Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Old Harbour will play in the SDC T20 final for the fourth time in its history after beating arch rival Greater Portmore by 30 runs at Ultimate Sports Club, St Ann today.

The 2011 and 2012 champions will meet defending champions St Elizabeth’s Junction/Bull Savannah, who overpowered Heartease of St Thomas by seven wickets in the other semi-final played at the same venue.

Old Harbour’s march to another final appearance was first laid by top order batsmen Ronville Brown, Devoy Royal and Erron Downer, as the south west St Catherine club posted a challenging 193 for three after being sent in to bat first.

Brown ended the innings unbeaten on 72 after building an opening stand of 135 with the more attack-minded Gray, who made 68 from 40 balls. Brown’s 60-ball knock included nine boundaries, while Gray smashed five fours and five sixes in a brilliant display of power hitting.

Downer, the hero of Old Harbour’s quarter-final win over Race Course, upped the ante in joining Brown, as he blazed a whirlwind 38 from 13 deliveries which included four maximums while hitting the boundary rope once. Fifty-four runs were added for the second wicket and Old Harbour were firmly in the driver’s seat, while Malcolm White (2-31) was the best bowler on the day for Greater Portmore.

At their turn at bat, the Portmore champions and wild card entrant were off to a decent start with openers Rushane Bird (41) and Junior Stewart (39) posting 67 for the first wicket. The departure of Bird saw Jermaine Gordon (37) teaming up with Stewart and together the pair compiled 34 for the second wicket. But their departures, due to excellent bowling from Old Harbour, stifled the flow of runs, as they were restricted to 163 for seven when the overs ran out.

Downer’s all round ability, once again shun, as he bagged two for 17, while Derron Royal grabbed two for 40.

Meanwhile, Junction/Bull Savannah, champions of 2013 as well, confined Heartease to 117 for eight from 20 overs, before racing to 120 for three with some five overs to spare.

Old Harbour will be seeking to exact revenge against Junction after coming out on the losing end when both teams meat in last year’s semi-finals.

The final is set for 27th August at Naranda Bauxite in Discovery Bay, St Ann.

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Old Harbour Cricket Club have more reasons to celebrate this Independence weekend after their SDC T20 quarter-final defeat to Greater Portmore was overturned by a review panel on Tuesday.

Greater Portmore, who Old Harbour defeated twice this season, recorded a shock five-wicket win over their arch rival in last Sunday’s quarter-final fixture at Three Hills, St Mary.

But immediately after the game, the two-time national community T20 cricket champions lodged an appeal, claiming Greater Portmore had used three “elite players” – a breach of competition rules which allows a maximum of two elite players per game.

Dennis Bulli of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Lucas Cricket Club’s Dwayne Guthrie are the two elite players registered by Greater Portmore.

However, in its complaint submitted, Old Harbour contended that Germaine Gordon of Lucas CC is an elite player having represented his club in the Senior Cup – the country’s premier domestic cricket competition – last year after the stimulated cut-off period thus granting the player elite status.

An investigation into the matter by the Social Development Commission review panel confirmed Old Harbour’s claim to be factual as match records obtained from the Jamaica Cricket Association revealed that Gordon, who was the main architect behind Greater Portmore’s win on a wet Three Hills wicket, had played in a two-day game for Lucas on March 28 and 29 of last year before turning out for them in a September 6, 2015 one-day encounter.

According to competition rules for this season “each community squad will be entitled to a maximum of four elite players from the top local domestic competitions… However, only a maximum of two such (elite) players may be nominated for a particular match.

“An elite player is one who currently plays or has played in a minimum of two domestic or international competitions later than March 10, 2015.”

Commenting on the ruling club manager for Old Harbour CC Orane Kelly said: It’s a sort of a blessing. We had hope of beating them but tough luck on their part; you must abide by the rules.

The pitch definitely played a key role in determining the outcome of the game. When you lose the toss on such a wicket you are always up against it because every team will choose to bat last on that pitch.”

Scores: Old Harbour 166 for seven from 20 overs. Ronville Brown 80 not out. Greater Portmore 168 for five from 17.4 overs. Germaine Gordon, 60.

The 2011 and 2012 champions will now turn their attention to the August 14 10:00 am semi-final game versus Junction of St Elizabeth at Ultimate Cricket Ground, St Ann where they hope to extend their impressive record of never losing a semi-final game at this stage of the competition having played in three finals.

Defending champions White House of Westmoreland will play Melrose of Kingston in the other semi-final starting 2:00 pm.

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Ronville Brown’s blistering unbeaten 94 anchored Old Harbour to a crushing seven-wicket victory over Yallahs, as the national round of the SDC T20 community cricket got underway on Sunday.

The Group A double-header played at Chedwin Park was entertaining as it was exciting with Yallahs posting 155 for nine from their 20 overs after winning the toss.

The St Thomas parish champions’ innings was highlighted by a superb 61-ball century of 104 from Kevin Williams who blazed 14 fours and five sixes. Williams had to perform a rescue act after Yallahs first three wickets fell for only five runs.

The middle-order batsman found an able ally in Davion Wilson (31 from 36 balls) as the pair staged a remarkable fight-back, adding 130 for the fourth wicket. Their departure, however, triggered yet another batting collapse as Old Harbour skipper Lascele Davis bagged four for 24, including hat-trick, while Deron Royal captured three for 35.

In reply, Old Harbour – champions of St Catherine – got off to flyer with Brown and opening partner Devoy Smith (27 from 25 balls) amassing 84 runs before the latter departed.

Ramone Francis (25 from 25 balls) then joined Brown and together they added 54 runs for the second wicket with the opener leading the charge.

Victory was in sight after Francis was sent back to the pavilion, but Brown, who smashed 13 boundaries and three sixes from 47 balls, took Old Harbour over the finish line with 3.1 overs to spare.

In the early game, Melrose defeated Richmond Park by 62 runs.

Batting first, Melrose made 163 for seven from 20 overs with Omar Allison topscoring with 98. Allison’s knock came off 56 balls and included six fours and seven sixes, while Ralston Nelson (3-21) and Adoni Dyke (2-16) were the chief wicket-takers.

At their turn to bat, Richmond Park were bowled out for 101 with Dyke getting 31 against the bowling of Fitzroy Peterkin (3-31) and Ryan Francis (2-17) and Jamoy Lawrence whose two wickets cost 12 runs.

In Group B, Junction/Bull Savannah of St Elizabeth defeated Clarendon’s May Pen Lions by six wickets in the first game at French Park before South Star of eked out a seven-wicket win over Comfort.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 20:04

Old Harbour win SDC T20 parish title

Old Harbour, for the fourth time, will be the parish representative in the national round of the SDC T20 community cricket after defeating Greater Portmore by 28 runs at Chedwin Park on Sunday.

Displaying good all-round team cricket, Old Harbour posted 157 all out before restricting Greater Portmore to 129 for eight.

It was a grudge match between the two most consistent teams in the parish with Old Harbour holding the psychological advantage after getting the better of their main rival when they met in the quarter-final round a few weeks ago.

On a slow Chedwin Park track, Greater Portmore won the toss and quickly inserted Old Harbour to bat first. The free-scoring opening pair of Ronville Brown and West Indies star player Andre Russell then posted 76 in 9.1 overs before Russell departed for 41 from 24 balls, smashing three boundaries and three sixes in his knock.

Brown followed Russell into the pavilion shortly afterwards, with a run-a-ball 40, including three fours and one six.

The in-form Devoy Smith then blazed a swashbuckling 45 from 24 balls inclusive of four fours and three maximums in a 48-run third-wicket partnership with Erron Downer who made five.

But the departure of Smith saw the Old Harbour innings losing its sting with Brian Brown (4-28) and Jordan Thompson (2-24) stemming the flow of runs.

After losing an early wicket, Kirk McKenzie (40 from 43 balls) and Dennis Bulli (36 from 26 balls) had to attend to early repairs atop the innings for Greater Portmore as the two shared in a second-wicket partnership of 53.

McKenzie recorded four fours in his innings, while Bulli was more cavalier stroking three boundaries and two sixes.

But once the two were gone it was a case of damage limitation for Greater Portmore as Old Harbour skipper Lascelles Davis (3-22) and Deron Royal (2-15) brought their chase to a grinding halt.

Old Harbour, the 2011 and 2012 national champions, have secured themselves $100,000 for winning the parish title, while Greater Portmore are assured of $50,000 as runner-up.

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Old Harbour, Colbeck, Ewarton and Greater Portmore have all qualified for the parish semi-finals of the SDC Community T20.

Following the latest round of matches played yesterday, Old Harbour thrashed Greater Portmore by nine wickets in their game at Chedwin Park after Dela Lions defeated Old Harbour Bay by seven wickets in the early match which was of academic interest only.

With both teams already assured of a place in the last four, the contest was more about bragging rights. Greater Portmore got it right at the toss but that proved to be the only success of note thereafter as they were blown away for 83 in 17 overs. Hodayne Bryce (37) was Greater Portmore’s top run-getter against the bowling of Lascelles Davis (4-18) and Ramone Francis who took two wickets for only four runs.

Old Harbour, bolstered by the return of West Indies international player Andre Russell, raced to 89 for one in 7.3 overs. Russell, opening the batting, set the game up nicely for Old Harbour with a quick-fire 37, while opening partner Ronville Brown made an unbeaten 30 and Devoy Smith not out on 10.

With nothing to play for Old Harbour Bay and Dela Lions, were entertaining from the start which the latter won in the end. Former national player Maurice Kepple blazed 102, as Old Harbour Bay posted 191 for one from 20 overs. But Roy Williams made the chase looked easy in the end with a brilliant 123 as the Lions cruised to 192 for three.

As the group winners, Old Harbour will play Ewarton on the June 11 semi-finals at Chedwin Park starting 2:00 pm after Colbeck take on Greater Portmore at 10:00 am.

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Old Harbour and Greater Portmore registered comfortable wins in Super 8 action of the SDC Community T20 on Sunday.

In a Zone A double-header played at Chedwin Park, Greater Portmore defeated Old Harbour Bay by 65 runs in the early game, while Old Harbour crushed Dela Lions by seven wickets.

Greater Portmore’s victory was spearheaded by Odane Hartley’s brilliant half century at the top of the innings that came off 49-ball knock, comprising of 10 fours and two sixes and was the base of Greater Portmore’s 211 for five from 20 overs.

He shared in an opening partnership of 144 with Robert Heron, who made 49 (4x4s; 2x6s) from 33 balls in a contest that they dominated from the start

Old Harbour Bay, having won the toss, fought back with the quick departures of Hartley, Heron and Oniel Weir, who was LBW for naught to the bowling of Maurice People, as Greater Portmore slipped to 145 for three.

But the experienced Dennis Bulli seized the initiative once more for Greater Portmore with a blistering 42 from 16 balls, smashing four boundaries and three sixes.

Robert Johnson was the pick of the bowlers for Old Harbour Bay, claiming two for 27.

In reply, Old Harbour Bay lost crucial wickets at key moments and were left at 146 for eight when their chase ended. Middle order batsman Ricardo Stewart topscored for Old Harbour Bay with 32 (3x4s; 1x6s) from 28 balls after opener Cleon Thompson made 25.

Bulli ended with match figures of three for 24, while Dwayne Guthrie bagged two for 29.

Old Harbour's strong all-round line-up overpowered the Lions despite Roy Williams’ top score of 78.

Williams and David Morgan (41) formed the basis of Dela Lions 151 for six off 20 overs, as Lascelles Davis took four for 30 bowling for Old Harbour.

In reply, Old Harbour cruised to 155 for three from 18 overs with Mariano Dixon and Dempsey Salmon unbeaten on 57 and 29 respectively after Ronville Brown made 44.

Action continues in the zone on May 29 at Chedwin Park with Old Harbour playing Old Harbour Bay in the feature match after Greater Portmore take on Dela Lions.

The top two teams from the zone will advance to the parish semi-finals.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015 13:27

Old Harbour bow out of SDC T20

Former champions Old Harbour are out of the SDC T20 competition after an 82-run defeat to Junction/Bull Savannah on Sunday.

It was the second defeat for Old Harbour, which see them finish third in their group in the national round-of-16.

Junction/Bull Savannah topped the four-team group with maximum six points, while Manchester's Comfort finished second after defeating Trout Hall of Clarendon by 119 runs in the feature game at the Four Paths community field.

Comfort, batting first, made 225 for seven before dismissing Trout Hall for 106.

In the curtain-raiser, Old Harbour faced a must-win game to advance to the quarter-final knockout. But they allow the proverbial bull out of the pen, as the three-time national champions broke loose to post a daunting 195 for nine from 20 overs.

The innings was highlighted by captain Troy Powell's blistering 79 from 34 balls, as the St Elizabeth champions scored 122 runs from their last 10 overs.

Lascelles Davis was Old Harbour's best bowler, bagging three for 24.

Instead of rising to the occasion Old Harbour wilted under the weight of expectation and were blown away for 113 in 16.3 overs.

Having lost their first two wickets for 11 runs, Old Harbour showed some fight with Adrian Bartley and Ronville Brown (34) posting 50 for the third wicket.

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Excellent allround performance by Miguel Gordon gave Old Harbour their first victory in the national group phase of the SDC T20 round-of-16 last Sunday.

Following their shock defeat to Comfort a week ago, Old Harbour ensure there was no repeat, as they easily cut down Trout Hall to win by seven wickets at the Manley Horne Sport Complex in Ballards Valley, St Elizabeth.

Old Harbour join Comfort in second in the group after the Manchester side lost by three wickets to Junction/Bull Savannah in the day's feature game at the venue. Needing 12 runs to win from the final over after Comfort posted 158 for eight from 20 overs, the hosts responded with 162 for seven with three balls to spare.

Earlier it was a matter of completing the formalities for Old Harbour as Clarendon's Trout Hall made 130 for seven off 20 overs after winning the toss. The dreadlocks Kemar Isaacs led the bowling with two for 11 while Gordon's two wickets cost 31 runs.

In reply, Old Harbour went on the attack immediately, racing to 131 for three in 13 overs. Gordon was belligerent with the bat, as he was unbeaten on 66 while teammate Dempsey Salmon made 23.

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Old Harbour surprisingly lost their first game of the SDC T20 national round-of-16, losing by 35 runs to Comfort runs in a low-scoring encounter.

Last Sunday’s double-header at the Comfort Community Centre had former champions and perennial title challengers Old Harbour going up against a partisan home support in north Manchester.

The first victory for the hosts came at the toss and they opted to bat first. However, their tally fell well below expectation as they posted 114 for nine from 20 overs. Jonio Martin (26) and Zidane Copeland (20) scored most runs with the bat against the bowling of Christopher Halstead (2-10) and Miguel Gordon, 2-17.

What should have been a Sunday afternoon stroll turn out to be mission impossible for the experienced visitors. Gordon (16), Deron Royal (12) and Kirschon Givans (10) were the only Old Harbour players to reach double figures, as they shockingly crumbled to 79 all out in 18.4 overs.

Comfort’s Curtis Campbell and Nicholas Walters took two wickets each in a famous win that will remain long in the memories of the community.

In the early game Junction/Bull Savannah (122) of St Elizabeth defeated Clarendon’s Trout Hall (121) by one run.

Both Comfort and Junction/Bull Savannah are the early leaders in the round-robin group but Old Harbour and Trout Hall must win their remaining matches to have any chance of advancing to the quarter-finals knockout.

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