Construction All-rounders proved too strong for Technology Torpedoes, winning the first CricHQ Red Dot Trophy final by 31 runs at the Yorker Ground yesterday.
There were fine performances from Singapore internationals, such as 65 runs off 40 balls from Chaminda Ruwan and two wickets for 22 runs by Suresh Appuswamy.
But what stood out over the two days of the T20 cricket tournament, involving four teams from the banking, construction, information technology and marine industries, was the brilliant effort by lesser-known players.
Batsmen and bowlers of Marine Waves, made up entirely of players from the marine industry, nearly took their team to the final with spirited displays. They eventually failed to make it on a narrow net run rate.
Similarly, Manpreet Singh, 20, an Indian student studying in Singapore, emerged top scorer (184 runs) and best bowler (11 wickets) in the tournament and was declared the most valuable player.
He had a 93 and a 53 and played a key role in Construction All-rounders winning the cup.
"It was not just the stars who shone. The tournament served to spot some talented players like Manpreet and (fast bowler) Shankar Subramaniam, 25, a construction worker," said Saad Khan Janjua, CEO and director of coaching at the Singapore Cricket Association. "They can be groomed to be included in the national squad."
The standards thrilled James McLellan, product manager of online cricket platform CricHQ, sponsoring a cricket tournament in Singapore for the first time.
"The concept of a tournament with teams from different industries is new in Singapore. But it was a hit," he said. "The crowd (nearly 1,000 for the final) was amazing. Cricket can only grow further in Singapore. And CricHQ will be glad to support it."