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Borden inspires St David’s to victory in T20 final

Willow Cuts 121 for nine

St David's 123 for five

Delyone Borden produced a fine all-round display to guide St David's to Lindos Twenty20 glory at Sea Breeze Oval yesterday.

The left-arm spinner claimed three wickets and stroked a polished half-century as the Islanders recorded a convincing five wicket win against Willow Cuts in a final that went down to the wire.

Borden returned impressive figures of three for 22 and was the catalyst behind a middle order collapse that put Cuts on the back foot. Among the bowler's casualties was Cuts' danger man Malachi Jones (23).

Seamer Justin Pitcher (three for 19) also claimed three wickets to make life difficult for Cuts who suffered two batting collapses.

Cuts were 42 without loss at one stage before losing three wickets in the space of eight runs. They then slipped from 64 for four to 87 for seven after third change Borden made his presence felt.

The evergreen Dexter Basden (25) and wicketkeeper Ricardo Brangman (21) both made promising starts but failed to turn them into big knocks. Sheroy Fubler (15) and Kamal Bashir (12) made useful contributions further down the order.

Seamers George O'Brien Jr (1-23) and Rudell Pitcher (1-21) claimed a wicket each.

Despite losing five wickets in reply St David's were always in control before reaching their target with four balls to spare.

The Islanders required nine runs off the final over for victory which was secured after Justin Pitcher (10 not out) thumped successive boundaries off seamer Deunte Darrell (1-28) to end the match with a bang.

The swashbuckling batsman smashed Darrell's first delivery over the midwicket fence for six before nudging the bowler's next delivery off his pads down to the fine leg boundary where the ball was misfielded before crossing the ropes.

Earlier, Borden thumped a game high 63 that included five fours and a six to carry his team to the brink of victory.

The former national team player produced some attractive stroke play at the crease and kept the pressure on the fielders with some excellent running between the stumps to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Borden brought up his half-century in style in the 15th over of the innings after carting seamer Jones (1-19) to the mid off boundary for four.

He was eventually dismissed when he was caught by Dexter Basden in the covers after failing to pick a slower Jones' delivery with is team requiring another 11 runs for victory.

Wicketkeeper Fiqre Crockwell (12) and George O'Brien Jr (11) were the only other St David's batsman in double figures.

The in-form Crockwell got off the mark with a towering six off Sheroy Fubler (1-26) and seemed destined for a big knock before he hit the stumps with his bat backing up to a delivery from veteran off spinner Kevin Fubler (1-19).

The result enabled St David's to add the Lindos Twenty 20 trophy to the Logic 50 Over and Eastern Counties titles they also won this season.

St David's president Otis Minors barred his coach and players from speaking to The Royal Gazette after the match.

Photo by Akil Simmons Willow Cuts' Sheroy Fubler on his way to scoring 15 against St David's at Sea Breeze Oval in the final of the Lindo's Twenty20 yesterday. St David's won by five wickets.

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Published September 23, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 23, 2013 at 12:13 am)

Borden inspires St David’s to victory in T20 final

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