By Rite assumed temporary sovereignty of the Money Express Division One Competition with an easy victory over cellar boys Paramount at the J.P.O. on Sunday.
Paramount batted first and was bowled out for a moderate 183 in the 49th over. Sustain fast medium bowling from Conway Wright 3 -34; tight off break from Stedman Gray 3-25 and big turning leg breaks from Michael Wight
2-32 snuffed out any illusions Paramount harboured about a plus 200 score. Only Everton Brown (39) Michael Reed (44) and Charlie Best (23) offered any meaningful resistance to By-Rite’s diversified attack.
The purple patched Ainsley Hall (95 n.o.) led the way for By-Rite to jaunt past the target for the lost of Philip Wight’s wicket. Earlier Christopher Wight had retired on (36). Michael Wight (23 n.o.) was with Hall when the match was sealed with some extras. Meanwhile at Smith Road in a mid table clash Milton ‘Sewag’ Johnson undefeated century steered Esso to an easy victory over Greenies in the other Division One match. In chasing a healthy 204 posted by Greenies, Esso got home for the loss of 4 wickets in 44 overs.
The match was effectively over by the 27th over of Esso’s innings when Johnson and Tony Higgins (46) posted an opening partnership of 140. From then on Esso was on cruise control. Greenies batting first have to credit their total to a 68 by the consistent Anthony Blackwood and 39 by C Scott.
Mentionable bowling for Esso came from Frankie Hinds 3-25, Tony Higgins 2-24 and Donavon Williams 2-32.
At exactly 3:55 on Saturday Oral Fenton swung a ball to backward square to end the torment endured by Winfair against Caledonian Bank. The main tormentor for Caledonian was off spinner McClaren ‘Pepsi’ Alleyne whose astounding figures of 6-20 was accountable for Winfair’s unchallenging total of 103 on the small ground of The John A Cumber playing field. Alleyne got some assistance from Sam Suberan who took 3-32. Michael Reid and Devon Williams each got 31 for Winfair. When Caledonian batted Neil Devere (40), Oral Fenton (20 n.o.) and Sam Suberan (19) saw them home for the lost of 4 wickets.
Devon Williams took 2-12 to save a few blushes for Winfair .Meanwhile in the other Money Express Division Two match at J.P.O. title contenders Welly’s walked past an inexperience School Boys with an emphatic 96 run victory. Welly’s took first knock and amassed a formidable 241 in 40 overs. Leading the batting for Welly’s were Kirk Patrick Clarke with 59, Captain Harcourt Wason (38n.o.), Andre Taylor (26), Allan Plowright and Gerald Christian each getting 20. The wicket takers for the Schools were Marc Chin 2-23, Master Philip Hackett 2-28 and Omar Willis 2-48. When the Schools batted they rallied to 145 for 8 at the end of forty overs. Rohan Chambers 3-34 and Andre Taylor 2-25 were the best of the nine bowlers employed by Welly’s. Marc Chin (28) and Gregory Smith (20) were the two top scorers for the Schools.
At Smith Road an invaluable last wicket stand between Cayman’s cricketing patron Jimmy Powel and Donavan ‘Ankles’ Williams kept West Bay in the title hunt as they eked out a thrilling one wicket victory over Greenies 2.
Batting first Greenies were dismissed for 164 in the 38th over Smith top scored with 58, Wetherell made 39 and Satahoo made 22. Medium pacer Donavan Williams 4-23 and off spinner Stedman Gray 3-10 had good spells for West Bay. West Bay’s assault on the runs resulted in a continual trudge to and from the crease even they kept ahead of the run rate.
Although Zitroy Robertson (40) and Stedman Gray (35) made valuable contributions West Bay’s top order still left ten/jack with the burden of scoring 25 in 7 overs. They duly did.