Prison close to locking up crown

Division 1

Prison moved closer to securing this year’s Division One cricket trophy with what eventually was a comfortable victory over Paramount on Sunday at J.P.O.

In replying to 232-8 Prison lost the wickets of Steve Gordon taken at gully by Gregory Smith, Ronald Ebanks nibbling one to the keeper and Saheed Mohammed taken centimetres from the ground at shot cover.

If opening batsman Troy David and No 5 Larry Cunningham were perturbed by these early departures it was not manifested in their approach as they set about to plunder the under strength Paramount bowling.

Albeit in contrasting fashion. Cunningham with the finesse of an old handcrafter who takes pride in his handiwork; David brutal and bludgeoning unmindful of the carnage in his wake. Together they took the score to 190 before Cunningham on 68 was dismissed in the only way possible run out on his way to an inevitable century. David fell soon afterward on 94 going for the culminative six. Williams n.o formalized the event.

Earlier the day belonged to Dino Mc Inniss whose century (113) was the plank on which Paramount’s innings was built. Helping him was Michael Reid

(51) who got his maiden Division 1 half century. Together they had a third wicket stand at 143. Troy David and Saheed Mohammed each took two wickets for Prison but the most economical was Kevin Basil with 10-0- 24-0

Championship aspirants By-Rite had their title hopes severely dented while conversely Greenies advanced their title hopes with a 60 run victory when the two teams met in the other Div. one game at Smith Road.

Greenies batted first and amassed a whopping 305-7 in 49 overs. Gerry Beukes top scored with 89. Nick Robinson made 71 and Andre Blackwood got 57 up the order. By-rites most successful blower was David Wright 3-30.

Conway Wright took 2-50.

By-rite never mounted a challenged and was dismissed in the gloom for 245.

Opener Chris Wight made 59. Numbers 9 and 10 showed some resistance for By-rite by taking the total from an embarrassing 154 to 223. Conway Wright made 42 and Troy Taylor was last out for 31.

Andre Blackwood crowned a good day with 3-42. Sam Dawson and Scott Watson each took two wickets. Sunday’s fixtures with be By-rite trying to recover some lost ground against Esso at Smith Road, and disappointing Police trying to restore some dignity when the square off against Environmental All Stars at J.P.O.

Division Two

On Saturday at the JPO C&W Schools had a rewarding win over title contenders West Bay. Schools batting first owe their handy total of 219-4 to undefeated knocks of 79 and 74 to Omar Willis and Coach Theo Cuffy. Mark Chin contributed with 25. In reply west Bay was dismissed 12 runs short of their target.

Master Philip Hackett (2-49) had the vital wickets of openers Zitroy Robertson (41) and Milton Johnson (31) to precipitate the victory progress. Master Andy Myles then accounted for two other key wickets of Walton Gooding (35) and Stedman Gray. Anthony Higgins (31) and Anthony Dawes fought gamely but the pressure on the field became too much West Bay and the buckled under the pressure of the pumped up school boys.

If West saw their title hopes diminishing, Welly’s ICC could feel theirs was buoyed by a comprehensive victory over Caledonian Bank.Welly’s batting first went on a run spree to finish at 301-8. At the head of the feast was Kirkpatrick Clarke with 111. Not far behind was Rohan Chambers with 96.

David Ross made an undefeated 30 when the slog was on. Oral Fenton who was introduced during the happy-hour period had a five wicket haul for 49 runs.

Bowling for Wellys, Wendell Dottin (3-12), Alan Plowright (3-29) and David Ross (2-25) restricted Caledonian to 143. Whatever resistance there was came from Chris Smith (38), Neil Devere (22) and D Smith 21.

The championship decider could very well be on Saturday when 2nd place West Bay clash with current leaders Welly’s ICC at the JPO.

School will continue to vie for a spot in the first three when they take on Winfair at Smith Road.

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