Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
The University Dynamites are champions of the inaugural Jamaica Premier League T20 cricket competition, after defeating Half-Way Tree Sparks by seven wickets in the final at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium yesterday.
The Dynamites, a franchise team made up of several local university players, scored 66 for three off 11.4 overs in reply to the Sparks' 60 off 19.1 overs.
The Sparks franchise comprises players from Melbourne and Kingston cricket clubs, and the Kingston and St Andrew Cricket Association.
Leading the way for the Dynamites was Man-of-the-Match, leg-spinner Cassius Burton, who mesmerised the Sparks' top-order batsmen to end with four for 11.
Fast bowler Andrew Richardson with two for 12 best supported Burton, while in the batting department Nkrumah Bonner, 21 and John Ross Campbell, 19, made most runs.
"It feels good to come to the final and perform the way I did and I am happy that it (performance) helped my team come out on top," said Burton.
"Since the start of the competition we have been working hard and I knew that once we kept the pressure on Half-Way Tree we were capable of winning."
The Sparks, who entered the final with an unbeaten record and promptly decided to bat after winning the toss, simply had a bad day, according captain Nikita Miller.
"We got off to a bad start and needed the middle order to step up and that did not happen," he said.
"But hats off to the Dynamites, they were good in the field and followed up with a good batting display."
Earlier, fast bowler Fabian Forbes, 21, made the most runs for the Sparks with Yannick Eliott, 10, being only other batsman to get into double figures.
The Dynamites, in winning, took home the league trophy and $500,000, while the Sparks claimed $200,000 for being runners-up.