For the first two hours at the J.P.O, the semblance of a keen contest between defending champions Police, and the struggling Paramount loomed, but Pearson Best, 61, and Wendel Dottin, 49, put paid to any aspirations Paramount harboured about upsetting the law men..
In the Money Express Division One fixture, Police batted first, and were contained by some accurate bowling from the Paramount opening bowlers to be reduced to 64-4. Some level-headed cricket from Dottin and Best resulted in a 111 run partnership carrying the score to 176. An eventual total of 187-7 proved too much for Paramount, who was all out for 123 in the 34th over.
Dino McInnis was the best batsman for Paramount with 39, and Michael ‘Jhonti’ Reid made 22. Bovell and Hunte were economical, only conceding 17 runs each from their allotted overs, while taking a wicket each. Best and Dwight Rivers each took two wickets.
Meanwhile at Smith Road, a more engrossing engagement ensued between Prison and Esso.
The equation at the end of the 36th over of Esso’s reply was 18 runs in four overs with three wickets in hand. You would think that’s a stroll along Harquail By-pass as long as the wickets remain intact, right?
Bat for three overs, taking no chances, and even if 6-8 runs are to be made in the final over, it would be achievable, because the pressure would have gone on the fielding team. Alas we still do not understand one day cricket.
Cato promptly got caught in the covers hitting out, Tony Higgins was run out, and ten/jack did not have the ability. So from 166-7, chasing 184, Esso was dismissed for 173.
Earlier Prison had owed their score to Ronald Ebanks (53), Troy David (39), (that name keeps popping up), and Steve Gordon (35).
When Esso batted, Frankie Hinds contributed with 40 and captain Alvan Bobb with 32 brought Esso close, but close does not count.
Greenies failed to build on a solid start, consequently they succumbed to Welly’s I.C.C.when the Money Express Division 2 series continued a t J.P.O.
Greenies, after being invited to bat, were comfortably placed at 83-1 in the 21st over. From this platform, a total of 160 plus was not unrealistic.
However, an overwhelming spell of left arm orthodox spin bowling by Clevie Hunte, who took the wickets of numbers. 3, 4, 5, baulked any grandiose plans that Greenies might have harboured. Allan Plowright, with 3-10, guaranteed no reprieve, and Greenies was eventually dismissed for 130.
Porter(41), and Bridges(23), were the main planks on which the target was built. It took Welly’s 28 overs and a 4 wickets casualty to get the required runs. Top scorer was Joey Hamilton with 34. He was supported by Charlie Best with 26, and Gerald ‘Doc’ Christian with 22.
In the other Division 2 match, at Smith Road, West Bay had a lopsided 75 run win over Winfair. West Bay batted first, and made an imposing 172.
Contributing for the west side team were Walton Gooding (41), Sydney Moore (27), Ugal Sicard (25), and Milton Johnson (23). Leading the bowling for Winfair were Ivan Brown 3-42, Ashley Henry 2-35, and Heath 2-35.
Marvin Brooks celebrated his 100th wicket for West Bay en route to a good spell of 4-15, while Jimmy Powell, who incidentally, is the fastest to 100 wickets for West Bay took 2-19 in Winfair’s total.