By-Rite cruises by Crewe Road Esso

Division One

An unprecedented unbroken opening partnership of 302 between Ainsley ‘Twissy’ Hall and Christopher Wight gave By-Rite a comfortable victory over Crewe Road Esso in their recent Money Express Division One match. Batting first, Hall and Wight started circumspectly against the controlled bowling of Ezra Hewitt and Matthew Rose, the only two bowlers to leave the field with respectable figures.

When these two were removed from the attack By-Rite set about the remaining bowlers with relish. At the close of the innings Hall had counted 14 fours and 6 sixes on his way to 176. Wight at the other end, quieter, contented, eased to 106. Esso replied spiritedly to be 227-7 at the end of 42 overs when time expired. The D/L (Duckworth/Lewis) system revised them to 275-7 still 27 runs short of their goal. Batting for Esso, captain Alvan Babb topscored with 61, Tony Higgins made 60,Frankie Hinds hit 39, and Cleve Sailsman got 31. Conroy Wright took 3-20 for By -Rite.

At the JPO, Environment defeated Police in another high scoring game. Police batted first and amassed a healthy 296-7 in 49 overs. Pearson Best lead the batting with 81; Kirkpatrick Clarke made 63, Abali Hoilett compiled 39 and Kevon Basil smashed 38. Environment undaunted by the target batted consistently throughout the innings to be 275-6 in the 45th over at the cut off period.

The D/L then took them past 296. Edwards 60, Wilson 49 n.o, Irvin 39, Hutson 30, and ‘Willo’ 21 n.o all contributed to Environment’s cause. Basil and Roach each took two wickets for Police.

Division Two

Bring out the bubbly Welly’s has done it! In a match that lived up to its billing as a virtual final Welly’s captured the 2006 2nd Division trophy as their defeated fellow contenders West Bay at JPO on Saturday. West Bay batting, first recovered from 138-8 with the compliments of a 9th wicket partnership of 62 between Anthony Dawes (46 n.o) and ‘Twix’ Brooks (29) to post a respectable 201-9. Earlier Milton Johnson had topscored with 54 and Ugal Sicard pushed around for 22. Elvis Coward, bowling left arm slow medium was the best bowler for Welly’s with 3- 28. He was aided by Charlie Greaves’s 2-38 and Rohan Chambers 2-50.

In reply Welly’s opening pair of Perry George and Kirkpatrick Clarke seemed to be taking their team to a comfortable victory by posting a total of 137.

However, West Bay’s on field committee in one final desperate stratagem, employed the tactic of wicket shopping by lobbing the ball. The plan worked immediately, Clarke on 68 promptly lifted a lollipop from Stedman Gray into the hands of Higgins at long on. Perry George soon followed, identical bowler, identical ball, identical shot, and identical fielder. At the other end Harcourt Wason and David Ross perished similarly from the floaters of Sicard. Ross at long on and Wason at deep mid wicket.

It took the calm head of the normally ebullient Charlie Greaves (40) and the venerable Ken Hall to steer Welly’s safely into the harbour. Gray 3-33 and Sicard 2-29 caused a temporary panic in the Welly’s camp.

In the other match at Smith Road Cable& Wireless schools easily disposed of an understaffed Winfair. Winfair no doubt afflicted b the inordinately lengthy hiatus fielded only 8 players.

They batted first and got up to 133-7(all out). Mike Reid (34) and Victor Campbell (30) got the runs for Winfair.

Off spinner Marc Chin took 3-20. Schools easily got the required runs for the lost of Ramon Sealy, run out for 22. Ricardo Roach and Omar Willis were not out on 62 and 32 respectively.

West Indies, which won the toss and batted, lost Chris Gayle at 28-1 as the Zimbabweans made a steady start.

But Sarwan, in successive half-century stands with Chanderpaul and Lara, built a satisfying total.

The arrival of Lara lifted the tempo and he and Sarwan notched 67 off 66 balls.

Lara spanked Higgins for two straight sixes off successive balls, one hitting the roof of the Gerry Gomez Media Centre.

Carlton Baugh, who lashed two huge sixes in a frantic 19 off 11 balls, provided a late charge.