WATCH: Indies complete double in unbeaten EL season

A HISTORIC summer for Independents ended in triumphant style as they completed an Evening League double.

CRICKET Odey WEalth EL1 100 final at the KGV. Indies beat Wanderers-Rovers. Nathan Le Tissier.Picture by Gareth Le Prevost, 25-08-22. (31194069)
CRICKET Odey WEalth EL1 100 final at the KGV. Indies beat Wanderers-Rovers. Nathan Le Tissier.Picture by Gareth Le Prevost, 25-08-22. (31194069)

In winning the Odey Wealth EL1 100 final, they also finished the season unbeaten to add the knockout trophy to the Rozel Shield that Indies won for the first time in their history last month.

The in-form Tom Nightingale once again starred with the bat last Thursday against Wanderers-Rovers, although for a man who had scored 85 not out to help his side post another mammoth score, he had the demeanour of someone who felt he could have, or perhaps should have, reached three figures himself.

The statistics arguably back that up because of the 49 balls he faced, nine were dots, but as far as his team were concerned, he had done another stellar job.

However, for much of his opening partnership of 61 with Zak Damarell, Nightingale played the supporting role to his Guernsey teammate, who got the final under way with a six off the first ball on his way to a quickfire 32, which also included four fours.

Once the left-hander departed, well caught by Tim Duke at backward point off the spin bowling of Jonny Bailey, Indies captain Nathan Le Tissier joined Nightingale in the middle and took the game away from the fielding side.

The skipper maintained the momentum and even looked like catching up with his partner at one stage, before Nightingale pulled clear, saving his two big sixes over long-on until late in the innings.

Le Tissier reached his half-century with his fifth and final boundary before Nightingale pre-empted the North Show pyrotechnics with a short firework display of his own at the climax to take Indies up to a formidable 189 for 1.

Both Wanderers-Rovers openers, GH Smit and Lucas Barker, hit their first balls for four at the start of the run chase, just to keep Indies honest, but there was only going to be one winner.

The first wicket of the reply fell when Smit had his stumps rearranged by Will Peatfield and Barker departed once Le Tissier and bowler Kieran Le Gallez figured out who was going to catch the skyer that threatened to drop right in-between as they looked at each other before the skipper took control of the situation.

Duke and Stuart Bisson put on 33 for the third wicket, with the latter going on to top score for his side with 27 that included a couple of sixes, but once the former holed out to Peatfield at deep mid-wickets, the wickets quickly tumbled.

Will Martin claimed that of Pierre Moody and Le Tissier took a return catch to remove Anthony Armstrong before the Indies captain combined with Peatfield for the second time to dismiss Bisson, this time the outfielder taking a blinder diving to his right on the boundary.

In constrast, Ant Stokes could not have been more nonchalant at long on as he caught Bailey to give Le Tissier a fourth scalp before Stokes himself picked up a couple in the twilight as Wanderers-Rovers finished on 101 for 9.

‘We just wanted to finish the season unbeaten,’ said Nightingale.

‘It does mean a lot to the boys because we want to go out and win every game we play.’

He added that the key to Indies’ success this season has been ‘everyone hitting their straps’.

‘Whether it be bat or ball, I feel like everyone’s applied themselves in big moments and, to be honest, we’ve probably had only one really close game this year against Cobo, because everyone has applied themselves and done really well.

‘Talent doesn’t mean anything unless you actually score the runs and take the wickets, but we’ve done that a lot better this year than we did last year where we fell just short to Griffins in the league. Everyone really did well this year.’

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