lofted to him at mid-on. Vibes rode these
golden gifts to post the formidable score of 253 for 9 with Smith and
J. Powell chipping in with some late inning boundaries.
and Lindo started the run chase impressively for Tropical as they
attacked the short-pitched deliveries from Powell. This sprung a quick
change by the Vibes captain, Sheriff Mark Baker. Edwards and Lambert
were brought into the attack and they immediately placed a stranglehold
on the Tropical batsmen. A forward defensive stroke became the regular
Pic (Right): Givance: Stood tall but Tropical fell short
When Lindo tried to break the shackles by pulling at one from
Edwards, he popped up to Dyer at mid-on with the score now at 53 for 1.
Powell joined Givance but the struggle for runs continued and the overs
rolled by. When Edwards completed his remarkable spell, his bowling
line read 8 – 0 – 20 -1 (0 W, 0 NB); Lambert, at the other end, may not
have been as miserly, but his line of 8 – 0 – 32 – 1 was just as
rewarding with Givance (45, four 4s) being his victim.
that the game was slipping away, R. Hoilette got too aggressive with
his stroke to a yorker from Alexander and was bowled. D. Hoilette, also
trying to up the tempo was undone by Smith, and the agony ended for
Powell when he holed out to Parchment in the deep off Alexander. The
score read 120 for 5, and the Vibes crowd erupted. The required run
rate had by now inched up to double digits.
Two huge sixes
from Williams, along with one 6 and a couple of fours from Harris
brought signs of life from the Tropical bench. Then a lull. Williams
played all over one from Alexander and his stumps were pegged back. Now
noise from the Vibes bench. Bennett joined Harris and a most bizarre
play ensued. Bennett played one back down the track then spun around to
dive back in the crease as the bowler picked up and had a throw at the
stumps. Ball hit bat; appeal from all the close in fielders; decision –
out; obstruction. Jubilation in the Vibes tents; fussing and yelling
over at Tropical’s.
Wong fell for a duck at 168 for 8, and
the required run rate climber even higher. But Harris was still at the
crease, and with Ebanks the ninth wicket partnership soon reached fifty
and the scored raced passed 200. More ebb and flow – noise in the
Tropical tents; lull in Vibes’.
With Tropical at 232 and
victory seemingly in sight, Ebanks strayed too far down to a wide one
from Smith, and was smartly stumped by Knight. Ebb and flow. Last over;
15 needed; Harris on strike. 2, 2, off the first two deliveries. A
drive to long-on off the third delivery; single taken. Grave
miscalculation by the skipper. Three swings by Slocombe. With each
swoosh, a dull thud echoed out of the keeper’s gloves. Harris, on 70
with five 4s and three 6s, could only watch from the non- strikers end
and ponder what might have been.
Game over. Vibes wins.