May Pen Lions, Domtar top Wray & Nephew Masters T/20 cricket
THE eighth round of matches in the Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Masters T/20 Cricket Competition on Sunday at Kensington Cricket Club, saw May Pen Lions roaring to the top of Zone A after making 178-6 in 20 overs to defeat Portmore by 53 runs.
Ferdinand Howe, 63, Richard Wilson, 39, and Howard Copeland, 26, got the most runs, while Junior Bailey bagged 4-38 and Robert Stephens got 2-25.
Portmore in reply started slowly with captain Samuel Douglas, 63, holding the innings together after losing the first wicket at 33. Support came from Robert Turner's 17, with Noel Clarke and Robert Stephens each getting 16. The wickets went to Courtney Hall, 2-16, and Howard Copeland, 1-33.
Portmore, who won just one of their four matches, ended on three points and have now been eliminated from the competition. Portmore join Melbourne and St Thomas, who went out last week.
The second match between Domtar and Aerotel/Kool 97FM went to Domtar by 41 runs. Domtar won the toss and made 168-5 in their 20 overs. Junior Ricketts hit 74 off 54 deliveries, including six fours and two sixes, and got some support from Raymond Brown with 22, and Vincent Gray with 21. Alva Myers, 2-22, got the most wickets.
Aerotel/Kool 97FM, who needed to win their match to stay in contention for a place in the semi-finals, replied with 127-6. Gary Pink, 46, top scored, while Richard McGeichie, 25, and former national player Oneil Cruickshank got 15.
Aerotel/Kool 97FM started at a decent pace but never really threatened Domtar. David Harris bagged 3-23 off four overs, and Oswald Hope got 2-37 off four overs, with one run-out.
With two rounds to go, the battle is now on in Zone A between defending champions MICO and Moneague Strikers for who will join May Pen Lions in the semi-final. Zone B is delicately poised with two teams -- number two seed Wray All Stars and St Catherine still with a chance to go to the semis along with Domtar.
Action continues on Sunday with MICO taking on Moneague Strikers, and Wray All Stars vs St Catherine. Both matches will be played at the Kensington Cricket Club in Kingston.