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Back to Back Title for Tropical!! Powell leads allround Tropical to league title with win over Vibes...

With a performance reminiscent of the glory days of years gone by, Tropical began a new era by edging Vibes in the 2012 championship game to retain the GSCL league title for their second in a row. A splendid knock of 76 with four 4s and six 6s by Tony “Pow Pow” Powell led the way, with amply support from Dean Morgan, 26 including three 4s. Still it took a last over heroics from Ryan Wong who launched two 6s and two 4s, sandwiched around holing out to long - on off a noball, to carry Tropical past the magical 200 mark. In a hard fought inning were runs were scarce they recovered from 42 for 3 off 12 to post a formidable 210 all out. The spin twins of Slocombe and Morgan then returned the impeccable figures of 8-2-23-3 and 8-0-35-3 respectively, aided by two spectacular catches – one by Powell at slips to remove Garrick, and the other a one handed over–the-head take at long-on by Jamel Morgan to remove Bryce – as Vibes fell 10 runs shorts in their run chase.The game began under clear skies, but with temperatures hovering in the mid sixties and a slight breeze blowing a few golden leaves across the now graying field at Burdett Park. Autumn – as we know it – signifying the end of the cricket season, with players and spectators alike donning their heavy sweaters. Tropical’s Givance won the toss and, without hesitation, elected to take first strike. Morgan and Mumby carefully negotiated the tricky pace of the wicket and the tight bowling of Dyer and Lyle to get 40 off the first 10 overs. A change in bowling did the trick for Vibes. Morgan drove at one from Williams and holed out to Dyer at deep midoff. Givance then edged his first delivery to slips where Brown took a splendid catch diving low to his left. Powell survived the hat-trick ball. In the next over, Mumby played all around one from Lyle and was bowled. Suddenly it was three down. Powell and Hoilette then staged a recovery with a 78 run fourth wicket partnership, with Powell, in fine touch, leading the way. The Vibes breakthrough came in the 29th over, when Brown had Hoilette caught for 18, with the score at 120 for 4. Powell then stepped into high gear smashing Brown over mid-wicket and Francois over extra cover. Suddenly a huge roar erupted around the entire field of mostly Caribbean origin spectators. It was not for Powell’s sixes but for West Indies victory in the world T20. Dyer returned to pick-up three quick wickets including that of Powell, caught at long on. At 184 for 9 in the 39th over it appeared as though Tropical would have a sub 200 score. But then Wong took center stage; his exclamation point - a towering shot over long off, into the parking lot. Dyer finished with 3 for 24, and Williams 4 for 65 – being victimized by Wong’s assault, and too many no-balls. In typical fashion, Vibes openers – Garrick and Bryce – were off on a flier. But with the score on 22 in only the second over, Garrick, after smashing Morgan for two straight fours, swung at one wide of the stumps. The edge flew low and wide to first slip where Powell dove full length to snatch it. Later, Bryce also took the attack to Morgan and sent one flying, only to have the other Morgan pull off his spectacular act inches from the boundary. Next, McFarlane failed to get on top of square cut and was caught at point, and at 50 for 3 off 9 overs, the game swung to even. The pair of Williams and Parchment settled down, and just as with the Tropical, the fourth wicket partnership slowly grew and grew. Williams got to his half century, and the score reached 126. Then disaster struck. Williams failed to get underneath a flighted one from Slocombe and was caught by Harris at long-off; Parchment’s loft off Powell went straight to the man just inside the cover boundary; Avril misread the straight one from Slocombe and was plumb in front, and Lyle was bamboozled and bowled by a Morgan off-spinner. The score now read 142 for 7! A session of will and nerves followed. Dyer went on a rampage with three huge sixes, before holing out to Harris off Slocombe’s last over. Brown clobbered a six and a four, and then missed a full ball from Willams. Francois worked the ball around to take the score to 200 with two overs remaining, and the entire park fell quiet. When Ainsley edged to the keeper, another roar erupted, this time from only half the field.
Conroy Reid-Gascl.org