Defending champions falter in Wray & Nephew Masters T/20 cricket
MICO Masters, defending champions in the Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Masters T/20 Cricket Competition, lost their first match on Sunday to May Pen Lions by 34 runs, while second-seeded Wray All Stars defeated Aerotel/Kool 97 FM by three runs under the Duckworth/Lewis system after a lengthy rain delay at Kensington Cricket Oval.
MICO Masters won the toss and invited May Pen Lions to take first strike. May Pen raced to 167 for 5 in 20 overs. They lost their first two wickets for just 11 runs, then steadied their inning with a third-wicket partnership of 150 runs. Winston Osbourne scored a stroke-filled 92, although getting four chances. Fernando Howe, 53, provided good support. The wickets went to Carl Brissett, who took three for 14 in four overs.
MICO faltered after losing wickets regularly, making 133-7 in their 20 overs. The runs came from Howard Harris with 33, and Rupert Nicholas with 30. Dorrel Hall took three wickets for 27 runs, while Howard Copeland bagged two for 31 to be the main wicket takers.
The second match of the day between Wray All Stars and Aerotel/Kool 97 FM was reduced to five overs-a-side after a lengthy rain delay during the fifth over of Aerotel/Kool's inning when the score was 26-2 off 4.4.
They resumed to face just two deliveries to complete their five overs which would constitute a match in the T/20 format. They lost a wicket and ended on 27-3 in five overs. Courtney Francis made 20, while Victor Forrest got one wicket.
Wray All Stars opened with Terrence Corke and Wayne Lewis, who took the score to 14 for 1 when Lewis was cleaned bowled for 1. They eventually ended the inning at 30 for 2 in three overs, winning by three runs under the Duckworth/Lewis system.
Aerotel/Kool 97 FM is yet to win a match or get a point in the competition which started last year.
The teams now look to next week's matches which will see St Thomas facing Domtar and Melbourne taking on Portmore at Kensington Cricket Oval in Kingston.