Three-peat! St Catherine CC claim third straight 50-overs title
For a third year in a row, St Catherine Cricket Club are the Jamaica Cricket Association All-Island 50-Overs Tournament champions.
The Danza Hyatt-captained unit defeated Kingston Cricket Club by nine wickets in the final played yesterday at Chedwin Park.
Batting first after opting to take first strike, Kingston were bowled out for a competitive 228 off 47 overs, with sidelined national fast bowler Brian Buchanan claiming three for three for 29.
This was against Jamaica Scorpions all-rounder Derval Green, who scored an outstanding 74 off 60 balls, which included nine fours and a six, and batsman Brian Latore, who got 40.
St Catherine, in reply, then cruised to an impressive 230 for one off 35.5 overs to the joy of their flag-bearing, whistle-blowing home fans, some of whom invaded the field at the end.
Leading the way for the Milton Thomas-coached unit was former Jamaica Under-19 opener Oraine Williams, who finished unbeaten on 146.
This was with the support of partner Shacaya Thomas, who made 43. The pair put on a blockbuster 152 for the first wicket.
"Well played to our guys in the final," said Hyatt. "We went out there, bowled well and restricted Kingston to 228 on was a good pitch for batting.
"Led by Oraine, we then batted like true champions. We also want to dedicate this victory to our teammate Andre Russell, who was here to support us, but, due to unfortunate circumstances, will be out of cricket for a year."
Kingston, who entered the contest unbeaten after seven rounds of matches, got a fair start when openers Aaron Johnson and captain Garth Garvey put on 48 for the first wicket.
However, after losing both in the space of two overs, they failed to put up much more meaningful partnerships.
Johnson, the tournament's top 'runs getter' heading into the final, made 16 and Garvey 25.
Buchanan, who was used strategically by Hyatt at the start and at the end, was best supported by opening ball partner Michail Powell, all-rounder Peat Salmon and part-time seamer Williams, who each claimed two wickets a piece.
When St Catherine batted, they quickly asserted themselves with Williams and Thomas making full use of short, over-pitched or wide deliveries.
The 24-year-old Williams, who slammed 86 in the quarter-finals, and posted an undefeated 49 in the semi-finals, hit 15 fours, most of which were sweetly timed through the off-side, and five sixes.
Hyatt, with 26, was the other not out batsman.
St Catherine, in winning, claimed $500,000, with Kingston pocketing $250,000.