THE landscaping department is now the Beaches Negril inter-departmental cricket champion after burying Watersports department in a riveting final match on Tuesday at the Beaches Negril playing field.
Watersports won the toss and chose to bowl first. Landscaping's top scorer Kenton Samuels, a gardener, hit five sixes and eight fours for his 69 runs not out, the highest since the start of the competition. Samuels and his teammate Alton Green hammered away, sending Watersports to chase a total of 131-2 after 10 overs.
In his exuberance, Samuels literally broke his bat. Support was received from Green, who made 21 runs and has performed impressively throughout the competition.
In reply, Watersports with the help of Raphael Brown, a lifeguard, only managed to fill their bucket with 62-4 after 10 overs, thus failing to secure the top spot.
Manager for the landscaping department, Dwayne Fagan, was overjoyed with the win. "Watersports did great at bowling, but we knew once we were able to get in some runs, we could defeat them," he shared.
"We didn't expect to get so far in the competition and to actually win is a wonderful feeling -- we haven't won anything in a while; the team is elated," he continued.
The landscaping team triumphed over 15 other departments, which competed for four weeks in group stages to get the chance to own the crown. The team walked away with several awards, including the first place cash prize and a trophy among other items as well as full bragging rights.