In a nail-biting finals to mark the culmination of the Choiseul's domestic cricket competition, coined DUNSTAN CHARLERY TROPHY,Balca Youth and Cultural Orgaisation defeated the Mongouge Team by 63 runs in a 50-over -a -side cricket match.
The match was well attended by supporters from both side as well as other officials from recognised institutions.
Batting first Balca's Youth scored 179 all out in 38.3 overs. Batting for Balca Shadrach Nestor 41, Annis Aimable 30, Johann and Nerve Williams each got 24 apiece. Bowling for Mongouge the most successful bowlers were Rohan Charlery and Denver Joseph taking 4 for 39 and 3 for 24 respectively. Having to score an average of about 4 runs per over Mongouge rn into trouble and at one stage were 24 for 4. However disciplined batting by young Callixtus Felix ably supported by the other batsmen who never reched double figures gave a glimmer of hope to the Mongouge supporters. But with Felix gone trying to take on Nestor who was brought back at the road end he went lbw for 56.
Mougouge succumbed to 116 all out in 31.5 overs. With the last wicket falling, the field was invaded by Balca's supporters and the atmosphere was electrifying. There were screams and wailing of joy and even tears of the taste of victory ran down the cheeks of a number of players. .
BALCA DID IT!
At the presentation ceremony Balca was presented with the trophy by the Mr. Charlery. Many othe prises were presented to the officials who helped run the competition.
It must be noted that this competetion was not managed by the Choiseul Youth and Sports Council, but rather by a group of concerned past players who were worried about where cricket was going in the district. They call themselves The Choiseul Cricket Committee.