GLT20 Final - Vancouver Knights lift the trophy but all are winners
The caravan of the Global T20 Canada League ends for this year but promises to be back with bigger and better things in the years to come.
Vancouver Knights 148-3 (Saad Bin Zafar 79*, Rassie van der Dussen 44*; Derval Green 2-20) win by 7 wickets.
CWI B Team 145 (Fabian Allen 41; Sheldon Cottrell 4-29, Fawad Ahmed 3-24)
A tournament about whose success many had apprehensions; some wrote it off as soon as it began; some brushed it aside as some sort of a joke and see what it has turned out to be.
Batting first, the CWI B team got off to a subdued start after it lost three wickets for 30 runs. Openers Justin Greaves and Shamar Springer were dismissed cheaply and there were no notable contributions in the middle order.
If not for the explosive knock from Fabian Allen (41, 23b) in the lower middle order, the CWI B team could have slumped to a very low score. However Allen's effort helped them to reach a respectable 145-run score, getting bowled out with 14 deliveries remaining.
Sheldon Cottrell stepped up his game in the big match, taking four wickets at an economy of under eight. Saad Bin Zafar also chipped in with two wickets. It was in the second innings that he would come out with the bat to take the Knights over the line.
The Knights got to a horrific start after losing 3 wickets for just 22. Their three star batsmen in Chadwick Walton, Chris Gayle and Ben Dunk failed to get going on the big night. It was then up to the bowling all-rounder Saad Bin Zafar (79*) and South African Rassie van der Dussen (44*) to stitch an unbeaten 126-run partnership to take the Knights home.
As it turned out, it was quite a one-sided affair with the Knights chasing the target with 15 balls remaining. Derval Green bowled well for the Windies B team, picking up two wickets. However, he did not get enough support from his fellow bowlers as Knights clinched the match by 7 wickets.
All in all, it was an amazing tournament that came to an end with Chris Gayle lifting the trophy for the Vancouver Nights. However, all should be considered the winners as it was a lovely tournament, giving a chance to so many young players to showcase their talent.
Two beleaguered modern greats like Steve Smith and David Warner got back to cricketing action. It was also an injection for Windies cricket which has nosedived in the recent times.
The way the CWI B team fought was commendable. When the tournament began, no one was giving them a chance to win a single match and they ended up in the Finals. This goes to show the strength of a tournament when no team can be written off. The caravan of the Global T20 Canada League ends for this year but promises to be back with bigger and better things in the years to come.
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