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'Special' Blake brings Christmas cheer with T20 match

Published:Monday | December 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke
Captain of the Cambridge PYC cricket team Ricardo James (front left) accepts a cash donation from sprinter Yohan Blake, who's YB Afraid Foundation, won their 'Bring Back The Love' T-20 match yesterday by 71 runs at Barnett Oval, Montego Bay recently.
Yohan Blake speeds in to bowl in his YB Afraid Foundation's 'Bring Back The Love' T-20 cricket match yesterday at Barnett Oval. YB Afraid Foundation had a 71 run win over Cambridge PYC.
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Jamaican sprint star Yohan Blake says he feels the coming year will bring for him, a return to special performances on the track for him.

Blake, who made a decent return to top level sprinting after a tough few years with injuries, produced a brilliant throw to run out Cambridge PYC opener Shevon Orrette but failed with the bat, making just one off two deliveries in his YB Afraid Foundation's ‘Bring Back The Love’ Twenty20 cricket match at Barnett Oval in Montego Bay on Christmas Eve.

Performance on the cricket field aside, its what the 2011 world 100m champion does on the track that will interest most and Blake, who turns 27 today underlined that his injury issues are now behind him.

“Those injuries are well behind me now; I think if I can remain injury free in 2017, then I will be able to recapture the form I am known for. I am just looking for a great year,” said Blake.

The sprinter’s foundation rattled up 130 for 7 off their 20 overs with opening batsman Garth Garvey top scoring with a stroke-filled 63 not out, then returned to rout Cambridge for just 59 securing a whopping 71-run victory.

Garvey struck six 4’s and had one six in his stay at the crease, while Shemaz Edwards was also not out at the end of their allotted overs on 14, with middle order batsman Horace Bryce making 27.

Cambridge's medium pacer Patrick Morris was the pick of the bowlers taking 4-19 off 3.8 overs. Julian McPherson, Clifton Russell and Ricardo Scott chipped in with one wicket each.

They, however, found the run chase too difficult and lost wickets frequently with Blake accounting for the first wicket, when he threw down Orrett’s wicket as he backed up for a single. None of Cambridge's batsmen reached double figures, as Clifton Russell top scored with eight, while Ricardo James made 7.

Edwards returned outstanding bowling figures of 3-2 off 1.4 overs and was ably supported by Damion Cameron, who grabbed an equally brilliant 3-6 off two overs. Blake had eleven runs scored off his bowling and expressed his delight at the turnout by community members.

“We decided to have this event to help bring back some level of peace to Montego Bay, which has been reeling from crime recently, so I am heartened by the turnout,” stated the sprint star.

“I definitely wanted to give back something and I think it was a great effort. We are in talks with the sponsors to have some other big name stars turning up to play next year, but this is a great start,” Blake added, after handing over a cheque to Cambridge captain Ricardo James.

James said the funds will go into resuscitating the cricket field in their community and that he was grateful to YB Afraid Foundation.

“This will go a far way. Although we didn’t do all that well batting, we are grateful to Yohan and his team at the foundation for their effort at helping to bring peace in Montego Bay, as well as helping or club,” said James.