St Catherine blow away St Elizabeth in final
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
St Catherine Cricket Club captured their fourth hold on the Jamaica Cricket Association 50 Overs title after registering a seven-wicket win over St Elizabeth Cricket Association in the final at Up Park Camp yesterday.
Set a modest 155 to win after restricting St Elizabeth to 154, St Catherine coasted to 155 for three on the back of a boundary-filled unbeaten 81 from opener Shacaya Thomas.
The hard-hitting right hander, who represented the Combined Campuses and Colleges last season in regional first-class cricket, slammed 11 fours during his knock.
He was best supported by former national Under-19 batsman, Oraine Williams, who scored 21, and shared in a 63-run opening stand, and Peat Salmon, who ended not out on 17.
Tamar Lambert, 17, and captain Danza Hyatt, nought, were the other batsmen to be dismissed.
"I would say well played to my team for the way we went out there and executed our game," said Hyatt.
"I think we bowled extremely well, and thanks to Shacaya we were able to comfortably chase our target."
Earlier, St Elizabeth, who were asked to take first strike after losing the toss, were kept in their tracks by Odean Brown, Salmon, and Lambert.
Brown claimed three for 11, Salmon, bowling part-time off-spin, three for 21, and Lambert, two for 40.
This was against captain Damian Ebanks, who after hitting six fours made 35, Daniel Ricketts 26, and Findlay 19.
"We played poorly, really poorly today," said Ebanks.
"We did not bat well as we were looking to score somewhere about 250 runs. But congrats to St Catherine, they outplayed us and deserved to win."
St Catherine, who in winning also finished unbeaten after eight matches, copped the championship trophy as well as $500,000, while St Elizabeth collected $250,000.