SER Tournament - Day 3: Georgia Supreme Cricket League Reigns Supreme! Beats South Florida in thriller.
By Conroy Reid
The final day of the South East Regional Tournament produced the most
thrilling match, and, at the end, the Georgia Supreme Cricket League (www.gascl.org) was crowned champion.
Scores: Georgia Supreme Cricket League 241 for 8 off 50 overs - Garrick
56, R. Hoilett 39, T Surujbally 3 for 27; SFCA 207 all out - Mayar 60,
Pierce 37, Wong 3 for 50, Hooper 3 for 52.
On the warmest day of the week-end spectators flocked to the park to
witness Georgia Supreme take on South Florida in a championship game
packed with hype as newcomer Georgia and its star studded lineup faced
the big guns from the South. Much anxiety and concern surrounded the
start of the game when the teams request for the game be moved from the
smallest of the three playing fields, to one more accommodating of a
championship game, was rejected by the organizers. But such are the
fallacies of some US cricket management committees, and the game was
played. Georgia Supreme won the toss and elected to bat.
D. Hoilett, in his first stint at opening the inning, hung his bat at
one that came back into him and soon it was 20 for 1. Florida then
missed a golden opportunity when Garrick, batting at number three,
flashed at one outside the off stump and was dropped at gully, before
he had scored.
Lindo and Garrick then batted aggressively but carefully and
saw the score reached 101 for one at the first break - 15 overs. The
introduction of Surujbally and Nayaik into the attack after the drinks
triggered a major turn of events in South Florida's favor. Surujbally
removed Garrett, Lindo, and Murray in quick succession forcing Georgia
into survival mode.
Only 32 runs were scored off the next 15 overs! After the
second intermission, Hoilett opened up, and two towering sixes over
extra cover brought cheers from the highly partisan Georgia crowd and
the stranglehold was lifted, but not for long. Edmonson and Hoilett
soon fell, followed by Harris. The depth of the Georgia batting order
then became evident, as Hooper and Hutson batted through ten overs in
an eight wicket partnership of 65 before Hutson was out last ball of
the inning, and Georgia closed at 241 for 8. Surujbally had the fine
figures of 10 - 1 - 27 - 3.
Smiles crossed the faces of the South Florida's batsmen when
they started their reply. Having fully surveyed the field and facing
the seemingly small target, they were off to the races at a blistering
7 runs per over, scoring 70 for 1 off 10. Joey Pierce (37) and young
Steven Taylor (25) took aim at the short boundaries off Wong and
Hooper, but their cavalier knocks ended quickly.
USA SER Champions: Standing L-R: Junior Williams-Manager, Naseer Lodhi,
Leon Garrick, Kevin Edmonson, Mark Mumby, Andre Hooper, Lyndon Johnson,
Desmond Lewis - Coach
Seated L-R: David Hoilett, Adsyl Hutson,
Junior Murray, Patrick Harris - Captain, Germaine Lindo, Alford Givance
- Vice Captain
However, the SFCA captain and vice-captain (Nayaik and Nayar) teamed in
a couple of vibrant partnerships that took them in sight of victory
(200 for 6) and quieted the now large throng of Georgia Supreme
supporters. They were willing to let Slocombe have his spell by playing
him cautiously and seeing him off. Thirty seven were needed off 13
overs. A lengthy stoppage took place to rectify the interpretation of
some power plays rules, and this seemed to unnerved the South
An uncharacteristic - rather atrocious - swipe across the line
of a short pitched delivery from Hutson led to Nayar's downfall -
caught behind for a well played 60 - and all hopes for of a Florida
victory went with it. Hooper returned to claim two more wickets in his
final over, and Garrett, with his first and only delivery off the
tournament, induced an edge to first slip where Slocombe took the catch
high above his head. Swarm, high fives, and celebration! Georgia
Supreme won by 34 runs. Hooper was voted game MVP for his fine
It was a satisfying victory for the Georgia Supreme, having just two
months ago won an appeal to USACA Board of Directors for membership -
after being denied twice by the SER administration. The cricketing
prowess this league displayed can only add to the growth of the game in
the region and the US as a whole.