Mikkel Govia had a solid all-round display, first with the ball and then bat to lead Cantaro Village Knights to a six-wicket win over Las Pastora Warriors in the Pearl & Bunty Lara ‘Super 15’ Cruz Cup final hosted by the Santa Cruz Sports Association at the Brian Lara Recreation Ground, Sam Boucaud, Upper Santa Cruz on Sunday night.
Sent into bat first, the Warriors were restricted to a modest 91 runs for seven wickets in their 15 overs at the crease with Imran Hosein hitting a top score of 17 runs.
Leg byes were the next main contributor to the Warriors’ meagre total with 12, while Jyd Goolie added ten, Isaiah Rajah eight, and out-of-favour West Indies batsman Darren Bravo five, after being dropped on his first ball at the wicket off the bowling of Eric Garcia, before he was one of two wickets to fall to the same bowler.
The pick of the bowlers for the disciplined Village Knights attack was Govia with three wickets for a measly 13 runs in three overs while Garcia grabbed two for 13, and Sion Hackett, the other wicket for six runs from three tidy overs.
The Village Knights then chased down their target reaching 93 for the loss of four wickets with opener Shakiel Johnson cracking 30 from 14 balls which were laced with two sixes and two fours while Kyle Ramdoo made a stroke-filled 22 and his brother, Govia an unbeaten 18 to guide their team to victory in 10.2 overs.
Bowling for the Warriors Rajah picked up two wickets for 17 runs while Bryan Charles had one for seven, and former T&T and West Indies all-rounder Rayad Emrit, one for 25.
On Saturday in the semifinals, Govia also starred for the Village Knights in their 25 runs win over Sam Boucaud Scorpions.
The Village Knights batted first and posted 153 for the loss of six wickets in 15 overs with captain Tion Webster hitting 35, Ewart Nicholson 28 not out, Ramdoo 20, Govia 12 not out, and Khary Pierre 11 while Sidel Diaz took figures of three for 26 from his allotted three overs, and Mikel Riley one for 16.
Sam Boucaud Scorpions were then limited in their run chase to 128-9 in 15 overs despite Ikwe Craig’s blasting his way to 33, Ryan Yearwood hitting 21 not out, and Ahkeel Mollon with ten as Govia had figures of four wickets for 11, and Chadeon Raymond, two for 30 to secure the win.
The first semifinal also played on Saturday ended in a bit of controversy with La Pastora Warriors being awarded the win after Pipiol Tigers walked off the field,
The Warriors had the first strike at the crease as tallied 164 for six wickets in their 15 overs while Pipiol Tigers reached 130 for the loss of five wickets in 14 overs before some confusion erupted over their target after which they opted to forfeit the match.
The four-team competition had as its platinum sponsor West Indies batting legend Brian Lara and Ansa Motors as the gold sponsor.
For their win, Cantaro Village Knights pocketed the first prize of $5,000, while La Pastora Warriors collected $2,500, and Sam Boucaud Scorpions the third prize of $1,500.
La Pastora Warriors 91-7 in 15 overs (Imran Hosein 17, Jyd Goolie ten, Isaiah Rajah 8, Darren Bravo 5, Mikkel Govia 3/13, Eric Garcia 2/13, Sion Hackett 1/6) vs Cantaro Village Knights 93-4 in 10.2 overs (Shakiel Johnson 30, Kyle Ramdoo 22, Mikell Govia 18 n.o, Isaiah Rajah 2/17, Bryan Charles 1/7, Rayad Emrit 1/25)
Man of the match: Mikkel Govia
La Pastora Warriors 164-6 in 15 overs bt Pipiol Tigers 130-5 in 14 overs - Match awarded to La Pastora Warriors after Pipiol Tigers walked off at the end of 14 overs.
Cantaro Village Knights 153-6 in 15 overs (Tion Webster 35, Ewart Nicholson 28 n.o, Kyle Ramdoo 20, Mikkel Govia 12 n.o, Khary Pierre 11, Sidel Diaz 3/26, Mikel Riley 1/16) vs Sam Boucaud Scorpions 128-9 in 15 overs (Ikwe Craig 33, Ryan Yearwood 21 n.o, Ahkeel Mollon 10, Mikkel Govia 4/11, Chadeon Raymond, 2/30, Tion Webster 1/9, George Malchan 1/19, Sion Hackett 1/38)
Man of the match: Mikkel Govia
Most Wickets: Chadeon Raymond - 15 wickets
Most Runs: Tion Webster - 225 runs
Most Valuable Player: Tion Webster
Champions: Cantaro Village Knights
Runner-up: La Pastora Warriors
Second Runner-up: Sam Boucaud Scorpions