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  • #76
    ATG Championship Final
    West Indies XI: G Greenidge, G Headley, V Richards, B Lara, C Lloyd, G Sobers*, C Walcott+, M Marshall, A Roberts, J Garner, C Ambrose
    New Zealand XI: J Wright, G Turner, A Jones, M Crowe*, C Harris, R Hadlee, B Congdon, I Smith+, L Cairns, E Chatfield, J Saunders

    New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl.

    West Indies
    In the two games that the West Indies and New Zealand played against each other in the group stage, each of them won one match apiece setting this final up to be one of the best games of the tournament. Hadlee found the edge of Greenidge with the first ball of the tournament but it was just wide of first slip and ran away for 4. The missed chance didn't cause any lasting damage since Chatfield managed to pick up both openers in his first over bowled. The bulk of the West Indies' batting attack, Richards and Lara, also fell cheaply and New Zealand were off to a perfect start after five overs. The West Indies had been terrorising batsmen all tournament and now were at the receiving end of a devastating pace attack. The collapse continued until Walcott and Marshall put on a small resistance, which almost pushed the West Indies over to 100 runs. Chatfield returned to the attack toppled the remaining tail and picked up a 5fa in the process.

    West Indies 94

    New Zealand
    After a shock first innings batting failure, the West Indies would need their best bowling performance of the tournament to pull off a win. Two quick wickets from Garner and tight lines from Roberts kept the West Indies in the mix for a few overs. Once Sobers chipped in with the third wicket of the chase, it was clear the Kiwis would have to fight for their win. Runs were not easy to come and if DLS par was anything to go by, the West Indies were even in front after eight overs. A cool-headed Crowe kept his wicket safe and scored a few vital boundaries to make sure that New Zealand were quickly back in front. They needed 44 runs off the final ten overs. The only problem was being five wickets down and once Crowe was dismissed by Marshall, New Zealand had little left in reserve. Smith hit a few boundaries to bring the chase down to five runs needed in the last over. However, the West Indies were also just one wicket away from victory. Roberts bowled to Smith who went for a quick single but a panicked mixup produced a run out, giving the West Indies a memorable four-run victory.

    West Indies 94
    C Walcott 25, M Marshall 18
    E Chatfield 5-14, C Harris 2-15

    New Zealand 90
    C Ambrose 3-14, J Garner 3-27
    M Crowe 23, I Smith 18

    West Indies won by 4 runs
    E Chatfield was awarded Man of the Match.

    West Indies are ATG T20 Champions!


    • #77
      Player of the Tournament, Team of the Tournament and Stats, Stats and More Stats
      The tournament was dominated by the bowlers, especially the quicks so it was only fitting that the team with the fiercest pace attack took out the title. Their bowling attack was at its peak when the Caribbean quicks when they defended a meagre total of 94 runs in the final. In the end, there was no doubt they had earned the right to be called ATG Champions.

      Wickets were well-shared around this tournament with a few bowlers taking 30+ wickets and 20 bowlers taking 20+ wickets. Runs on the other hand were much harder to amass. One batsman scored over 650 runs, almost 150 runs more than the second-best, five 50s when no one else scored more than three and was the only one to raise their bat for a century for the entire tournament. Mark Waugh was awarded Player of the Tournament.

      While Mark Waugh stood out as the best batsman of the tournament, he was not the only player to consistently pull off top-shelf performances. From explosive hitting to clutch bowling, the following players were named in the ATG T20 Championship XI:

      ATG T20 Championship XI

      M Waugh - 677 runs @67.70, 5x50s and 1x100, best 129.
      A Stewart (wk) - 333 runs @33.30, 3x50s, best 82
      D Lehmann - 531 runs @53.10, 3x50s, best 69
      F Woolley - 461 runs @38.42, 3x50s, best 80
      Z Abbas - 487 runs @34.79, 2x50s, best 73
      C Harris - 342 runs @31.09, 2x50s, best 93 // 14 wickets @25.43, best 3-0
      A Faulkner - 248 runs @20.67, 1x50, best 52 // 22 wickets @15.09, 2x4WI, best 4-17
      W Akram - 25 wickets @14.68, 2x4WI, best 5-23
      C Ambrose - 36 wickets @9.25, 3x4WI, best 5-7
      J Garner - 33 wickets @10.42, 3x4WI, best 4-24
      E Chatfield - 32 wickets @13.13, 2x4WI, best 5-14

      12th Man - K Dev

      Batting Stats

      Top 10 Run Scorers
      Player Runs Average
      M Waugh 677 67.70
      D Lehmann 531 53.10
      Z Abbas 487 34.79
      F Woolley 461 38.42
      V Richards 417 29.79
      D Bradman 382 47.75
      G Headley 378 23.63
      M Crowe 376 37.60
      S Anwar 356 27.38
      J Wright 354 29.50

      Next 10
      Player Runs Average
      C Harris 342 31.09
      A Stewart 333 33.30
      A Jadeja 330 25.38
      M Azharuddin 316 22.57
      J Miandan 304 25.33
      W Grace 303 25.25
      G Hick 296 21.14
      B Sutcliffe 291 26.45
      B Congdon 280 28.00
      B Lara 278 27.80

      Highest Scores (one entry per batsman)
      Player Highest Score
      M Waugh 129
      C Harris 93
      A Stewart 82
      F Woolley 80
      J Rhodes 80
      G Pollock 74
      Z Abbas 73
      G Headley 73
      W Grace 72
      L Klusener 72

      Most Boundaries
      Player 4s 6s Boundaries
      M Waugh 80 13 93
      D Lehmann 65 11 76
      F Woolley 59 10 69
      Z Abbas 56 12 68
      C Harris 44 12 56
      V Richards 43 12 55
      M Crowe 47 7 54
      J Wright 42 10 52
      S Anwar 46 6 52
      G Headley 41 10 51

      Miscellaneous (min 100 runs)

      Most balls faced: M Waugh (435 balls)
      Most innings: G Headley, M Crowe, K Wessels (16 innings)
      Most not outs: D Bradman (7 not outs)
      Highest average: M Waugh (67.70
      Highest runs per innings: M Waugh (45.13)
      Highest strike rate: Z Abbas (217.41 runs/100)
      Lowest strike rate: M Azharuddin (82.08)
      Most 100s: M Waugh (1x100s)
      Most 50s: M Waugh (5x50s)​

      Bowling Stats

      Top 10 Wicket Takers
      Player Wickets Average
      C Ambrose 36 9.25
      J Garner 33 10.42
      E Chatfield 32 13.13
      F Trueman 26 16.54
      W Akram 25 14.68
      R Hadlee 25 18.76
      L Cairns 25 19.36
      B Willis 23 16.63
      B Bedi 23 17.30
      P Pollock 23 18.48

      Next 10
      Player Wickets Average
      A Donald 23 19.26
      A Faulkner 22 15.06
      M Marshal 22 15.65
      V Mankad 22 17.95
      D Lillee 22 18.45
      T Greig 22 19.18
      W Younis 22 20.41
      S Warne 21 19.14
      K Dev 20 20.10
      A Roberts 20 21.45

      Best Figures (one entry per player)
      Player Best 4 WI
      C Ambrose 5-7 3
      E Chatfield 5-14 2
      P Pollock 5-19 1
      W Akram 5.23 2
      S Warne 5-24 2
      R Hadlee 5-28 2
      A Kumble 4-15 1
      M Marshall 4-15 1
      B Willis 4-16 1
      A Faulkner 4-17 2

      Miscellaneous (min 10 overs)

      Most overs bowled: L Cairns (64.33 overs)
      Most dots: C Ambrose (180 dots)
      Most runs conceded: L Cairns (484 runs)
      Best average: C Ambrose (9.25)
      Best strike rate: E Chatfield (9.34)
      Best economy: C Ambrose (5.33)
      Worst Economy: U Chadana (10.58 runs per over)

      Final Things
      Full stats of the entire tournament can be found over at the ATG T20 Championship Spreadsheet. Every stat for over 100 players and over 60 matches was recorded there.

      The next ATG tournament will be a tournament that includes World Cup Winning XIs. There will be 15 ODI teams that will qualify (including the two WSC International Cup winners and this year's champion). Another option is a domestic-based tournament, though I'm unsure how that would work at the moment. Suggestions welcome.

      And if you have been, thanks for reading.