Junction/Bull Savannah cop SDC T20 title
JUNCTION/BULL Savannah comfortably defeated Richmond Park by nine wickets in Sunday's championship match of the 2013 Social Development Commission (SDC) Twenty20 (T20) competition played at the Alpart Sports Club in Nain, St Elizabeth.
Richmond Park, first-timers to the competition, batted first after winning the toss.
They were restricted to 129-6 off their allotted 20 overs in good, sunny conditions on a fair pitch with even bounce before a festive, capacity crowd.
Opener John Ross-Campbell hit 34 runs off 30 balls, including three fours and a six, while number six batsman Malcolm Bryan struck two sixes and a boundary for 34 off 22 deliveries for the team from Kingston and St Andrew.
Brian Gayle, bowling off-spinners, took 2-14, while Christopher Dyer and Troy Powell grabbed one wicket each to complement a spirited Junction/Bull Savannah fielding effort.
Scores: Richmond Park 129-6 (20 overs); Junction/Bull Savannah 130-1 (16.4 overs).
The St Elizabeth-based Junction/Bull Savannah, boosted by the virtual home support, then cruised to 130-1 in the 17th over.
Opening batsman Kerry Holness top scored with an attacking 27-ball 45, laced with three sixes and as many fours for Junction/Bull Savannah, who fortuitously reached the last four after two teams were disqualified at the quarter-final stage.
Fellow opener Damion Ebanks and number three batsman Brian Gayle chipped in with unbeaten knocks of 44 and 29, respectively, to secure the victory with 20 balls remaining.
Marlon Saunders took 1-27 for Richmond Park.
In the third-place match at the venue, Petersville of Westmoreland beat Jack's River of St Mary by seven wickets.
The community-based SDC cricket competition has seen significant growth, increased spectator and community support and upgraded sponsorship over the years.
Old Harbour won the previous two editions of the tournament.