Jermaine Lannaman, leaner Writer
Kieron Pollard delivered an entertaining innings, however, in the end it was not enough to prevent Caribbean All Stars XI from going down to a five-wicket loss to Jamaica All Stars XI.
Playing in the second match of the Melbourne/Cricket Clubs Activities Committee Twenty20 Festival at Melbourne Oval, Pollard hit four sixes and two fours to lead Caribbean All Stars to 168 for five off 20 overs.
Sidelined national openers John-Ross Campbell, 68, and Kennar Lewis, 18, were the next best scorers for the regional aggregation. West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo, four, Richie Richardson, eight, retired hurt, Curtly Ambrose, six, and track star Yohan Blake, one, also entertained the fairly good turn out with cricket and non-cricket performances.
Krishmar Santokie, Andre Russell, Yannick Elliott and Wayne Morgan took a wicket a piece.
Jamaica All Stars, in their response, scored 172 for five off 17.3 overs. Former national Under-19 batsman Garth Garvey, 41, retired hurt led the way with Wayne Morgan, 31, and Jermaine Blackwood, 29, also getting in on the act.
Gayle, 13, Russell, 11, and football star Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardener, 2, also served up some entertainment. There was also a wicket each for Walsh, Nehemiah Perry, Pollard, Shelon Cotterrell and Blake.
The game was preceded by a clash between a Melbourne/CCAC Select XI and a Celebrity Invitational Select XI with the former coming out top by 33 runs. Melbourne/CCAC Select XI made 160 for eight with opener Sadiki Bolt, brother of sprinter Usain Bolt, topscoring with 50 and Damian Jacobs getting 38 against Damion Bryce, two for 17, and Ralston Levy, two for 33.
Celebrity Invitational were then dismissed for 127 off 18.1 overs with Ralston Nelson scoring, Damion Bryce 25, Bereston Reid, 20. Minister of Sports Natalies Neita-Headley entertained before making two.