Russell-inspired Old Harbour claim SDC T20
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
An enterprising half-century from André Russell yesterday guided Old Harbour to a 56 runs win over Bridgeport in the final of the Social Development Commission (SDC) Twenty20 community championship at Alpart Sports Club.
Russell, who leaves the country this week to join up with the West Indies ahead of next month's ICC World Twenty20, slammed four sixes and four fours off 47 balls to guide his team to 142 off their allocated overs.
Bridgeport set 114 to win off 15 overs under the Duckworth and Lewis method, after rain had halted play, were bowled out for a paltry 58.
Left-arm spinner, Kemoy Issacs, with four for nine off his maximum overs led the way for Old Harbour with the ball.
Great team effort
The champions, in putting claim to the title, pocketed $1 million.
"It was a good all-round team effort," said Russell.
"We were determined to show that we are not a one man team, and backed up by the bowlers, we were able to pull through."
"Thanks to the SDC for staging a good competition, our sponsors, and our fans, who travelled each weekend to watch our matches."
Russell, who opened the innings, was the backbone of Old Harbour's competitive total.
He shared in a 85-run opening stand with Andrew Davis, who was the team's next best scorer with 24.
Ramon Powell, 17, and Kemoy Issacs, 12, were the other bowlers to reach double figures against Roje Barrett, two for 27.
Delroy Morgan, Kerry Scott, and Ramon Senior all ended with a wicket apiece.
Needing to score just over seven runs per over to etch their name on the trophy, Bridgeport got off to a slow start and never recovered.
Rains change play
They were 14 for one after five overs when the rains came, which resulted in them being asked to score close to 10 runs per over as per the Duckworth and Lewis scoring system.
However, with the exception of Romeo Parkes, who made 21, none of their batsmen was able to get into double figures.
Issacs, who bowled with guile, and extracted bounce and turn from the wicket, was best supported by Powell, who claimed two for four.
"We tried, but in the end they played the better cricket," said Bridgeport captain Lloyd Black.
"We gave away too many runs to begin with, and when we batted we did not apply ourselves.
"We just have to turn our attention to next season.
He added: "We would like to thank the SDC for putting on this competition as it gives young and unknown players another opportunity to expose their talents."
Bridgeport, for their efforts, took home $500,000.