Defending champs Northern Lights bow out with win in

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Defending champions in the Sandals Under-19 Cricket Competition Northern Lights started their defence disastrously after losing their first three matches.

Staring with the worst results in the four-team competition and possibly no win out of five matches, the team saw a surprising turnaround on the weekend with back-to-back wins against Western Heat.

The Heat, on the other hand, won their first three matches and are heading for the final for the first time in the two-year competition.

The Northern Lights took on the Western Heat on Saturday at the Port Rhoades Ground in St Ann and defeated them by three wickets on the back of an impressive 75 by in-form batsman Kirk McKenzie.

In Sunday's fifth and final preliminary round match for the two teams, Northern Lights got the better of Western Heat for the second time in two days. This time the Lights defeated the Heat by two wickets.

Western Heat won the toss and batted. They made 214-6 off their 50 overs. The main run getters were Kobi Henry with 83 and Dominic Samuels, 52. Danville Walliston was the most successful wicket taker, getting 2-61 in eight overs.

Northern Lights were circumspect in reply and were 156 without loss at one point. They eventually overtook the Western Heat's score after posting 215-4 in 39 overs and one ball. Kirk McKenzie was well on his way to making his first century when he was out caught on 92. Bryan Brown was not far behind on 88. Four wickets went to Shamar Davis and Carlos Brown, who both got two wickets each.

The match signifies the end of the road in this year's competition for defending champions Northern Lights.

Western Heat, though losing their last two matches, will now look to the final, having won their first three matches. Coach of the Heat, Robert Turner was optimistic about their chances against Southern Sparks, who also won three matches to book their place in the final.

He was not prepared to predict the result in the match but said that his players were going to do their best and give a good account of themselves and hope for a win.

Barry Barnes, coach of the Southern Sparks, said that he looked forward to the final and getting the better of the Western Heat. He also said that his team will re-group in the week leading up to the final to fine-tune their preparation.

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