National Housing Trust (NHT) beat defending champions LIME by seven wickets in the Best Dressed Chicken 30-over KO final at Mico on Sunday to win their first-ever trophy in Business House cricket.
Batting first, LIME were routed for 88 off 26 overs - Delbert Gayle, 23, Damion Jacobs, 17, and national player Horace Miller, 14; Shaunlee Earle, 3-22, West Indies player Nkrumah Bonner, 2-11, national player Bevon Brown, 2-15 and Atley Brown, 2-15.
In reply, NHT raced to 91 for three - Bonner, 37 not out, Herman Henry, 24, former national youth player Shacoya Thomas, 15; and Ryan Francis, 2-15.
On the previous Sunday, LIME were beaten by National Water Commission in the semi-final of the Reggae Jammin 50-over league at the NWC playing field, Mona. NWC got 129 all out off 35 overs - David Morgan, 26, Oneil Wright, 25, Domain Wilson, 22; Damion Jacobs, Fitzroy Peterkin and Carlos Green took two wickets each.
LIME got 109 in 36.5 overs - Andre McCarthy, 33, Dave Johnson, 27; Oneil Wright, 4-27, Chris Senior, 2-13 and Fabian Forbes, 2-25.
NWC will meet the winner of the other semi-final between NHT and defending champions Jamaica Broilers to be played at Mico tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m. The final is scheduled for Sunday, November 12 at Kensington Park.
Jamalco won the Board's 35-over KO final some weeks ago.
New York Mastersare champions again
Defending champions New York Masters retained the Digicel/Jamaica National Michael Holding cricket trophy last Saturday when they defeated Melbourne Masters by 15 runs in the final at Ultimate Cricket ground, Discovery Bay, St Ann.
In a meeting of the finalists from last year, New York Masters were winning the competition for the third time in the past four years to secure the $300,000 prize and trophy. Melbourne received $150,000.
Sent in to bat, New York Masters raced to 189 for nine off their allotted 35 overs - Errol Chambers, 43, Evol Loten, 37, and Derrick Kallicharran, 33. Donald Breadwood took 4-43 and former West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh, 2-27.
In reply, Melbourne made 174 for nine off their 35 overs. They started badly by losing the competition's top run-getter Delroy Morgan for only eight runs. Despite the efforts of Mark English, 37, and Courtney O'Connor, 31, Melbourne fell short of their target. Kallicharran, with a match-winning spell of 5-37 off seven overs, was the pick of the bowlers. Clive Garrison supported with 2-26 from his six overs.
In addition to the lucrative prize money to both teams, the sponsors offered six scholarships of $50,000 each to under-13 cricketers.
Special awards went to Derrick Kallicharran, the competition's MVP; Delroy Morgan (most runs 272), including the competition's only century (123) against Caribbean Masters in the preliminary round; Douglas Parnell of Brooklyn Master (most wickets, 18), Jevoy Spence (outstanding young player), while Austin Hutchinson, the victorious captain of NY Masters, received a special award as well.
Starliner dethroneThe Dip in skittles
Starliner from Waltham Park Road ended the reign of defending champions The Dip last Sunday, defeating the Gregory Park-based team 5-3 in the final of the Supreme Ventures/Mandingo-sponsored Dip Invitational skittles tournament at The Dip.
For their efforts, Starliner received $50,000 and the Supreme Ventures Trophy, while The Dip secured $30,000. Mister C came from behind to win the third-place play-off 5-4 against Dragon, capturing the $15,000 prize.
In the Mandingo women's singles final, Stacey-Ann Miller from Starliner defeated Eastern All-Stars' Charlene Phoenix 2-0 to win the $6,000 prize and trophy.
Meanwhile, the Henkel-sponsored Pattex Cup skittles competition will be launched tomorrow in Junction, St Elizabeth, starting at 1 p.m. The Jamaica Skittles Federation will provide a bus to transport fans to Junction. It leaves Mystix Pool Bar and Skittles Club, 78 3/4 Hagley Park Road (beside the Ice Factory), at 7:30 a.m.
Eleven teams will be vying for top honours this season, including defending champions Mystix.
Simpson winsladies pool tourney
Kadine Simpson won the first of the Pool Tables & Billiards Supplies-sponsored weekly women's pool tournaments at Hot Shots, 103 Constant Spring Road, on Wednesday night, when she defeated Karice Southe 2-1 in the best-of-three final to secure the $10,000 prize and trophy.
Simpson, who hails from Old Harbour, entered the final as the favourite after her upset win over top-rated Francine Cardoza in the semi-final, winning 2-1. The tournament continues every Wednesday night.
MegaMart gives $400,000 to basketball
The finals of the three-on-three Business House basketball compe-tition is interestingly poised after three matches in the best-of-five finals in both Divisions I and II.
On Wednesday night at the Stadium Courts, G4S clipped last year's Division II champions Jamaica Teachers' Association Cooperative Credit Union 44-42 in game three to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Omar Barnes scored a game-high 24 points for G4S, while JTA's Dave Blackwood replied with 23. Game four will be played at the Stadium Courts on Monday starting at 6:30 p.m.
In the Division II final, National Land Agency pulled back a game on Wednesday, handing hot favourites Western Sports their first defeat of the season. Playing without ace shooter Rohan Robinson, who is injured, Western Sports failed to spark, enabling National Land Agency to win 30-11. Howard Edwards, with 10 points for NLA, led the scoring. Game four is also scheduled for Monday night.
In the Division I third-place play-off on Wednesday night, outgoing defending champions Grace Cannings clipped NWC 51-49, with Kevin Daley scoring 15 points for the winners and Andre Williams 21 for NWC.
In the Division II third-place play-off, The Gleaner clipped BOJ 35-34, thanks to a game-high 33 points from Omar Wolfe. John Sinclair scored 24 for BOJ.
Meanwhile, The Business House Basketball Association on Wednes-day night received a shot in the arm via a $400,000 sponsorship cheque from MegaMart. This was presented by MegaMart's marketing and public relations manager, Kerry-Ann Lee, to Captain Clifton Lumsden, president of the Business House Basketball Association.
Rivoli have easy first-round KO game
It is a contest of David versus Goliath as former National Premier League team, Rivoli United, go up against Major League debutant, Christian Pen, a club based in Portmore, in one of five games on this weekend in the St Catherine FA LIME 'Happy' Sutherland knock-out tournament on Monk Street, Spanish Town, tomorrow.
Christian Pen broke even in their three games so far in the Major League. They won once, then registered a draw and a loss in three games to net four points. Rivoli play in the South Central Super League and should have the experience and firepower to get past Christian Pen, which two seasons ago were playing Division Two. Christian Pen could, however, quickly remind doubters of their ability as in the first game of the season they upset Tru Juice, who were demoted from the Super League, 1-0.
In games today, Division One leaders Travellers play away to Treadways at Treadways and Major League club Tru Juice host division team Upfront United at Bybrook in Bog Walk. While the other two games on tomorrow pit Division-One team Flamingo against Major League leaders Black Lion at the Gordon Pen field, while Super League club Bodles should have their way when they travel to the Waterford to take on Major League strugglers Waterford. All games begin at 3 p.m.
Who will join Ken's?
Tomorrow, the question will be answered as to which Group A team will join Group B winners Ken's Wildflower (24 points) in the semi-final of the Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum Portmore Cricket League.
The match pits Belmont against Washington CC at the Bridgeport Sports Ground. Match time is 11 a.m. The winner will join Ken's in the semi-final.
Last week Sunday, Washington just lost out on their semi-final berth as Ken's had to fight hard to defeat them narrowly by 16 runs. In tomorrow's game, Washington will place their hopes on Amanjah Morris and Adrian Bartley.
In another Group A game, only of academic interest, Reid's Pen take on the Portmore Development Squad at the Portsmouth ground.
Watson Grove boot Royal Lakes
Super League outfit Royal Lakes crashed out of the LIME St Catherine FA 'Happy' Sutherland knock-out tournament at Spanish Town Prison Oval last Thursday, after they were booted 2-1 by Division-One club Watson Grove.
Sean Matthews gave Royal Lakes a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute, before Watson Grove's Demarley Barnes equalised in the 52nd minute. Julian Johnson completed the remarkable comeback in time added, with a goal from the penalty spot.
In the opening game at the venue, Old Harbour Bay scored a 1-0 win over East Portals through a Iowan Myers 31st-minute goal.
Church League seeks sponsor
The organisers of the Power of Faith Twenty/20 Church Cricket League are vigorously seeking a title sponsor for this year's competition.
Speaking with The Gleaner, Mark Williamson, president of the league, said that he has approached a sponsor and talks have been ongoing and, hopefully, there will be some announcement in the near future.
The tournament is steadily growing and, last season, a record 10 teams participated. But they were not able to attract a title sponsor prior to this season. Last season, Power of Faith International, formerly, Power of Faith Seniors, won the title for the fourth time in six years.
Meanwhile, the executive committee of the league has summoned all teams interested in being part of this season's competition to a urgent meeting for next week Saturday, November 12, at 7 p.m. at Power of Faith Ministries Multi-purpose Complex.