Top End Zion snatch one-run win in thrilling final
Orantes Moore, Gleaner Writer
The final game of a thrilling, five-month Twenty20 competition in St Mary concluded on Sunday evening when Top End Zion cricket team defeated Boscobel Warriors by one run at the sports ground in Boscobel, to collect a cash prize of $100,000.
During the closely fought, but highly entertaining match, Top End Zion made 100 for eight in 18.3 overs, while their opponents were bowled out for 99 in 20 overs.
Courtney White led the winning side's batting with 30, and Antwain Stevens made 18 runs and took the most wickets (five) during four overs.
The match attracted hundreds of spectators and signalled the end of the Boscobel Premier League, which was organised by Boscobel Sports Club (BSC) and local Councillor Fitzroy Wilson.
"At first, we weren't doing well, but we knew we could beat their total, so we just held up our heads and played," Top End's captain, Jermaine Chisholm, told The Gleaner.
"We have a strong mentality," he added. "We don't lie down and play dead; we stand and fight to the finish, because, irrespective of the score, the game is not over until the last ball is bowled. We came together like a team and fought to the end and I really appreciate that."
Gracious in defeat
Boscobel Warriors' manager and vice-president of the BSC, Locksley Lopez, was gracious in defeat and took solace in the knowledge that one of his players, Alwyn Williams, scored the most runs in the game (47) and collected a cash prize for completing the most runs throughout the competition.
Lopez said: "I'm sorry we didn't win, but the spectators and cricket were the real winners today, because it was a fantastic match and a great competition.
"This competition is important to the community and parish, because it brings in players from outside, so you get to see a higher standard of cricket."
Councillor Wilson added: "This year, we have had players participating from St Ann, Portland, Kingston, St Catherine, Manchester and Montego Bay, so we know it will be even bigger next year and continue to attract cricketers and fans from across the island."