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Hillview takes the double

 
Hillview College completed the double in the PowerGen Secondary Schools cricket league when they defeated Naparima College in the finals of the Intercol at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) on Friday night.
 
All rounder Sachin Seecharan stole the show in front of a good sized crowd at Balmain and when the final run was scored there was massive celebration, as Hillview had just added the Intercol title to the league crown they had won earlier in the season.
Seecharan grabbed 2/22 earlier in the game, as Naparima batting first on a green top made 96 all out from 20 overs. The Hillview opening bowlers TeShawn Alleyne and Jean Pierre Barrie were brilliant and Naps reeling early on with the loss of mainstay and skipper Cephas Cooper for just two and the Southerns slipped to 21 for three within the ‘powerplay’. They never recovered from this position and was eventually dismissed on the final ball for 96. Top-scoring was Avinash Mahabirsingh with 31, as spinner Kareem Muradali finished with 4/21.
 
Hillview then got off to a flyer when they began their chase posting 26 runs by the third over. Wicketkeeper Leonardo Julien scored a quick 16 before being dismissed and fellow opener Jonathan Hosein followed at 42. Any Hopes Naparima had of coming back into the contest were killed off by Seecharan. The little left hander favoring the onside was able to reel off a number of boundaries and when the victory target was achieved at 99/2 – there were still seven overs and two balls remaining. Seecharan counted an unbeaten 45, while captain Dexter Sween got 16 not out.
 
POWERGEN INTERCOL FINAL SCORES
At NCC: Naparima College 96 all out (20ovs) (Avinash Mahabirsingh 31, Sachin Seecharan 2/22, Kareem Muradali 4/21, TeShawn Alleyne 1/16, J Barrie 2/12) vs Hillview College 99/2 (12.2) (Sachin Seecharan 45no, Dexter Sween 16no, Leonardo Julien 16) – Hillview won by 8 wkts.
 
…. St. Stephen’s takes Girls crown
 
St. Stephen’s College bowled well to defend 111 runs against Swaha Hindu and captured the Girls title prior to the Boys final at the NCC.
The Princes Town school batted first and made 111/6 of their 20 overs with Angelina Sookraj topscoring with 23. Also among the runs were Janelle Noel the captain with 14 and Kasean Edwards 10. There were two wickets apiece for Melissa Salickram and Nishal Ragoo.  
Swaha Hindu lost wickets at regular intervals but towards the end they looked as if they had the game in hand at 96 for seven but St. Stephen’s came back strongly towards the end to restrict them to 101 all out of 13.2 overs. Anushala Boodram tried her best to take her team to the target but she fell for 25, the end was near. Leah Mohammed led the bowling for St. Stephen’s with 4/19, while Janelle Noel took 2/6 and Kayla Dookeran 2/25.
 
POWERGEN INTERCOL GIRLS FINAL
 
St. Stephen’s College 111/6 (20) (Angelina Sookraj 23, Janelle Noel 14, Kasean Edwards 10) vs Swaha Hindu College 101 all out (13.3) (Anushala Boodram 25, Nishal Ragoo 12, Kamesha Vincent 10, Leah Mohammed 4/19, Janelle Noel 2/6, Kayla Dookeran 2/25). St. Stephen’s College won by 10 runs.
 
CAPTION: The triumphant Hillview College.

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