After over two months of anxious wait, the Social Development Commission Wray and Nephew National Community T/20 Cricket Competition returned in grand style on Saturday, November 6, at Chedwin Park in St Catherine with the official launch ceremony of the competition marking the resume play.
With the top 8 teams in the island hunting a place in the Last Four, it was Paradise C.C out of Westmorland and St Ann’s Links United who took a step closer to being crowned National Community T/20 Champions, playing the two first matches in what’s dubbed the Super Eight Quarter Finals.
Not dampened by a passing morning shower, Paradise and Old Harbour had the early use of what turned out to be a decent track.
At the flip of the coin in bright sunshine on a lush green Chedwin Park, Paradise won the toss and asked the former National Champions to have first strike. But it didn’t take long for that decision to pay off as Junior Stewart found himself short of his ground from the third delivery of the day. Former West Indies Under-19 player Shahid Crooks effecting the run out of the opener for 1. It was slow going from there for Opener Damion Wolliston and Ronville Brown, with only 12 runs coming off the Powerplay of 6 overs. It was not until over number 7 that Old Harbour found their first boundary with Brown looking to go on the attack. The pair managed to add 57 runs for the second wicket, but they had soaked up 11.4 overs by then. With time running out, Brown looked to once again up the momentum, but so did Jomo Thompson, who had him caught by Javoy Spence for 21.
The dismissal of Brown brought the destructive Rovman Powell to the crease, but time stood still for a millisecond when Thompson found his outside edge only for it to be put down by wicketkeeper Spence. Two overs later, it appeared as if Spence’s blunder would cost his team dearly when CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL STORY