Two-time champions Old Harbour are through to the quarter-finals of the SDC Community T20 Cricket after crushing Melrose by 106 runs at Port Esquivel yesterday.
Old Harbour’s victory was set up by T20 star Rovman Powell, who blazed an even century, as the hosts posted 219 for four from 20 overs.
In reply, Melrose were restricted for 113 for nine when their quota of deliveries ended, as the impressive Krischon Givans bagged four wickets for nine runs.
Heartease of St Thomas also join Old Harbour into the last eight from Group A after beating St Andrew parish winners Richmond by five wickets in the early game at the same venue.
The other teams through to the quarter-finals are defending champions Junction of St Elizabeth, Clarendon’s Racecourse; Greater Portmore and St Ann champions Summer Hill.
All four teams in Group each had a victory and a defeat to their name and are well aware that victory would certainly guarantee them a berth to the next round.
The odds of an Old Harbour victory improved dramatically when Powell was included in the starting XI. And the West Indies batsman wasted little after Old Harbour won the toss and opted to bat.
Powell, walked to the crease after Old Harbour lost their first wicket with 32 runs on the board and immediately took on the Melrose attack, belting nine sixes and six fours from during his 60-ball knock.
Erron Downer, who struck 51 off 24 balls, also batted brilliantly, while Devoy Smith’s 38 came off only 19 deliveries in a fantastic display of power-hitting.
In the field, the hosts were equally impressive against the Kingston representatives, also Romario Lynch (26) offered any real sort of resistance against the bowling of Givans and Downer, who took two for 22.
Earlier Richmond made 182 for nine from their 20 overs with Horace Miller (65) topscoring. Heartease responded successfully with 184 for five in 18.5 overs, thanks to Jowayne Robinson’s match-winning knock of 97.