The Vikings, spearheaded by Gray’s sensational 7-14 including a hat-trick, won the final in comprehensive style by thrashing the Bulls.
Desai said Bradley Barnes also played brilliantly in the Cape Premier League.
The most beneficial aspect of the tournament with its very high standard was that the senior players shared their knowledge with the younger club players.
Tayo Walbrugh was one of the young players that had done very well.
“I must mention Mr Nabeal Dien, whose support was exceptional throughout the tournament.
“The Champions League will be contested soon. Two teams of the Cape Premier League, two of the Johannesburg Premier League, two of the Durban Premier League and one of the Pretoria Premier League will clash in this tournament. The date will be decided in a month’s time,” said Desai.
Paul Adams, coach of the Punit Balan Vikings, said: “it has been great environment a good mix of youth and experience. Everyone understood their roles.
“Tayo Walbrugh and Barnes have been good up front. We have found a great formula that have worked for us. Our top-order has been very good. Zubayr Hamza has been Mr Consistent. Hamza, Barnes and Walbrugh have set the platform for players such as Alistair Gray and Marco Wyngard to excel.
“The spinners have been great. Dane (Piedt), Ali Gray and Liam Goodall have excelled. We have had ten players who have played senior provincial cricket and that has been a bonus. We clicked as a group off the field as well,” said Adams.
Adams said the tournament gave the management of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and the coaches of the Western Province team and the Western Province U19 team the opportunity to spot talent.
The cross pollination of experienced franchise players and club players was very beneficial to the club players as the senior stars shared their knowledge and expertise with the club stalwarts.
Lenert van Wyk of the Knysna Falcons was batsman of the series.
Walbrugh was named young player of the series and Gray was bowler of the series and named player of the Cape Premier League tournament.