Dempo Cricket Club inscribed their name for the first time on the glittering Goa Premier League trophy with a comprehensive six-wicket win over Sarvodaya Royals in the finals of the 4th edition of GCA’s Twenty20 cricket tournament played at Academy grounds in Porvorim on Sunday.
Dempo CC, who failed to pass the final hurdle in the last edition and came runners-up, took the field this time with the zeal to make history, and the bowlers backed their resolve as they bowled out Sarvodaya Royals for a modest 125.
KS Shahabuddin (2/17), Sahil Dhuri (2/28), Sherbahadur Yadav (2/16) and Rajesh Powar (2/15) claimed two wickets each to bundle out the opponents in 19.5 overs.
For Sarvodaya, Saurabh Dubey played an excellent knock of 59 runs with some contributions coming from Illyas Naroo (13) and Shadab Jakati (19).
But barring these three no other batsman could hold his own in the all-important final.
In reply, Dempo CC started with a flurry and overhauled the target in just 15.5 overs. Dempo’s highest bid of this season Sagun Kamat continued with his good form to score a fluent 41, which eventually fetched him the man-of-the-match award. Vishal Singh also played to his reputation with a strokeful 29.
Though in the mean time Dempo lost four quick wickets but Yogesh Takawale (35 not out) and Sherbahadur Yadav (11 not out) ensured the team reached home with 6 wickets and 4.1 overs to spare.
Shadab Jakati (1/31), Amit Dani (1/12), Yogesh Chodankar (1/13) and Darshan Misal (1/32) did their bit but the modest total posted by their batsmen was not enough for them to defend.
For the first time three outstation teams — Colombo Warriors (Sri Lanka), RN Sports (Mumbai) and IPCA (Chandigarh) were included to vie alongside five local teams in this year’s GPL Twenty20 tournament.
Brief score: Sarvodaya Royals 125 all out in 19.5 overs (Illyas Naroo 13, Saurabh Dubey 59, Shadab Jakati 19; KS Shahabuddin 2-17, Sahil Dhuri 2-28, Sherbahadur Yadav 2-16, Rajesh Powar 2-15) lost to Dempo Cricket Club 128 for 4 in 15.5 overs (Sagun Kamat 41, Vishal Singh 29, Yogesh takawale 35*, Sherbahadur Yadav 11*; Shadab Jakati 1-31, Amit Dani 1-12, Yogesh Chodankar 1-13, Darshan Misal 1-32). [NT]