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Merchants trash Voyagers in final

A star-studded field of cricketers were on show last night at the 3Ws Oval in the final of the University of the West Indies and C.O Williams-sponsored Inter Parish T20 competition contested by St. Peter Voyagers and the St. Michael Merchants.

Among them were Barbadian-born, England international Christopher Jordan and West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards along with Fidel Edwards and Corey Collymore, former West Indies fast bowlers, who represented the Voyagers.

St Michael Merchants are the UWI and C.O. Williams Construction Inter Parish T20 champs.

St Michael Merchants are the UWI and C.O. Williams Construction Inter Parish T20 champs.

The St. Michael lads won the toss and posted 155 for 6, thanks to a blistering batting display of 71 runs off 37 balls from Man of the Match Jabari Yarde. In response to the target Voyagers crumbled to 118 for 8 from their allotted 20 overs to give Merchants victory by 36 runs. For Merchants Rashidi Butcher made 33 and Johnathan Drakes 24 to help them set a decent total. Shane Ramsay was the only bowler for Voyagers who appeared penetrative taking four wickets for 29 runs from his spell of four overs.

With a field of such experienced cricketers one would have thought that the Voyagers would have come out on the winning side but Kevin Stoute’s men showed they were just as good when they delivered an excellent all-round performance.

Merchants really bowled well especially spinner Ravendra Persaud who picked up four wickets for just 15 runs from three overs. Voyagers were restricted from scoring boundaries which put added pressure on them to score and keep down the run-rate which at one stage climbed to over ten runs. Despite a top score of 53 runs off 39 deliveries from Kirk Edwards who batted at number three and 27 from opener Jordan, Voyagers just fell apart when both men were dismissed.

After the game Stoute told Barbados TODAY it felt really great to win after reaching the final on two previous occasions.

“It feels good to actually win the tournament because like two years we were in the final and we lost in the semi-final and it was a close game last year in the final against Christ Church. Coming this year to pull it off, I think it was a good effort by my team. I got to compliment Jabari Yarde for a wonderful innings, one of the better T20 innings I have seen in a while and he laid the foundation,” Stoute said, noting he had told his team-mates to simply bat the full twenty overs and whatever runs they scored, they could defend.

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