Pelicans reclaim UWI/UTech Games title
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
After losing the title for the first time a year ago, the University of West Indies, Mona (UWI) Pelicans reclaimed the UWI/University of Technology (Utech) Games title last Saturday at the UWI Bowl, winning their fourth title in five years.
In what was the fifth staging of the cross-campus championships, UWI won four of the seven sporting disciplines contested.
UWI's four wins came in netball, male football, female volleyball and male basketball, with the UTech Knights claiming wins in cricket, rugby and female football.
The games, which were well supported, saw UTech taking the lead after a pulsating last ball four-wicket win over their opponents in the T20 cricket match. After batting first, UWI could only manage 115 all-out off 19.1 overs, with skipper Oshane Walters top scoring with 23 runs. Malcolm Whyte with three for 41 was the top wicket taker for UTech.
FIGHT ALL THE WAY
In what looked like a relatively small score, UTech had to fight all the way for the win as it came down to the final over. Needing nine runs for a win, it was a final ball four by top scorer Cassius Burton (66) which did the trick as they ended with 116 for six. Walters captured three for 19 for the losers to have a good all-round performance.
Boasting several past and present national players, UWI continued their dominance in netball winning 23-17, with Sunshine Girl Thristina Harwood running the show.
With former Sunshine Girls captain Nadine Bryan and current campaigners Harwood and Malysha Kelly imposing their will, UTech, which fielded a few nationals of their own - Althea Byfield (former), Shanice Beckford and Khadijah Williams - were never in contention.
UTech took the rugby title after a close 15-14, while the UWI females won the volleyball game, to push the overall tally to 2-2 at that point.
UWI went back into the lead thanks to the male volleyball team after their 3-2 win, as it came down to both football matches to decide the outcome.
UTech surprised UWI 1-0 in female football for 3-3 overall score before the UWI male team sealed the title with a 2-0 win.