USA Cricket -Tropical to meet Vibes in Georgia Supreme Championship
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By Conroy Reid
This script may have been etched in stone and read over and over again. The legendary champion vs. the up and coming youngster; Tropical vs. Vibes in the League championship game. No other edition available. Dominating batting performances from the frontline batsmen from both of these teams propelled them into the marquee matchup for the season’s finale.
At Burdette Park: Defending league champion Tropical overcame a comical fielding performance, seemingly influenced by a Saturday night hang-over, to rout UBACCC by eight wickets.
Pic (Right): Former Jamaica cricketer, Tony Powell's 93 featured nine 4s and four 6s.
Former West Indies ‘A’ and Jamaica national player Tony “Pow Pow” Powell’s solid 93 not out, with nine 4s and four 6s, and J. Lindo’s 60 - featuring a 158 run second wicket partnership between them - booked Tropical’s place in the Final. Earlier, UBA had recovered from 40 for 3 with a huge 135 run 4th wicket partnership between Tulloch, 94, and Taylor, 71, n.o, to post the respectable total of 217 for 4. They were helped by some atrocious fielding lapses by Tropical with at least ten catches floored. UBA fielders did not fare much better as they also floored several opportunities on this chilly October afternoon.
UBACCC 217 for 4 (Tulloch 94 , Taylor 71 n.o; Williams 3 for 31) lost to Tropical 218 for 2 (T. Powell 93 n.o, Lindo 60)
At Lithonia Park: High flying, T20 and 45-Overs champions, Vibes Sports Club, stormed into the league’s title game with a crushing 150 run victory. An overmatched Nashville Vols was put to the sword by Mumby and Latore in their huge second wicket partnership, and then by a blistering century from MVP contender, Alexander, as Vibes topped the 300 mark. Alexander then completed a fine all-round day by claiming 3 for 28.
Vibes: 345 for 3 (Mumby 134, Alexander 104 n.o) defeated Nashville 195 (Alexander 3 for 28)
Vibes swims away with Georgia Supreme T20 title
A tropical depression hovered over Atlanta last Sunday forcing an abandonment to the semifinals and final games in the T20 competition. Overnight light scattered showers had dampened the pitches and outfields at McNair Middle school, and early morning overcast conditions prevented any drying out. A ray of sunshine broke through the clouds around noon, and the game between Vibes and UBA got underway. Tropical and the Lions game was still delayed as their pitch was slower in drying out.
UBA won the toss, and, as any team would do under the given conditions, elected to bowl. Tight bowling by UBA’s Bisnott and Atkins, and the slow outfield, made scoring rather difficult for Vibes who soon lost Mumby and Powell. At the ten overs mark Vibes was reeling; 47 for 5, with key batsmen Latore and Alexander also back in the pavilion. It was time for a water break, and break it did. The clouds opened up and a steady continuous shower flowed. UBA was left holding the reel and wondering what might have been.
The big catch had gotten away, and all that remained was chatter from the crowds that had gathered under the tents, while the spicy aroma of jerk chicken and fry fish filled the air. The game between the Lions and Tropical never got started.
Vibes, by virtue of their top seeding from the qualifying rounds, was declared winner of the competition.