It seems as if Jonathan Foo has not yet lost his ability to play T20 cricket.
Foo burst upon the scene by playing a match-winning innings for Guyana in the 2010 regional T20 competition.
On Saturday, at the Albion Community Development Centre ground, he reminded the bowlers of the Universal President’s XI of his precocious talent by spearheading Universal DVD Berbice Titans to a 29-run victory and a successful title defence of the ninth annual Universal DVD Club and Universal Solutions anniversary T20 Festival.
He was supported by the exploits of spinners Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai and Eugene La Fleur who with two wickets each, helped restrict the Universal President’s XI to 99-9 chasing 129 for victory.
Batting first Universal DVD Berbice Titans scored 128-3 off their allotted 20 overs after winning the toss.
It was not an altogether Foo show in the batting department as Kandasammy Surujnarine struck three fours and one six in the top score of 40 while skipper Devendra Thakurdeen scored 36 and Foo, 35 from 33 balls with two sixes and one four.
Foo benefited from the largesse of the opposition fielders as he was put down on no less than three occasions.
Andrew Dutchin and Krisendatt Ramoo picked up a wicket each.
In reply Universal President’s XI got 35 from Keon de Jesus (two fours) and 11 from Sherwin Murray but the remaining batsmen looked threatening while at the crease but failed to deliver the goods.
In the third place playoff Universal Warriors defeated Universal Solutions Tigers by 26 runs. Batting first Universal Warriors made 116-4 with David Latchaya 33, Damion Vantull, 20 and Hakeem Hinds, 17, the principal scorers. Steven Latcha picked up 1-14 bowling for Universal Solutions Tigers, who in reply were dismissed for 95 in 19.5 overs with Skipper Anthony D’Andrade, 24 and Devon Clements, 19 the main contributors. Shawn Perreira was the pick of the bowlers with 4-19.
In a special exhibition game between two female teams Firebirds defeated Mean Girls by nine wickets.
Batting first Mean Girls made 66-7 from their allotted 20 overs with Shanna Vanderstoop 22 and Shabika Gajnabi, 15 the principal contributors while Steffi Rodney picked up 2-12. In reply, Firebirds raced to 69-1 with Latoya Smith making 27.
Titans received $200,000 and a trophy, President’s XI $100,000 and trophy, and Universal Warriors and Universal Solutions Tigers $50,000 each.
Foo was adjudged man of the match in the final and Perreira man of the match of the third place playoff.