Former national cricketer Richard Kelly produced a swashbuckling, unbeaten half-century to steer Hillview Renegades to a resounding victory over Full of Vybz in the final of the inaugural Ramps Logistics Super Series T20 tournament at the University of the West Indies in St Augustine on Sunday.
A four-wicket haul by off-spinner Varindra Jagrup severely undermined Full of Vybz’s aspirations of posting a competitive score and Kelly then blazed his way to 81 not out as Renegades, chasing 128, romped to a crushing eight-wicket win with three overs to spare. In the process, he won the V&S Pharmaceutical awards for both Man-of-the-Match and the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.
Playing on the Sir Frank Worrell Ground, Kelly and Marc Panchu laid the foundation for a successful run chase with an opening partnership of 83 runs. Panchu’s eventual dismissal for 32 had no effect on the outcome as the Hillview Renegades continuing to chip away at the total, the left-handed Kelly belting six fours and five sixes in a shot-filled innings that decided the fate of the match. He was still there when they got home on 128 for two, winning with 19 balls to spare.
Earlier, Full of Vybz were made to rue their decision to take first strike. Hillview Renegades produced a disciplined bowling effort to dismiss them for 127 in 19.4 overs.
Off-spinner Varindra Jagrup, an accountant and former national scholarship winner, dismantled the Full of Vybz top order, claiming four wickets for 16 runs from his four overs. He was well supported by Panchu who had two for 26.
Jagrup had them reeling at four for 10 before Sanjay Jawahir and Kishan Dhaniram halted the destruction with a fifth-wicket partnership of 85. Jawahir was dropped early in his innings by Panchu at backward point and made Renegades pay with a ruthless innings, scoring 58 off 35 balls with included four fours and three sixes, and Dhaniram made a patient 28, off 37. The partnership, however, was broken by Panchu in his second spell and the Full of Vybz innings fold shortly after.
Preceding the final, Ramps Logistics had defeated NAPS Alumni by eight wickets to claim third place in the tournament. Christopher Morgan’s spell of five for 11 sent NAPS crashing to 117 and Ramps Logistics cruised to 121 for two, off 18.3 overs, to complete an easy victory.
SFBT defeated Lawyers by six runs to win the Plate title in a thrilling match that went down to the final over while, in the Plate Playoff, Doctors defeated Real CC by six wickets to avenge their loss to Real in the group stages of the tournament.
FULL OF VYBZ 127 in 19.4 overs (Sanjay Jawahir 58, Kishan Dhaniram 28; Varindra Jagrup 4-16, Marc Panchi 2-26)
HILLVIEW RENEGADES 128-2 in 16.5 overs (Richard Kelly 81 not out, March Panchu 32)
NAPS ALUMNI 117 in 20 overs (Shatrughan Rambaran 35, Saif Mohammed 31; Christopher Morgan 5-11, Omkar Seetahal 2-15)
RAMPS LOGISTICS 121-2 in 18.3 overs (Dary Balgobin 37 not out, Shazard Mohammed 32)
SFBT 155-6 in 20 overs (Verendra Maharaj 44, Kevin Rampersad 30, Devindra Maharaj 31; Narendra Latchman 2-24)
LAWYERS 149-6 in 20 overs (Tej Persaud 61, Stefan Ramkissoon 31; Jason Williams 3-25)
REAL CC 88 in 19.4 overs (Vishal Maharaj 28; Rajiv Parasram 4-16)
DOCTORS 89-4 in 14.5 overs (Amrit Ramrattan 47 not out; Kishore Williams 2-23)