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Michael HoldingMasters League cricket
St Elizabeth Masters advanced to the final of the Michael Holding Masters Cricket 35-over competition when they defeated Clarendon Masters by 75 runs at Melbourne Oval on Thursday.
Batting first, St Elizabeth were restricted to 123 off 31 overs, with former Jamaica youth player Wayne Billings scoring 21 and Earl Witter 14. Dorrel Hall took five for 27 off five overs and Fernando Howe took two for 20 off seven.
In reply, Clarendon were skittled out for 48 in 18 overs as none of their batsmen managed to enter double figures. Doing the damage were Delroy Hewitt, four for 19 off seven overs, Garry Bromfield, three for five in two overs, and Lennox Simpson, three for nine off 6.4 overs.
St Elizabeth will meet the winner of the Long Island vs Queens Masters semi-final match in the final today at Ultimate cricket ground, Discovery Bay in St Ann, starting at 10.30.
Prior to reaching the final, St Elizabeth defeated Atlanta Masters from Georgia, USA, by 69 runs in quarter-final action at Manley Horne ground in St Elizabeth on Tuesday.
St Elizabeth scored 248 for six off their allotted 30 overs - Wayne Billings 94, Roy Tate 60, Earl Witter 54; John Slocombe 2-33, Barry Bennett 2-40. Altanta Masters 179 for nine in 30 overs - former Jamaica players Mark Neita and Patrick Harris getting 46 and 44, respectively, Nigel Kennedy 31; Lennox Simpson 2-35.
Clarendon Masters reached their semi-final with an 11-run victory over defending champions New York Masters at Kaiser on Tuesday.
Clarendon 183 for eight off 35 overs - Ferdinand Sappleton 57, Winston 'Sala' Osbourne 30; Joseph Allen 3-20, Clive Garrison 2-31. New York Masters 172 all out in 33.4 overs - Errol Chambers 44, Auldie Brown 24; Albert Halloway 3-26, Dorrel Hall 2-39.
The Gleaner in BHbasketball final
Unbeaten team The Gleaner advanced to the final of the 3-on-3 Business House basketball competition on Wednesday with another narrow victory over VMBS in Division Two semi-final action at the Stadium Courts.
The Gleaner clipped VMBS 32-30 in game two of the best-of-three semis, having pipped their opponents 31-30 in game one on Monday night. In Wednesday's match, Keneil Allen scored a game-high 16 points for The Gleaner, with support coming from last year's MVP Omar Wolfe, 12, and Theodore Johnson, four. The Gleaner are unbeaten in 23 matches.
In the other Division Two semi-final, Wray & Nephew clipped BOJ 26-25 in extra time to force a third game on Monday, November 5. The winner will meet The Gleaner in a best-of-five finals on a date to be announced.
In Division One semis, JTA Co-op Credit Union and Grace Canning have advanced to the best-of-five finals, having won their first two games in the best-of-three. JTA Credit Union defeated Sagicor 41-36, with Dave Blackwood scoring a game-high 18 points, while David Grant sunk 17 for Sagicor.
In the other semi-final, Grace Canning defeated MegaMart 31-28.
Scotia unbeaten in Inter-bank football
Led by four goals from Jamoy Sibbles, unbeaten defending champions Scotiabank defeated NCB 6-2 in the fifth round of the Norman Goodison JNBS/Western Sports Inter-bank football league last Sunday at Winchester Park, St, George's College.
Jermaine Gardener and Anthony Greenland completed the scoring for Scotia, while George Clarke scored both goals for NCB.
In other matches, BOJ defeated CIBC/SCID 4-1, thanks to a brace from Andre Campbell; Pan Caribbean/Sagicor clipped RBS Royal Bank 2-1 with goals from Odane Douglas and Paul Anthony Cunningham, and JNBS defeated JMMB 4-1 with two goals from Dyshone Clarke.
The competition continues tomorrow with a top-of-the-table clash between leaders Scotia and JNBS at Winchester Park starting at 4p.m.
Marshall remains PFL president
Leander Marshall was returned as president of the Portmore Football League (PFL), after he was elected unopposed at their biennial elections at the annual general meeting last Sunday.
Marshall, an influential figure in organised football in Portmore, is serving the PFL for a record 31st year. Also making up the executive are first vice-president Beverly Melbourne; second vice-president Osmond Dunkley; secretary Rochelle Gibson and treasurer Paul Parkes, a former vice-president. Five council members were elected - Randolph Forte, Patrick Dunkley, Patrin Wauchope, Craig Martin and Jeffrey James. The league is tentatively set to start on November 18.
Passagefort hunt third hold on title
Defending champs Passagefort United
Westchester Rudiz advanced to the final after they defeated Waterford United 250-224 in a semi-final game recently, while defending champs Passagefort United got past Rising Sun 250-229.
Last Sunday, Ken's Wildflower ended their season with something to cheer about as they copped the bottom four clubs knockout title with an easy 250-232 win over Portmore Gardens All Stars, while Waterford, 250, defeated Rising Sun, 225, in the bottom clubs' play-off for third.
Dunbeholden take early lead
Dunbeholden took the early lead in the LIME St Catherine FA Division One after they defeated Portmore rivals Hellshire United 2-1 to register their second win in a row at Dunbeholden playing field last Thursday.
Dunbeholden"s Adrian Williams (11th, 60th) scored a double, while Kemar Lindsay (63rd) got Hellshire"s consolation goal. With the win, Dunbeholden went to six points, while Hellshire United remained on zero.
In other games, Windsor Lions came from behind to clip Spanish Town Police Youth Club 2-1 through a double strike by Fabian Smith (35th, 69th). Chevaughn Walsh (18th) scored for Police. In another game, Watson Grove drew 0-0 with Upfront United.
Three stay perfect in Major League
Three teams - Old Harbour Bay United, Christian Pen and Flamingo - stayed perfect after two rounds in the LIME St Catherine FA Major League.
Old Harbour Bay, through late goals from Jason Grant
Meanwhile, Devon 'Brazil' Wilson struck in the 40th minute as Christian Pen edged McCook's Pen 1-0. Flamingo, through goals from Devon Francis (24th) and Tishawn Morrison (45th), clipped Portsmouth 2-1. Dyran Thompson (63rd) netted for Portsmouth.
In other games, Naggo Head outscored Black Lion 3-2, Wanderers, via goals by Delroy Small (14th) and Earnest Morgan (63rd), surprised DB Basovak 2-1, whose Marshell Marsha scored. Tru-Juice drew 2-2 with Portmore's Rodwood.
T20 quarter-final on tomorrow
The Wray & Nephew-sponsored Portmore Cricket Association Twenty20 Club Championships quarter-finals will be played tomorrow.
Ken's Wildflower will be on a high as they take on Reid's Pen in one of four quarter-final games. Last Sunday, they defeated previously unbeaten G.C. Foster by six wickets in the last preliminary match to book their spot.
In other quarter-final games Bridgeview, one of the pre-tournament favourites, face off against Greater Portmore; the Colours International matchup against Portmore Pines is expected to be a fierce battle. Pines should be in high gear as brothers Damion and Andre Bryce, Marshall Marsh and young captain, Terrence Brown, will be a handful. Colours will counter through John Ross Campbell, Aaron Johnson, Derron Royal and all-rounder Kerry Scott. G.C. Foster, with quite a few potential match winners on their side, including Jamaica batsman Danza Hyatt, Gavin Wallace and Wayne Morgan, take on Washington CC.