After a one-month break, the Wray & Nephew White Overproof skittles competition resumes tomorrow with the playing of the semi-final matches in both the premier and major leagues.
The semis will be played at Bourbon House, Windward Road, in east Kingston starting at 1:30 p.m.
In Premier League action, Eastern All-Stars, who topped the preliminary round with six wins from eight matches, will oppose the fourth-place team Eagles in what should be an interesting contest, while defending champions Rowe's Strikers take on Starliner in the other semi-final.
In the Major League semis, Mister C 'A', having won the preliminary round, will take on Mystix, while Olympic Strikers are up against The Dip from Gregory Park. All matches will be played simultaneously on four tables.
The Eastern vs Eagles clash will showcase some of the best players in the island. Although Eagles experienced a loss of form in the latter stages of the preliminary round, they are championship material, thanks to the presence of reigning singles champion Dane Jones, many-time singles champion Robert McKen, Fred 'Bushman' Marsh, Rudolph 'Niah' Mullings, Clive Woolery, Everett Melbourne, and Seymour Bennett.
Eastern, on the other hand, will look to former singles champions Fitzroy 'Paul' Blair, Nehemiah 'Fatta' Henry, Leslie 'Toothpick' Puranda, Winston 'Wimpy' Lyew and Keith Barrett along with Sydney Carrington and Winston Jordon to pave the way for victory.
It was goals galore in the fourth round of the Western Sports/Norman Goodison Inter-Bank Football Competition last Sunday with Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) leading the way, thanks to an 11-0 victory over CIDC/FCID at the National Water Commission (NWC) playing field, Mona.
In a one-sided affair, BoJ took control from early with Tivoli Premier League players Dawayne Smith scoring four times, while Dashean Meeks netted a hat-trick and Akeen Themstead, twice.
In the other matches played at Winchester Park, defending champions Scotiabank defeated National Commercial Bank (NCB) 5-1 with goals from Donovan Hibbert, Jamoy Sibbles, Jermaine Gardner, Christopher Buchanan, and Jabari Wallace.
In the first match of a double-header, Sagicor drubbed RBC Royal Bank 9-1, thanks to a hat-trick from Radcliffe Whitter and two from Aja Aiken.
The competition continues tomorrow with BoJ vs RBC Royal Bank at NWC playing field starting at 3:30 p.m. while NCB will oppose CIBC/FCID at Emmett Park starting at 1:30, followed by Scotia vs JNBS, both unbeaten, in the feature match at 3:30 p.m.
After four rounds, Scotia lead the standings with maximum 12 points, followed by BoJ with seven from four, Sagicor six from four and JNBS with five from three.
Defending champions General Accident retained the Business House senior netball title at the National Arena last Saturday following a 46-38 victory over former champions Scotiabank.
General Accident led all the way and, with Scotia playing without top shooter Marsha Murphy, tightened the screws in the last quarter to win by eight points. National player Sabrina Spence came up trumps for General Accident with 33 points, while Raquel Coleman scored 22 for Scotiabank.
Comfort Community Sports Centre will host tomorrow's Peter Bunting-sponsored Central Manchester Sports Development Extravaganza. Cricket, netball and football will be featured.
The day's activities are set to begin at 10 a.m. with the bowl-off of the constituency-wide 20/20 cricket competition. Defending champions Broad Leaf and last year's beaten finalists, Comfort, will square off.
At 2 p.m., there will be a netball rally. However, the day's big showdown will be in football at 3 p.m. with the final of the constituencywide league between defending champions Porus and Georges Valley.
Georges Valley are unbeaten in seven matches to date, having won their preliminary zone. They got by Comfort 3-2 on penalties in the quarter-finals before handing the high-riding Blue Mountain a 5-1 defeat in the semi-finals.
Porus lost in the preliminary round to Blue Mountain but rebounded to defeat Pear Tree 7-0 in the quarter-finals and then Hanbury 2-1 in the semi-finals.
Defending champions Constant Spring will meet Pelicans in the 2013 Masters League football final at Winchester Park tomorrow starting at 4 p.m.
Constant Spring, the recent KO champions by virtue of a 3-1 penalties win over Barbican, defeated Barbican 2-1 in semi-final action to advance to the final and are favourites to complete the double.
Pelicans, on the other hand, defeated Cavalier 4-1 in their semi-final. thanks to a double strike from Kevin 'Pele' Wilson and a goal apiece from former Reggae Boyz Fabian Davis and Boris Johnson.
The Carl Sewell-coached Constant Spring will showcase players such as Oneil 'Chippy' McDonald, Fabian Watkins, Craig 'Warlord' White, Lincoln Taffe and Raymond Smith, among others.
The first competition on the Manchester FA 2013-14 season calendar kicked off on Thursday at Brooks Park with the Brumalia House-sponsored Knock-out Cup. Sixteen teams are participating this year.
Defending champions New Green easily disposed of first-time entrants, Plowden, 3-0. The competition continues tomorrow with seven matches starting at 3 p.m.
Matches scheduled: Alligator Pond vs Albion; Land Settlement vs Hill Stars; Porus vs Comfort; Downs vs Greenvale; Kendal vs Old England; and Mile Gully vs Villa United.
The third edition of the Manchester Football Association's Howie Chin Memorial Prep School League continued on Thursday at the Mt St Joseph Preparatory School. The league features competition among female and male teams.
In the male section, the hosts and defending champions Charagape have already secured four important victories.
Only two matches were hosted in the female section. Charagape were 1-0 winners over Emmanuel while Belair and host Mt St Joseph ended 0-0. The next set of games will be played on November 7.
Plans are well advanced for the implementation of a baseball programme in Portmore.
Portmore Tigers will use their away match to Waterford United at Waterford Parkway as a confidence builder as the preliminary round concludes in the Colin Fagan-sponsored South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League tomorrow at 1 p.m. In another game, Passagefort United clash with Garveymeade.
Meanwhile, defending champs Passagefort, after a less than impressive start to the campaign, have come on strong in the last half, and last Sunday, defeated Cumberland 250-235. Both clubs are in the next round. In other games, quarter-final - bound Rising Sun handed Westchester United another defeat as they burnt their opponents 250-203; Waterford United, one of the pre-tournament favourites, defeated Ken's Wildflower 250-232; both clubs are in the next round. Westchester Rudiz, arguably the most consistent team in the competition, beat Garveymeade 250-227 while Portmore Tigers landed another win as a power outage caused the premature end to their match against homesters Portsmouth United with Tigers in the lead 203-173. Two outstanding games will be played tomorrow ahead of the quarter-finals which begin on Sunday, November 10.
Clarendon and Long Island won their semi-final matches on Thursday to reach today's finals of the Michael Holding Masters Cricket Competition which is scheduled for the Ultimate Oval in Discovery Bay, St Ann, starting at 10:30 a.m.
In a repeat of last year's semi-final, joint defending champions South St Elizabeth battled Clarendon and lost by seven wickets. Scores: South St Elizabeth 108 all out in 22.4 overs (Earl Witter 54, Clevan Salesman 18; Derrick Spence 4 for 7 and Devon Gordon 3 for 19. Clarendon 114 for 3 in 18.2 overs (Richard Watson 30, Winston Osbourne 21, Ferdinand Sappleton 21).
The second semi-final between joint defending champions Long Island and Queens was a high-scoring affair with Long Island winning by six wickets.
Scores: Queens 205 for 6 in 35 overs (Dixieth Palmer 75, Roy Bryan 40; Gary Hewitt 2 for 46). Long Island 206 for 4 in 31.5 overs (Delroy Morgan 77 not out, Cliff Roye made 61).
The awards function will be held immediately after today's final. Twelve scholarships worth $50,000 each will be presented to 12 cricketers in the Jamaica National Primary School Competition.
Senior shooter Bruce Duquesnay turned back his arch-rival Shaun Barnes in a shoot-off to land the highest overall score title at the Bernard Cridland Memorial Shotgun tournament at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore last Sunday.
Both men were tied after they blitzed 92 out of 100 targets during the day. The tie forced a shoot-off where Duquesnay prevailed, hitting four of eight targets while Barnes was successful at three targets.
Nicholas Chen was the top junior and A-class champion with 90. Juniors Brandon Reid (89), and Andre Azan (85), took B and C class, respectively while 13-year-old Peter Mahfood won E class and the sub-junior title in a dominant display by the youngsters. This was the first shotgun tournament of the season. Two upcoming events include the November 10 inter-schools sporting clay tournament, and another Jamaica Skeet Club event on November 17, both at the same venue.
PHOTO CAPTION: Lynden Nugent (third right), managing director of the Industrial Chemical Company (ICC) Factory in Spanish Town, hands over gear valued at $200,000 to members of the Albion Football Club. From left are Kevon Nembhard, Laurel Batchelor, Daine Brown, coach of the club, club captain Davis Samuels, and Daren Grant. ICC, the owners of Freeflo and Oceans Salt brands, are sponsors of Albion Football Club of Spanish Town, last year's winners of the St Catherine Division One League. The handover took place at the ICC Factory in Spanish Town on Wednesday. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer