On July 18, in a game reduced to 30 overs because of a very long rain delay, defending 45 overs champion Vibes Sports Club trounced the perennial Atlanta powerhouse, Tropical Sports Club, by seven wickets to take the 2010 title. The high expectations for a hotly contested game never did materialize as Tropical wilted early in the humid and heavily overcast conditions, and under the Vibes high energy attack led by Jowayne Powell’s 3 for 13 off six overs.
Evidence of the overnight rain was still very visible at Best Academy when Vibes won the toss and, to no one’s surprise, elected to field. The decision paid quick dividend, as with the second ball of the inning Dyer struck Johnson plumb in front with one that kept low. Then in quick succession and as if in a morbid procession the batsmen fell; Lindo edged to second slip, D. Hoillett came up short in a suicidal run, Powell edged to first slip, and Givance was squared up by one that went to gully. Score 18 for 5, off 8 overs. Doom and gloom in the Tropical camp; dark, heavy clouds overhead; cheers and a sense of urgency in the Vibes corner. Harris and R. Hoilett staged a mild recovery, and at 52 for 5 off 18, the clouds opened up, a welcome sight for one but agony for another. Two and a half hours later, the rain had stopped, the sun shone brightly, the grounds crew completed their work, and the moods switch yet again. Alexander removed Harris in the first over on resumption, and Tropical struggled to 119 for 8 off the newly allotted 30 overs. R. Hoilett top scored with 32. Dyer took 2 for 19.
In the Vibes run chase, Mumby and Knight began in great fashion and foiled an unconventional opening bowling attempt by Tropical who started with spinners Slocombe and Johnson. An early break through went begging when Phillps, at deep mid-wicket, put down a skier from Mumby, and with that went all Tropical’s hope. Vibes took full advantage. With two huge sixes from Mumby and a few fours from Knight the Vibes score sped past 50. By now the crowd had grown much larger as the word had spread around that the game was on despite the heavy rains that had fallen. Mumby fell for 35 at 64, slogging across one from Powell. This brought the young, exciting Latore to the crease and he did not disappoint.
One square cut in particular - up on his toes to a short one from Ebanks and slashing it hard to backward point - brought applause and cheers from the crowd. A few more drives throught he off side and a huge towering six in his quickfire inning of 38 was enough to for Latore to take Vibes home in 23 overs. Knight chipped in with 28, including four 4s.
The post game activities were short lived as the cloud returned and the sound of thunder caused many spectators to scamper for their vehicles, and shortly thereafter, the rain returned.