Saturday, December 16, 2017

EPL T20 back with a bang

After a one-year absence, the Endeavour Premier League (EPL) Twenty20 recently returned with a bang with United All Stars crushing KDM All Stars by 120-runs in the opening match at the upgraded Avidesh Samaroo Park in Endeavourn Chaguanas last week.

The sixth edition of the tournament, which features 32 teams, got going with United making 154 for six off their 20 overs thanks to Varoon Samaroo’s top-score of 80. Josh Paul grabbed three wickets for eight runs for KDM.

In reply, KDM were dismissed for 34 in ten overs with Samaroo grabbing four for 11 runs and Stephen Shadick snatched four for eight. Mukesh Persad also got in on the act, picking up two wickets for four runs in one over.

The 32 teams will be vying for a first prize of $30,000 which is being sponsored by Coca Cola. The second place team will get $20,000 while the third and fourth place will walk away with $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. The teams were divided into four groups of eight teams and the top four teams after the round robin phase will move into the round of 16 knock out phase.

Last week, Spoilers, Rebels, Debe Youth Foundation and CSW Chargers all got off to winning starts. Spoilers, led by Shazan Babwah’s three for 12, dismissed Rebels Reloaded for 34 before racing to 39 for two off just four overs to clinch an eight-wicket win.

Meanwhile, Amir Ali Nabbie slammed 75 not out and Miguel Heeraman hit an unbeaten 54 to help Rebels to a 175 for one against Tears United who were dismissed for 114 in reply.

Yannic Cariah made the highest score of the competition so far hitting 89 to set up Debe’s 19-run win over Defence Force. Debe made 166 for seven before restricting Defence for to 147 for seven off their 20 overs. Kerwyn Gonzales hit 74 in a losing cause for Defence Force.

The Chargers made 168 for four against Black Caps with Jonathan Augustus hitting 36 and Junior Sadhoo making 37. Black Caps replied with 151 all out in 19.2 overs.

On Friday night, Potential Sports defeated Central Kings by 19 runs before We Run Tings beat Back Street Boys by eight wickets in the late game.