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Perkins earns 3rd for Moosai

By Roger Seepersad

Williams Perkins blasted his second half century in as many innings to help Moosai Sports clinch third place in the Premier Division Twenty20 competition with a six-wicket win over Merry Boys in the third place playoff on the final day of the National League T20 Festival at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre yesterday.

After Merry Boys were dismissed for 147, the hard-hitting opening batsman went to work, hitting five sixes and three fours in a 48-ball 69 as Moosai made light work of the chase, reaching 148 for four off 19.4 overs to take home the $50,000 third place prize.

Merry Boys got $30,000 for finishing fourth.

Perkins, who won the Man-of-the-Match award, took charge of the chase early on, hitting Marlon Richards over cover for his first six before pulling Rayad Emrit for another six over midwicket.

He and Kjorn Ottley put on 79 runs for the first wicket with the latter hitting a run-a-ball 27 with two fours and a six to aid in the win.

Alcindo Holder got both openers out, leaving Jeetendra Sookdeo to complete the victory with an unbeaten 39 off 25 balls which included three sixes and one four.

Mervyn Dillon also played a pivotal role in the victory, grabbing four for 29 to help dismiss Merry Boys.

Mario Belcon (17) started the Merry Boys innings with two sixes over point off two short, wide balls from pacer Dillon but Moosai pulled the game back with Ken Hazel removing Belcon with the score on 38 before two quick wickets from Dillon and two run outs put the East team in control as Merry Boys slipped to 53 for five.

A 70-run stand between Emrit and Brian Christmas gave Merry Boys a fighting chance, with Emrit smacking two sixes and three fours in a 34-ball 44 and Christmas hitting 28 off 31 balls.

However, Moosai’s batting proved too strong in the end.

In last night’s late match at the same venue, defending champions Queen’s Park Cricket Club were in action against PowerGen Penal for the Premier Division T20 crown.
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