NAIN, St Elizabeth — Old Harbour successfully defended the Social Development Commission (SDC) Twenty20 (T20) Community cricket crown after an emphatic 48-run victory over Bridgeport in the rain-punctuated championship decider at the Alpart Sports Complex yesterday.
West Indies T20 all-rounder Andre Russell led the way for Old Harbour with a 47-ball 68 in their challenging total of 142-6 off the allotted 20 overs.
After time was lost to the numerous rain interruptions, Bridgeport were asked to get a Duckworth & Lewis revised target of 127 off 17 overs, which was subsequently adjusted to 114 off 15 as the weather continued to wreak havoc.
The Portmore-based outfit never really got their run-chase off the ground and they were eventually dismissed for 66 in the final over.
Scores: Old Harbour 142-6 (20 overs); Bridgeport 66 (14.3 overs).
Batting first, the defending champions got off well as Russell smashed four massive sixes and an equal number of fours in his knock.
The powerful hitter, who also blistered 98 in the semi-final two weeks ago, dominated in a 85-run partnership with fellow opener Andrew Davis (24).
Schoolboy Roje Barrett claimed 2-27 off three overs for Bridgeport.
When Bridgeport batted, Romeo Parker (21) was the only batsman to pass 20 against Kemoy Isaacs (4-9 off three overs) and Rovman Powell (2-4 off one over).
Though a one-sided affair, haunted by short stoppages that left ground staff busily hustling back and forth with the pitch covers, the SDC T20 final was witnessed by a healthy throng of supporters.
Russell praised the effort of his team and thanked the organisers for staging another well-run competition.
"It was a good effort from my team today (yesterday). We discussed leading up to the game that we are not a one-man team and you can see everyone fought and we fought all the way. We fielded well even though the surface was a bit uneven," he said.
In the third-place play-off match earlier in the day, Clarendon's Racecourse swept to a 10-wicket win over Content Gardens of St Ann.
Scores: Content 79 (17.5 overs); Racecourse 80-0 (10.4 overs).
Batting first, Content Gardens were undermined by Ishmail Wright, who finished with outstanding figures of 5-5 off three overs. Romeo Edwards supported with 2-19 off four overs.
Middle-order batsman Robert Bailey topscored for Content with 31 in a 15-ball cameo.
In reply, opener Thavi Spencer spanked an unbeaten 57 as Racecourse cruised to 80 without loss. Spencer struck five sixes and three boundaries off 30 deliveries.
Franklyn Waugh made 16 not out.