Quarter-final berths on the line in Sandals St Mary T20 Big Bash

Saturday, February 23, 2019

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All 12 teams in the Sandals St Mary Cricket Association Big Bash T20 Competition, in honour of Maurice Clarke, will be making a final push for quarter-final placings as the competition moves into high gear, with a full slate of six matches at three venues tomorrow.

At Boscobel Oval the competition, which has Costly Construction, Parkway Pharmacy, Braham Service Station and Wisynco as associate sponsors, will see the home team Boscobel seeking to top the zone as they square off with Oxford in the opening encounter of a double-header at 9:30 am.

With most of their big guns missing due to Senior Cup action, Boscobel will be hoping that their remaining players step up to the plate as they try and hold off an improving Oxford team led by Rolando Staple, Christopher Williams and Christon Treston.

In the feature encounter at the same venue, highly fancied Jack's River and Mango Valley will meet in a crucial encounter. The favoured Jack's River, also minus their parish stars, will be banking on schoolboy sensation Zandai Williams — who scored a double century in the recent Jamaica Cricket Association Under-17 competition, Kemar Silvera, and female star Karla Cohen, while Marlon Thompson will lead the Mango Valley aggregation.

Over at Three Hills, title-chasing Gayle with Allando Robinson, Richard Chisholm and Mikail Downer will start favourites over Bonnie Gate in the first match.

However, the youthful Bonnie Gate team boasts a number of schoolboy stars including Tyrone Daye and Tajay Coke. The second game will see Three Hills boasting Milton “Pim Pim” Mills, who is due for a big score, Junior Carr and Eugene Hudson in their line-up, face to face against a Top Pen team that must win to have a chance of making it to the quarter-finals.

At Day's Mountain Oval, the strong home team with Samuel McIntosh, Andre and Damion Bryce and recent century-maker Richardo Thompson are expected to have a big fight on their hands against a determined Highgate team led by the talented Renar Ross in the featured match. The day's opener should see Port Maria with Richard Creary, Tussain Hassan and Wayne Forrester getting the better of Geddes Town.

In the final round of matches, Three Hills defeated Top Pen by 99 runs. Batting first, Three Hills made 136 off their 8 overs in a match reduced by rain — Tyrone Day made 83 for the victors as Top Pen were routed for 37, and Gayle also scored a comfortable 28 run win over Three Hills. Gayle amassed 169 thanks to Allando Robinson's 51 and Jermaine Chisholm's 59 and restricted Three Hills to 141 as Eugene Hudson top-scored with 61.

Highgate also scored an impressive win, beating Geddes Town by 211 runs. The victors made 262 for 5 from 18 overs. Jordan Allen 86, Renar Ross 71, Johnyine Steadford 55 against Oshane Gray 4 for 36. Geddes Town could only must 51 with Delano Gordon 19 the main contributor against Ross 3-17 and Gihon Murdock 2-8.

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