Division 1 Knockout
It was inevitable – a failure by Pearson Best – and with that failure went Police’s hopes of being the double Crown Champions when the Money Express Division One Knockout competition continued at S.R.O. last Sunday.
Police batted first against Greenies and were restricted to 172/ 9 in the fifty overs. Number one all-round player in Cayman cricket, Ryan Bovell stood between a total collapse and a workable score with a typical stylish 67. Some successful and economical bowling from Ronald Ebanks (3/25) and Hector Robinson (3/25) were the main inhibitors to Police’s advancement.
Greenies easily knocked off the required runs with 7 overs and 3 wickets to spare. Frankie hinds led the run chase with 54. Will Gardener got 27 and Abali Hoilett was undefeated on 22.
Greenies will now meet By-Rite in the final next Sunday as By-Rite easily defeated Prison in the other semi-final. Detail scores were unavailable up to press time.
When two teams are evenly matched the team that panics first usually loses.
This hypothesis was tested and proven on Saturday at Smith Road Oval when the Money Express Division Two competition continued.
In this derby, Welley’s vs. West Bay, West Bay batted first and was restricted to 140/9 in the allotted 38 overs. The Bayers aggression was curtailed mainly by the efforts of Charlie Best (who had a good game) and Clevie Hunte whose collaborated endeavours of 16 overs yielded 30 runs.
Hunte also collected 3 wickets. West Bay strategised by opening the bowling with spinner Harris, a move which proved effective as he removed Allistair Carter in his 2nd over 7/1.
Palmer and the technically correct Rohan Chambers carried the score to 48 before off spinner ‘Massive’ Morris trapped Palmer in front.
Chambers soon followed when he dabbed at one that kept low and got an underedge to Zitoy Robinson who appears to be the antithesis of Courtney Browne in crises.
Seven runs later the West Bay players were high fiving as key batsman ,young Abali Hoilett, unmindful of the low nature of the pitch, tried to hit a long hop for six only to succeed in underedging unto his stumps.
Captain Harcourt Wason and Taylor contrived to affect some remedial work
with some success until Wason, in a moment that belied his natural sagacity worked a ball to backward square and was found to be a few centimeters short on his second run when the nimble Robinson, whipped off the bails from a clean pickup and throw.
Taylor then panicked and gifted his wicket to long on.
With the tail wagging, Charlie Best, (26 high and dry) manipulated the batting but his efforts were in vain as panic ensued and even the imperturbable No. 11, Clevie Hunte was overcome by the occasion and ran him out in the penultimate over, 2 runs short of their goal.
C&W schools continue to impress when they journeyed to the Brac and defeated them in their own domain.
Schools batted first and made 257/8.
Jalon Linton got 55, Ryan Ebanks a typically aggressive 44 and Mark Chin made 32.
The Brac tem then succumbed to the spin of Chin 5-23 and Ricardo Roach 4-36 to be dismissed for 215. S. Sohan top scored for the Brac with 69. H. Sohan made 37 and J.Reid got 22.