Domtar, Wray All-Stars on collision course in Masters T20

Jamaica Observer article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Defending champions Domtar Sports Club defeated May Pen Lions by nine wickets in their 2014 Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum Masters T20 cricket competition at the Kensington Cricket Club, 12 Preston Road in Rollington Town last Sunday.

The match was a very crucial one for both teams as they were locked on six points each prior to facing each other as the winner would sealed their place in the semi-finals.

For Sunday's semi-finals, Mico Masters, winners of Zone 'A', will face St Thomas Eagles, second in Zone 'B' at 10:00 am, while Zone 'B' winners Wray All-Stars take on defending champions Domtar Sports Club, who finished second in Zone 'A'. That match is slated for 2:00 pm.

Meanwhile, it was a crushing victory for Domtar over May Pen Lions, after the latter had rattled up a competitive score of 173 for six wickets off their allotted 20 overs.

Winston Osbourne was the batsman who tore into Domtar's bowling attack, as he hammered eight glorious fours and four towering sixes, making 85 runs off just 51 balls, while Ferdinand Sappleton supported him with a patient knock of 40 off as many balls, whiched included five fours.

Both batsmen had a partnership of 66 runs. Mark English was the most successful bowler as he took three wickets for 13 runs off three overs.

The champions made a bright start between openers Marlon Keating and Raymond Brown, who put on 45 runs in quick time before the latter went for 17. From then on, it was no stopping the champions as both batsmen were in full flight as they dispatched the bowlers to all parts of the ground with well-timed strokes.

Winston Myers was very severe on the bowlers as he wasted no time in starting the slaughter as runs came in quick succession with fours and sixes to the delight of the large crowd. Myers took little time in scoring his 50 as the two had a 129-run unbeaten second-wicket partnership.

Domtar finished the match with a well-struck four by Myers to win majestically, scoring 174 for one wicket off 17.4 overs. Keating' unbeaten knock of 76 contained eight fours made off 63 balls, while Myers' brilliant unbeaten 63 came off 32 balls, which included five fours and four sixes.

In the first game, Wray All-Stars defeated St Thomas Eagles by six wickets to top Zone 'B', and in the process, completed the preliminary round as the only team not to have lost a match.

St Thomas Eagles won the toss and elected to bat and mustered 155 for six wickets off their allotted 20 overs. The principal scores were Timothy Wilson (60 off 61 balls), Samuel Barrett (30 off 22 balls) and Leroy Goffe (26 off 26 balls).

Wray All-Stars openers Wayne Lewis and Raymond Ferguson both went on a run chase as they took on the bowlers early and dispatched deliveries to the fence with much ease. They produced an opening partnership of 108 runs before the first wicket went down, Ferguson out for 50 off 31 balls, a knock comprising eight sparkling fours.

Lewis, who was celebrating his 52nd birthday, was the main aggressor as he attacked the bowling with some glorious strokes to all parts of the grounbd. He ended unbeaten with a knock of 76 off 54 balls, which included nine fours and two sixes.

Keith Edwards was the most successful bowler for the St Thomas Eagles with two wickets for 31 runs off four overs.

First Published In The Jamaica Observer.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:26