AEROTEL/KOOL 97FM pull off thrilling victory in Masters T20 cricket

Jamaica Observer article.

Kingston, Jamaica - AEROTEL/KOOL 97FM registered an exciting nail-biting one-run win over Moneague Strikers as the 2014 Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum Masters T20 cricket competition continued at the Kensington Cricket Club, Preston Road, in Rollington Town East Kingston last Sunday.

It was AEROTEL/KOOL 97FM's second win from four starts to finish on six points, while it was the fourth consecutive defeat for Moneague Strikers in as many outings. Moneague completed their fixture at the bottom of Zone 'A' without a single point.

AEROTEL/KOOL 97FM have also finished their round of matches, only losing to Mico Masters and defending champions Domtar Sports Club, while their other win was against May Pen Lions.

AEROTEL/KOOL 97FM won the toss and elected to bat, and they reaped the benefits of their decision as openers Oneil Cruickshank and Patrick Roberts put on a record 120 runs.

Cruickshank played the major role in his team's batting with a blistering 70 made off 42 balls that included nine well-timed fours and two mighty sixes.

Captain Derron Dixon did not last long despite a quick-fire 20 off 11 balls with three fours and a six. Roberts fell shortly afterwards for 40 coming off 48 balls with four fours and a six.

They then lost five wickets for the addition of 40 runs to finish on 164 for six off their allotted 20 overs.

The only other batsmen to reach double figures were Rohan Lambert and Rupert Brown with 12 not out, each, as skipper Lenroy Henry took three for 24 off his four overs, and Earl Whitter with two for 33 off four overs.

Moneague began their reply fairly well with their openers putting on 33 runs off five overs. Both Henry and Deron Reynolds steadied the innings with a good partnership before the second wicket (Reynolds) fell at 78 off eight overs.

Henry kept the score ticking over with Ivan Anderson as they reached the 100 mark off 12 overs and needed a further 66 runs off 48 balls.

Needing another 60 runs from 36 balls, Moneague's middle-order batsmen attacked the bowling by hitting sixes and fours to close the run chase at 38 to get off 24 balls.

It went down to the wire with eight runs needed off two balls, then four off one, but only two runs were scored off the last delivery, to finish on 164 for seven off their 20 overs.

The competition continues on Sunday at Kensington Cricket Club with another double-header, featuring defending champions Domtar Sports Club vs 2012 champions Mico Masters at 10:00 am, while Wray All-Stars take on St Catherine, beginning at 2:00 pm.

First Published In The Jamaica Observer.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:58