St Catherine lift JAMT20 crown
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
St Catherine CC are Jamaica Cricket Association JAMT20 champions.
The Danza Hyatt-led team walked away with the honours after defeating University of Technology (UTech) by 68 runs in the final at Kensington Park yesterday.
St Catherine, who fell short in the final last season, was asked to take first strike and made an imposing 214 for five off 20 overs.
The in-form Wayne Morgan with man-of-the-match 65 led the way for the Saints with Andre Russell, 55, providing best support.
UTech, despite 45 from former national Under-19 representative Cassius Burton, were then limited to 146 for nine.
"I want to say well played to my team," said Hyatt. "To get over 250 in the semi-finals and to get over 200 in the finals was really pleasing to the eyes. Congrats to Morgan for another well-played innings, and to Russell, who after missing out in the semis, came back well today."
Morgan, playing in his third match since returning from league cricket in England two weeks ago, was netting his third half-century in as many matches.
The former national youth representative, batting at number four, hit four sixes and four fours. He also shared in a 79-run third wicket stand with Hyatt, who made 31.
Tamar Lambert, who was later named the competition's most valuable player, was next best with 22.
In UTech's time at bat, the huge total took a toll on them from early and after losing their first two wickets on eight and 30 they struggled to recover. Burton was best supported by Andrew Richardson, 20, and opener Jon-Ross Campbell, who made 18.
Former West Indies 'A' leg-spinner Gavin Wallace, Tamar Lambert, and young leg-spinner Andre Henry finished with two wickets each.
"UTech played excellent cricket leading up to the final, unfortunately, however, we were unable to carry it into the final," said Campbell.