Grand Final Match Report: Trinidad & Tobago Legions vs United Chargers at Central Broward Regional Cricket Stadium. Trinidad & Tobago Legions 5/176, Chargers 8/153. Legions win by 24 runs.
The best was certainly saved for last in this year’s US Open Cricket Tournament.
Tournament favorites and defending champions the United Chargers were certainly not a surprise inclusion for the grand final match. While first time participants Trinidad & Tobago Legions were unknowns on the first day of play, by the end of semi finals, they had surely earned their stripes and the support of many in the crowd.
T&T Legions were the first to bat and got off to a start that would have many on the team feeling pretty nervous. By the end of the second over, Legions had already lost 2 wickets, and for just 3 runs. Numbers 3 and 4, Adrian Ali and Shazam Babwah steadied the ship then proceeded to take the game away from the defending champions. Ali stroked a quick 32 off 34 balls in support of Babwah, who proceeded to tear the Chargers bowling attack apart.
Babwah caught fire, smashing ten 6s in a 54 ball demolition that netted him what was certainly the century of the tournament. By the time Steve Massiah had Babwah caught out, the damage was already done. 22 runs off 16 balls for Rajendra Mangalie and a quick 10 off 5 balls by Andrew Brown sealed the chargers fate.
The Chargers certainly didn’t give up and were in the match until the last few overs of their batting innings. A number of batsmen got off to a good start, but none were able to build a big enough innings to win the match. Steve Massiah punched out a solid 21 off 29 balls and Rashad Marshall put on 24 off of 26 balls, but the bowling was always at them.
Legions demon spinner Sanjeev Gooljar did as much damage with the ball as Shazam did with the bat. He ended up snagging 4 wickets, giving up 26 runs off of his 4 over spell. But Shazam didn’t just talk with his bat, either, taking two wickets himself, although he gave up 44 runs in doing so.