Former 2021 parish champions and the national second placed winner, Racecourse made light work of Bushy Park as Clarendon’s cricket teams were in the spotlight for Sunday’s May 22, round of games in the SDC/Wray and Nephew National Community T20 cricket competition at Sir P’s Oval, Clarendon.
Three half-centuries were scored in the completed 34 overs of the game as Racecourse came away winners by 50 runs.
It was Racecourse Cricket Team who batted first and piled up 199 runs for 5 wickets from their 20 overs. Longtime player Marcel Parchment once again led the way as he top-scored with 51 runs. He got support from the ever-reliable Wayne Davis who almost matched him run for run as he ended with 50 runs. Former West Indies player Krishmar Santokie also got into the act with a well played 32 runs contribution.
Andre Dennis 1 wickets for 28 runs , Aaron Graham 1 wickets for 33 runs and Rushane Pottinger 1 wickets for 38 runs were the wicket takers for Bushy Park.
With 199 runs on the board, Bushy Park knew they needed at least two players to get big scorers in order to topple the beaten national finalists from last year. That big innings came from Erron Downer who made 57 runs but his knock wasn’t enough to inspire his team to victory as they fell for 149 runs in 14 overs.
Aaron Graham returned to make 27 runs while Aaron Gordon made 21 runs.
Chevonie Grant 2 wickets for 31 runs and Fitzroy Hunter 2 wickets for 53 runs were the pick of the Racecourse bowlers while Krishmar Santokie had 1 wickets for 12 runs.
Meanwhile, in the second game of the double-header, Vernamfield had a 45 runs win over May Pen Lions in a game that was reduced to 18 overs per team.
Vernamfield batted first and the opening pair of Adrian Weir and Matthew Hall was quick out of the blocks, pouncing on anything short or full in lenghth. The pair excited those in attendance as they shared in a 70 runs opening stand. They scored a little over 10 runs an over during the power-play reaching 63 runs without loss after the first six overs. It took the introduction of Ricardo McIntosh to break the partnership dismissing Weir for 41 runs in his first over, which also went for 13 runs.
That did little to stem the flow of runs as Davion Borel joined Hall and the two continued the attack on the May Pen Lions bowlers. The partnership saw Hall pass the half-century mark, but on 58 runs his race was over as Johnois Stappleton had him bowled. His innings consisted of six fours and one six and by the time of his dismissal Vernamfield were well placed at 163 runs for 2 wickets in 15 overs.
Jermaine Thomas and Borel would add the finishing touches to the innings adding another 36 runs. Hall was the last man out from the final ball of the innings as he was run out for a top score of 65 runs while Thomas was unbeaten on 23 runs inclusive of five fours.
May Pan Linons’ McIntosh ended with 1 wicket for 46 runs from his four overs while Stappleton had 1 wicket for 45 runs.
Needing to score an average of 11 runs per over to reach their target, May Pen Lions got 10 runs from the first bowled by Sherwayne Thomas. They would get another 12 runs from the second over from Dwayne Derron which meant they were on course for their target.
Thomas’ second over, however, went for just 4 runs before Jermaine Thomas removed Orville Frome for 7 runs.
A 23 runs second wicket partnership between McIntosh and Tieno Osbourne ensued. Still, shortly after May Pen Lions lost three wickets for just 12 runs as McIntosh 32 runs, Rayon Mendez 0 and Marc Williams with 3 runs all fell in quick succession.
The slide eventually stopped with Dillon Ebanks who joined forces with Osbourne in a 67 runs fifth wicket union. Osbourne was dealing in boundaries and at one stage hit four successive sixes on his way to a top score of 66 runs. The run rate was however still climbing and after Osbourne’s dismissal with the score on 129 runs, the team was only able to added another 30 runs for the loss of an additional two wickets.
Ebanks with 45 runs was left not out as the May Pen Lions innings ended at 157 runs for 7 wickets.
Vernamfield’s Jermaine Thomas managed to end with 2 wickets for 21 runs from four overs while Aldane Mundley had 2 wickets for 51 runs.