Usain Bolt proved that his cricket
success against Chris Gayle was not a fluke by doing it again over the weekend
in match mainly sponsored by Digicel.
Despite several passing showers of
rain, thousands were treated to entertaining cricket, music and guest
appearances in the Chris Gayle 15/15 Pro Cricket Festival at the Port Rhoades
Sports Club in Discovery Bay, St Ann on Saturday.
Usain Bolt’s XI beat Gayle’s XI on
a faster run-rate in the feature match of the day after light rain made
underfoot conditions extremely slippery.
Batting first, Bolt’s XI racked up
93-3 off eight overs, thanks to Xavier Marshall’s 25 not out, Kieron Pollard’s
25 and Dwayne Bravo’s 21, while Bolt swatted a six and a four in his 13 before
top-edging a simple catch off the bowling of Wavell Hinds. Chasing 94 for victory,
Gayle saw off the bowling of Bolt before spanking 33 in his team’s 59-6 off
Gayle’s demise was brought about by
the sprint combination of Yohan Blake and Bolt, when the tall left-hander
mistimed a backfoot drive off Blake to Bolt at mid-off.
In the opening game, St Ann
defeated St Elizabeth on a faster run-rate. St Ann reached 58-3 off seven overs
and two balls in their chase of 75 when the rains came. Batting first St Elizabeth
had made 74-4 off 10 overs.
Other West Indies cricketers such
who braved the rain included Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Xavier Marshall,
to raise much-needed funds for the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.
Apart from Bolt’s magnificent catch
off one of Gayle’s big hits which brought the crowd to their feet, was an
impromptu performance from dancehall star Beenie Man. Digicel also added to the
excitement with a host of competitions and giveaways throughout the day.
Gayle said: “We’ve had a really
good turnout despite the rain and I’d like to thank the fans for coming out in
support of this initiative – all the proceeds of which go towards the Heart
Foundation of Jamaica. I would also like to give a special thanks to Digicel
for its support and to Usain Bolt, Beenie Man and all of the cricketers who
gave their time for a worthwhile cause.”
Bolt said: “This is the second year
that I’ve taken part in this tournament and I’m delighted to be here. I love to
give back to Jamaica in any way I can – and obviously a day of cricket with
West Indies cricketers is a fun way to do so. It’s great for the fans to see
other celebrities come out to play different sports and support each other like
Dwayne Bravo said: “I’m thrilled to
be here today to support Chris in this initiative – particularly as last year I
was unavailable due to cricket commitments. It’s a fantastic opportunity for
fans to come out and rub shoulders with their cricketing heroes – and all for a
good cause. It’s something I’m very happy to be
a part of.”
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