By Lauron Francois
The Hairoun Beer and Byam’s Therapy Services North Windward Tape-Ball T20 Cricket Competition continued on the weekend inspite of adverse weather.
On Saturday, Game 1 fixture saw Diamonites winning by default as Rate Yuh Boy Challengers failed to reach at the scheduled game time — 12:30 p.m.
Game 2 fixture, however, commenced on time and Level Side defeated West Side in a rain-affected game. Batting first, Level Side posted a huge total of 173 runs for 8 wickets after 20 overs. Dilworth Thomas was the main contributor with 43 runs, Okief Andrews (32) and Antoniel Browne (31).
Bowling for West Side, Michael May took 3 wickets for 36 runs and Shem Laborde 3 wickets for 27 runs. West Side finished at 79 runs for 3 wickets after 10 over when the rain came, with ex-national player Hyron Shallow 38 runs and captain Shem Laborde 23 runs not out.
Dilworth Thomas also contributed with the ball, bowling 2 overs for 5 runs, 1 wicket.
The match was awarded to Level Side as they were 53 runs after 6 overs while West Side were 47 runs.
In the Game 1 fixture on Sunday, Cum Buss E Links took on Police. The game started late due to a wet pitch from overnight rain.
Cum Buss E Links were sent in by Police, and Links posted a formidable 130 runs all out in 18.3 over.
Osrick James was the prominent bowler as he made easy in rows early, capturing 4 wickets for 22 runs in 4 overs however.
Stafford Ballantyne, at the top of the order, negotiated James well, hitting 34 runs and held a 31 runs partnership with Manley Duncan, who scored 19 runs.
Links’ total also was boosted by captain Uroy Farrel at the back end of the innings, scoring 17 runs not out.
Police started the runs chase poorly as they lost early wickets until ex-national player Kenroy Martin (23) and Randy Yorke (10) partnership of 31 runs for the 4th wicket brought some sanity to the lawmen’s innings.
Hanif Edwards, the leading wicket-taker so far in the tournament (9 wickets), bowling for Links, ensured his team was still in with a chance.
He took 4 wickets for 26 runs in his 4 overs.
The game was slipping away from Police when, at 63 runs for 9 wickets, Malcovin Jack came to the crease and scored 38 runs and was involved in a 58 runs 10th wicket partnership with Benneth Crease (12 not out) and almost stole the game from Links.
The game came down to the last over with Police wanting 10 runs from the last over, but Jurani Baptiste kept a cool head and delivered for Link, claiming the prize wicket of Malcovin Jack.
Links won their Second game topping Group D with a perfect 6 points from 2 games.
Also on Sunday, fans were also treated to another excited game as Orange Hill All Stars lost by 20 runs to Owia Young Strikers.
Batting first, Owia Young Strikers posted 140 runs for 8 wickets in 15 overs as rain also affected the start of that game.
Davidson Lavia continued his immaculate form, hitting 72 runs as the leading run scorer so far, with 142 runs after 2 games. He also got the support from his teammate Desroy Lavia (26 runs) and some poor fielding from a dejected Orange Hill side.
Keroy Patrick tried his best to stop the flow of runs with 2 wickets for 25 runs in his 3 overs and Zadique Cato also with 2 wickets 10 runs in his 3 overs. Orange Hill started poor as a confident Owia team kept the pressure with Conroy Edwards capturing 3 wickets for 31 runs in his 3 overs at the top, but Shamoll Cato offered some resistance and fantastic big hitting as he amassed 38 runs in quick time, getting Orange Hill on track.
Cato was assisted by Shedwin Cato, who scored 17 runs, a more calculated effort, but Owia kept taking wickets at the right time. Owia got a little scared from Markey Sutherland (15 runs) and Iran Mack (10 runs) who tried, but Owia persisted to the end claiming a 20 runs victory.
Owia were also perfect in 2 games with 6 points leading Group B.
On Saturday, Sept. 27
12 p.m.: Combine Sixers vs Owia
3 p.m.: Sunset vs London.
On Sunday, Aug. 28
12 p.m.: Smashers Vs Young Warriors 3 p.m.: Team Hoytes (defending champions) vs Penthouse.