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. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Click this link and FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
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.
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. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
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. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
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. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
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.
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.
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. CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK