The Southern Cricket League (SCL) reached its conclusion on Sunday 18 July, with the Costa Vikings claiming the title. They went into their final match on Sunday, against Granada CC, with the trophy already at their fingertips by virtue of winning all their previous fixtures.
The day did not start easily for them. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Costa Vikings lost three wickets with barely 30 runs on the board, putting them under pressure. However, Maanav Nayak and Marc Gouws proved their mettle by putting on a partnership of 108 for the fourth wicket, leading the Costa Vikings to post 204/8 after their 20 overs.
The Costa Vikings followed up this prowess with the bat with superb bowling, restricting Granada CC to 128/6 in their 20 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Richard Hatchman (3/22), but Maanav Nayak also bowled excellently (2/18) and was awarded Man of the Match.
In the afternoon match, Granada CC won the toss and elected to bat, with captain Adrian Riley mixing up the batting order to give others a go. After ending the powerplay on 26/1, Granada CC encountered trouble in the seventh over when Philip Townsend and Brett Ross, the man in form, were both dismissed by Louis Bruce within the space of two balls. Granada CC was not able to recover from this and ended their innings on 88/6 - a score which the Costa Vikings chased down for the loss of just one wicket, securing the SCL title.
The final league table saw the Costa Vikings unbeaten at the top (12 points), with Malaga CC in second (8 points), the Costa del Sol Crusaders in third (2 points), and Granada CC in fourth (2 points) due to their lower net run rate. Now, these teams will be looking forward to watching the inaugural European Cricket Championship, which will commence on September 13 at the Cártama Oval.