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Merry Boys finish 3rd in limp playoff

By Kern De Freitas

Merry Boys eased to victory by 11 runs over Jenexcon Tableland to secure third place in the NGC T20 Cricket Festival yesterday evening at Queen’s Park Oval on the Duckworth/Lewis (D/L) method, but the contest was anything but riveting.
In fact, it hardly befitted a contest between losing semi-finalists, as they played out an uninspired meeting that was perhaps fittingly ended by an overcast sky with the 2014 Premier Division National League champions in full control.
Neither Tableland’s innings nor Merry Boys’ chase provided any excitement for a smattering of a crowd at the Oval, or the radio commentary team, which was critical of the efforts of players on the field.
Tableland limped to 78 all out in 17.4 overs, losing their last nine wickets for 40 runs, and never looked winning the match as a number of their players seemed like they were swatting at flies rather than batting. Aneil Kanhai took full advantage of the opportunities offered, snaring four cheap wickets for 13 runs.
Merry Boys were cavalier in their reply but would have had to be barely conscious to lose the match. Last night’s late match was a replay of the 2013 final, with 2012 winners Queen’s Park Cricket Club taking on defending champions PowerGen.
A night earlier at the same venue, PowerGen overcame the challenge of the previously unbeaten Merry Boys to reach the final with a six-wicket win.
Merry Boys made 131 for seven in their 20 overs, with only Javon Searles’ cameo (35 off 12 balls, five sixes) giving Merry Boys a defendable target.
PowerGen replied with 137 for six, being given a scare despite starts from their top four batsmen, but it was enough to complete the job with and over and three balls to spare.
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