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Best Dressed KO cricket final tomorrow
The 2011 champions, National Housing Trust (NHT), kept their hopes in the Reggae Jammin 50-over Business House cricket league alive last Sunday when they defeated reigning KO champions Jamalco by 20 runs at Jamalco.
Batting first, NHT were dismissed for 113 off 33.4 overs - Alexio Daley 38; Marcel Parchment 6-26. Jamalco 93 all out off 29 overs - Tino Osbourne 26, Dwayne Bennett 12; Frederick Hermitt 5-28, Lionel Morant 3-7.
AT MICO: Continental Baking Company defeated former champions Jamaica Broilers by 88 runs.
Continental 153 all out off 36.2 overs - Andre Bryce 54, Mark Gordon 22; David Morgan 4-18. Broilers 66 all out - Andre Henry 16; Ronville Brown 5-56, Patrick Dixon 3-4.
AT MONA: Sagicor failed to show for their match against the home team NWC, who claimed full points.
Meanwhile, the Best Dressed Chicken 30-over KO final will be played tomorrow with Continental Baking Company opposing Sagicor at Mico College starting at 10:00 a.m.
A rescheduled Reggae Jammin 50-over match, between Red Stripe and NHT, is also scheduled for tomorrow at Red Stripe Oval, starting at 10 a.m.
Melville completes back-to-back pool wins
Chelsea's Calhoun Melville stamped himself as the island's top pool player by completing back-to-back tournament wins this month.
He defeated Jody Mullings 4-1 in the Wray & Nephew best-of-seven final at Hot Shots Pool Bar on Sunday to cap the $140,000 prize and trophy. Mullings picked up $64,000 for second.
A fortnight earlier, Melville won the first Wray & Nephew sponsored eight-ball tournament at Mystix, beating Jordon Holman 4-1 for the $140,000 first prize.
Gairy Manning, who was beaten by Melville in one semi-final, received $20,000 for placing third. Goran Faulkner secured $10,000 for fourth. Players finishing fifth to eighth each received $4,000.
The weekend tournament attracted 57 players, including two women.
Eastern assume leading Wray & Nephew skittles
Eastern All-Stars from Windward Road assumed sole leadership in the Wray & Nephew White Overproof skittles competition last Sunday when they defeated Eagles 7-4 at Bejon's Sports Bar, Hughenden Plaza.
Eastern lead the premier league standings with 15 points from six matches, representing five wins and a loss. Eagles, joint leaders prior to Sunday, dropped to joint second with Rowe's Strikers, both having 12 points, representing four wins and two losses. Starliner are in fourth on nine points.
In other premier league matches played last Sunday, Rowe's Strikers beat Waltham Strikers 7-4, Starliner clipped Mister C 'B' 6-5. In major league action, leaders Mister C 'A' pipped The Dip 6-5 and Olympic Strikers beat Mystix 7-4.
Matches on tomorrow: At Mister C in Spanish Town, Mister C 'B' will oppose Rowe's at 2;00 p.m., followed by Mister C 'A' vs Mystix.
At Eastern All-Stars in East Kingston, Mercury vs The Dip in the first match at 2:00, followed by Eastern vs Starliner at 5:00.
Eagles will oppose Waltham Strikers at Olympic Way, starting at 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, the skittles fraternity is mourning the passing of the veteran Alfred Rowe, founder and proprietor of Rowe's Strikers Skittles Club. Rowe died last Monday night after a long illness. The Jamaica Skittles Federation, through its president, Sam Allen, has extended condolences to his family.
Petrojam retain BH KO football title
Defending champions Petrojam defeated previously unbeaten division-two campaigners Metrodade 3-0 to win the Scotiabank Group-sponsored Business House KO football final Wednesday afternoon at Red Stripe Oval.
Triple champions of last season, Petrojam are unbeaten in all competitions this year.
Petrojam opened the scoring against the run of play in the 24th minute with a goal from Andrew Christie from outside the 18-yard box.
They widened the lead in the 32rd miniute with a goal from Fabian Reid to lead 2-0 at half-time. David 'Beckham' Stultz sealed the issue in the 73rd minute via a penalty.
Former champions Scotiabank topped the division-one standings with 26 points, thanks to a 1-0 win over The Gleaner at Winchester Park last Saturday. The winning goal was scored by Anthony Greenland in the 22nd minute.
On Wednesday, Jamaica Fire defeated NHT 1-0 at NWC playing field, Mona, in division two semi-final action, to advance to the September 8 final.
Their opponents in the final will be Metrodade, who slammed JUTC 5-1 in the other semi-final on Thursday at Red Stripe Oval, thanks to goals from Damion Reid, Kemar Beckford, Christopher Hayes, Shannon Bartley and Kalique Lawrence.
Meanwhile, the semi-finals of the Western Sports-sponsored division-one league are scheduled to be played tomorrow at Red Stripe Oval.
In the first match at 1:30 p.m., defending champions Petrojam will oppose Wisynco, followed by Scotiabank vs Jamaica Customs at 3:30 p.m.
Napoli are JFL champions
Napoli are 2013 champions of the Jamalco Football League after defeating favourites Port 1-0 in the final at the Wembley Excellence centre in Clarendon, last Saturday.
Captain Rohan Smith netted the all-important goal in the 68th minute as Napoli secured their first JFL title since 2008.
Napoli turned the tables on Port, as the two had featured in the opening game of the season Port won 2-0. It was a huge disappointment for Port, who were unbeaten, up to that point, and had even won the end-of-round final.
Though they did not feature prominently in the sectional awards, Napoli pocketed $120,000 as champions. Port secured $80,000 as runners-up. Third-place winners Top Hill gained $40,000 and fourth-place, Raymonds, $20,000.
Invincible won $7,000 and the Blossom Laidley Trophy as best-dressed team. Top Hill took home two awards - the Leo Lambert trophy and prize money of $10,000 for being the most disciplined and best defensive team, a record of one goal conceded in six games. The most improved team award went to Raymond who reached the semi-finals after years of exiting at the preliminary-round stage.
Andre Jones and Andrew Issacs were jointly awarded with the top goalscorer awards.
Digicel/Luton Shelton treat
Reggae Boy Luton Shelton kept a close watch on the back-to-school treat he staged with the help of Digicel and Pepsi, on Sunday, August 25, on the Tivoli Gardens basketball court.
According to Luton Shelton Sr, the Russian Premier League footballer was calling every 15 minutes to get updates.
Shelton Sr said: "He's really elated and happy."
More than 2,500 children gathered for the last bit of summer frolic before the new school year. Not only did the kids get school bags, books and pencils from Digicel, but they romped through concerts, magic shows, bounce-abouts, a mechanical bull and face painting in a final bit of pre-school fun.
Tahnida Nunes, Digicel's senior sponsorship manager, said the company was happy to contribute. "This is part of an islandwide effort to help our customers to meet the growing costs of back-to-school. We know how challenging this time of year can be and, because we believe in education, we're doing our part to help," said Nunes.
Teams battle for points in church netball
Teams will today battle for valuable points in the fourth round of the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Church Netball League. In the first match of the day, Faith Temple New Testament oppose unbeaten Lighthouse Assembly at 1:15 p.m.
Lighthouse (six points) will advance to the final with a win against Faith Temple who are without a point. In the second game at the venue,
In games last week, PFM defeated Faith Temple New Testament 34-8. The team's top shooter, Debbie-Ann Coghiel, again led the way with 18 goals from 24 attempts.
She was ably supported by goal shooter, Melonie Bailey with eight from 11 and substitute goal shooter Marcia Spencer-Rose with eight of 12.
Faith Temple's shooters made just 14 shots for the entire game. Goal shooter Kayon Sawyers made five of her eight shots, while, goal attack Melisa Harvey netted three of her six shots.
Boston, Little America face-off
Former champions Boston take on Little America in the opening game of a double-header in the Fenley Douglas-sponsored Waterford Corner League match at Waterford field, tomorrow, match time is 2 p.m.
In the feature match at the venue, at 4 p.m., Duncans tackle Harmons.
In last Sunday's matches, Bomb Squad needed a Jevon Roberts penalty to salvage a point against Cascade in a 1-1 draw. Akeem Lee scored for Cascade who were guilty of a number of missed chances which returned to haunt them in the end. In the opener, Cool Runnings and Jammins also played to a 1-1 scoreline.
Waterford, Westchester Rudiz clash
Hot teams, Waterford United and Westchester Rudiz will clash in a Colin Fagan-sponsored South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League at Westchester Avenue tomorrow.
In other games Garveymeade are at home against Cumberland; Ken's Wildflower host Passagefort United at Ken's Wildflower Sports Bar and Lounge; Rising Sun welcome Portmore Tigers at Independence City and Westchester United entertain Portsmouth United at Westchester Avenue. All games begin at 1 p.m.
In last week's matches, Waterford whipped Rising Sun 250-188; reigning champions Passagefort United were shocked 250-238 by Westchester Rudiz; Ken's Wildflower beat Cumberland 250-228; Portsmouth United outlasted Garveymeade 250-245 and Portmore Tigers defeated Westchester United 250-204.
Pittsburgh Pirates host baseball camp
United States Major League Baseball's (MLB), veteran team, Pittsburgh Pirates, recently hosted a baseball camp at GC Foster over two days.
The main presenter was Orlando Covo, Pittsburgh Pirates' scouting supervisor. He is responsible for Jamaica and Colombia. Also giving instructions was
Fifteen coaches participated in the camp which highlighted the theory and practical aspects of the game.
"We are looking for coaches who are currently working with kids, and we teach the coaches about the game of baseball so they can pass on this information to the kids,"
"We were in Mandeville for two days, and we had 25 coaches there," he said. Little League Baseball, which is based in Pennsylvania, is planning a baseball tournament for Under 12 players in schools across St Catherine for the new school term.
Bunting Netball League semis
The semi-final matches in the Peter Bunting Central Manchester Netball league will be hosted tomorrow at Royal Flat Sports Complex starting at 3:30 p.m.
The first semi-final will be a battle between Mandeville Police and Georges Valley. In the second, Belitiro take on favourites Mandeville All Stars.
The quarter-final games were played at Blue Mountain Sports complex last weekend. Mandeville Police booked their semi-final spot without scoring a single point as the Davyton team showed up way too late and, as per competition rules, were punished. Mandeville All Stars had to work hard to get rid of Bombay 22-18 and Belitiro completed a 34-19 win over Royal Flat.
In the final game, Georges Valley topped New Hall 21-17. The constituency-wide football competition starts next weekend.