Old Harbour, B'Port hunt SDC T20 title
HOLDERS Old Harbour will start favourites to land a second successive Social Development Commission (SDC) Twenty20 (T20) Community cricket title when they face St Catherine rivals Bridgeport in the final at Alpart in St Elizabeth at 2:00 pm today.
In the 10:00 am match, Clarendon's Race Course and Content Gardens of St Ann clash in the third-place decider.
Despite the possibility of rainy weather associated with Tropical Storm Isaac across some sections of the island today, SDC public relations manager Afrika Thompson said organisers were in advanced stages of preparation to get the venue ready for the matches.
"We are at Alpart getting ready. We have been watching the conditions and following the weather forecasts. It has generally been sunny and from the information we got, the weather is not expected to be as bad as originally thought.
"We're just hoping for some good weather so the fans can come out and enjoy the day of cricket," she told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
Aside from West Indies T20 all-rounder Andre Russell, the reigning champions can depend on Ronville Brown, Rovman Powell and Derron Royal in what is expected to be a riveting showpiece.
Bridgeport possess a good all-round unit and while not having a star player to rank alongside the destructive Russell, the Portmore team can call on Shane Brooks, Kerry Scott, Romeo Duncan and Robert Weir.
Guided by Russell, Old Harbour have shown dazzling form this season but had to rely on a boardroom decision to overturn a quarter-final loss to Portmore Pines after the latter breached the competition's player eligibility rules.
The Old Harbour team made full use of the good fortune by hammering 2011 beaten finalists Content Gardens by 113 runs in the semi-final two weeks ago at the Ultimate Cricket ground in Discovery Bay, St Ann.
Russell belted a breathtaking 98 that led Old Harbour to an imposing 187-2 and returned to snatch 3-10 to restrict the St Ann-based team to a meagre 74 all out.
In the other semi-final fixture, the wildcard team Bridgeport eased to a 41-run win over Krishmar Santokie's Racecourse to book a final place.
Batting first, Weir (35) and Winston Myers (22) helped Bridgeport to a modest total of 128-6 off their allotted 20 overs. Jamaica's left-arm swing bowler Santokie claimed 3-26 for Racecourse.
In reply, Roshane Pottinger (25) top scored in Racecourse's dismal 87 all out. Romeo Duncan took 3-22, while Kerry Scott chipped in with 2-16 for Bridgeport.