Junction Bull Savannah Retain SDC/ National T/20 Community Competition Title
Defending champions Junction/Bull Savannah retained their title against Old Harbour in the grand finals of the SDC National T/20 Community Cricket Competition on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Noranda, Port Rhoades Sports Club Limited, Discovery Bay, St. Ann.
Junction/Bull Savannah celebrate their victory alongside SDC’s Dr. Dwayne Vernon (left), Lasco Financial Services’ Mrs. Danielle Harris-Drysdale (centre) and Noranda’s Mr. Kent Skylers (right) with first place trophy and cheque valuing one million, two hundred thousand dollars ($1,200,000.00).
Junction/Bull Savannah having won the toss, sent Old Harbour in to bat. With the early dismissal of Ronville Brown; Jamaica Tallawah’s Rovman Powell coming in as the number three batsman made 54 runs from 29 deliveries. Powell batted 6 fours and 4 sixes before being dismissed with a brilliant one-handed catch on the deep mid-wicket boundary by Troy Powell. The team continued their effort on the back of a brilliant knock from Devoy Smith who got 116 from 68 deliveries, smashing 4 fours and 10 towering sixes ending the innings at 220 for the loss of 3 wickets.
With a daunting 221 runs to chase, Junction/Bull Savannah responded decisively with a victorious 223 score, ending the match with 5 wickets lost and an over to spare. The St. Elizabeth based team victory was largely due to the outstanding batting efforts of Owain Hollness who made 83 runs from 45 deliveries and Man of the Match David Powell who closed the show scoring 57 runs from just 25 deliveries.
Old Harbour batsman facing a speedy delivery from Junction/Bull Savanah bowler in the first innings of the match.
The third-place play off saw Greater Portmore (St. Catherine) defeating Heartease (St. Thomas). Deciding to bat first after winning the toss, Greater Portmore team set a score of 198 for the loss of 4 wickets at the end of the innings with batsman Jermaine Gordon making 62 runs from 29. Heartease reply was off to a rocky start and never recovered despite a valiant attempt from the number nine batsman Dwight Thomas who was left not out after making 34 from 17 deliveries. Greater Portmore bowler Fredrick Brown was the chief destroyer of the Heartease batting line-up taking 3 wickets for 34 runs. The St. Thomas based team could only manage to score 158 runs for the loss of 8 wickets at the end of the game.
Spectator enjoying the humdinger battle between Old Harbour and Junction/Bull Savannah
Junction/Bull Savannah team now having their third (3rd) hold on the SDC National T/20 Community Cricket champion title, took home the coveted first place trophy and prize money of one million, two hundred thousand dollars ($1,200,000.00). Old Harbour took home the second (2nd) place trophy and six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000). Greater Portmore received the third (3rd) place cash prize of three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000). Fourth (4th) place holder, Heartease pocketed one hundred thousand dollars. The teams now have the opportunity to help in the development of their respective community with a mandatory minimum of 15% from the prize monies earned as a stipulation of the SDC.
Prepared by: STRATCOM Dept.