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Mariners Reclaim Isuzu T20 Smash Cup

Updated: Apr 27

The Mariners successfully defended their title as the reigning champions of the Isuzu Twenty20 (T20) Smash, securing a victory over the Niugini Assurance Cassowaries by 35 runs in the grand final held at Amini Park on Saturday, April 13, 2024.


The champions took the batting crease first, with opening batsmen Malcolm Aporo and Gaudi Toka facing off against Cassowaries' opening bowler Igo Morea.


Despite Morea's fast-bowling skills, he was unable to take a wicket, allowing the Mariners pair to score 13 runs in the first over.


The Mariners remained resilient and reached a score of 43/2 after the 6th over. By the 10th over, the Mariners were leading with a score of 60/2.


The Mariners continued to build on their momentum, displaying exceptional batting skills and steadily increasing their total runs.


By the end of the 13th over, the Mariners scored 78/3. They maintained their stellar performance throughout the remaining overs, ultimately concluding the match with a total score of 129/8.


The second inning saw the Mariners more focused on their game plan, displaying excellent bowling performances and dismissing the Cassowaries, leaving them with a final score of 94/10 in the 19.2 over.


Mariners captain Assad Vala, attributed their win to the team's commitment and dedication to implementing their strategic game plans. He praised the boys for executing their plans effectively, expressing happiness for everyone.


Awarded as the player of the tournament for his exceptional performance throughout the season, the captain said, “I am pleased that I have contributed to the team's success.


He further commended the younger members of the team for their willingness to listen and learn from the senior players.


“Before the tournament commenced, we emphasised the importance of understanding how to adapt to different wickets and conditions,” he said.


Through the guidance of senior players and knowledge imparted in the team, Vala believed that the juniors have gained valuable insights to carry forward as they prepare for upcoming under 19 tours.

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