Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Junction/Bull Savannah crushed Richmond Park by nine wickets for their third hold on the Social Development Commission (SDC) National Twenty20 Cricket Championship in the final at Alpart Sports Complex in Nain, St Elizabeth, on Sunday.
The South St Elizabeth team outclassed the Kingston and St Andrew champions in all areas of the game to pocket the winning cash incentive of $1 million and the trophy.
Richmond Park batted first and scored 129 for six off the allotted 20 overs. The opening pair of captain Ralston Nelson and former national youth batsman John Ross Campbell got their team to a good start and posted a 31-run partnership.
However, boosted by the jam-packed crowd, consisting of mostly of their own supporters, Junction/Bull Savannah performed wonderfully in the field and restricted Richmond Park to the modest total.
Campbell and Malcolm Brian scored 34 runs apiece, while Brian Gayle picked up 2 for 14 off four overs for the champions.
In response, Junction/Bull Savannah cruised to 130 for one in 16.4 overs. Kerry Holness made a top score of 45 and was supported by Damion Ebanks (44 not out) and Brian Gayle (29 not out).
After losing Holness with the score at 81, Ebanks and Gayle had an unbroken 49-run partnership to guide their team to victory.
Richmond Park received $500,000 for their second-place finish. In the battle for third place in the opening game, Petersville of Westmoreland defeated Jacks River of St Mary by seven wickets.
Jacks River batted first and made a paltry 85 all out off 19.3 overs. Petersville, in response, were in no trouble and scored 88 for three off 13.4 overs. Petersville got $250,000 and Jacks River earned $125,000 for third and fourth place, respectively.
In the post-game presentation, Troy Powell, captain of Junction/Bull Savannah, credited his team's all-round performance, especially in the field. "They beat us in the quarter-final, so we came up with a plan and it worked. The guys were wonderful, especially when we bowled first and restricted them to 129 runs," Powell said.
"We always knew the supporters were fully behind us, so we went out there and executed our game plan well, We knew that chasing at Alpart, where we are used to, was not difficult," Powell shared.
Meanwhile, Nelson said, "We didn't make enough runs. We needed about 160 to 170. After making a good start, our batsmen made some mistakes."
"This is one of the best competition. It is a good venture by SDC. This is our first year in the competition and we reached the final, so we are now looking forward to next year," he added.