Oscar Owen took six wickets in a spell of controlled swing bowling as Paramount were bowled out for 91 runs by ESSO Cubs in the season opener in Division 2 at the Jimmy Powell Oval.
Only Paramount’s Ricardo Clarke 52n.o stood up with the first half-century for the season. Batting at No. 3, Clarke stood tall while his teammates crumbled around him.
He celebrated his half a century with a bat pointing signal to the pavilion. Omar Willis 34 and Ricardo Roach 22n.o led ESSO Cubs to a 7 wickets victory.
In the beautiful setting of the Jimmy Powell Oval and with the Grand Master present, ESSO Tigers bounced back from a loss last week to victory over Prison by 8 runs.
Batting first, the Tigers scored 121 runs for 7 wickets and limited Prison to 113 for 5.
Ricardo Roach, sidelined with a hand injury, was back scoring 45 runs in the ESSO Tigers chase. Kervin Ebanks’ improvement as a batsman has caught everyone’s eye as he stroked a commanding 51 runs, but it was not enough to prevent Prison going down.
The big match between defending champions Greenies 1 and 2012 runners-up By Rite lived up to expectations with an enthralling contest.
It was a low scoring contest as ball mastered the bat. By Rite limited Greenies to 121 runs, but were unable to make those runs falling for 114. Greenies 1 excelled in bowling and fielding under captain Chris Palmer.
In the women’s league, Panthers, who were 2012 champions, continued their excellent run by defeating Stingrays by 37 runs. Explosive batting from Carnett Thomas 65n.o with 12 boundaries and Desrene Cox 51n.o with five boundaries pushed Panthers to 156 for 1 wicket after Panthers lost their chief runs maker Wyvonne Forbes for 24 caught by outstanding fielding by Judy Hydes.
Cox also took a couple of wickets for 31 runs. Rosemarie Wilson 38 and Judy Hydes 14 were the chief scorers for Stingrays.