Boscobel retain St Mary T20 title
Boscobel Warriors retained the Costly Construction/Chem Quip sponsored St Mary Boscobel Premier League Twenty20 (T20) title, when they crushed Port Maria by 51 runs in the grand final on Thursday at the Boscobel Oval. This marks Boscobel’s third straight hold on the coveted title.
In the third place playoff, Social Development Commission T20 champions Gayle defeated Jack’s River by 10 wickets.
National under 17 all-rounder Oshane ‘Ginger’ Ennis was named Most Valuable Player of the League, while St Mary parish batting stylist Orlando Lyons was the top runs scorer with 280, and Ronald Gooden top wicket taker. The feature match saw Boscobel taking first strike, but their much vaunted batting line up could only muster 137 off 18 overs. Ronald Gooden, 29, Eugene Hudson, 28, Maurice Harrow, 19, and national representative Alwyn Williams, 16, were the main scorers, while Gihon Murdock, three for 29, and Toussaint Hassan, three for 29, were the main destroyers for Port Maria.
Skittled for 86
In their turn at the crease, the highly-rated Port Maria team, including national representative Aldane Thomas, were skittled out for 86 off 15 overs and five deliveries. Thomas top scored with 27, but only Devoy Smith, 15, and Andre Creary, 12, made any other worthwhile contribution. Gooden, three for 11, Daniel Ricketts, two for 15, and national under 17 representative Andel Gordon, one for 20 were the top bowlers.
St Mary Cricket Association president Ian Spencer lauded the Boscobel Sports Club, for a well-run event, which featured a number of outstanding performances.
“Cricket in St Mary is on a high right now and we want to keep the momentum going into 2020,” Spencer told the large crown on hand. “After winning the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) 50 Overs title, reaching the semi-finals of the JCA T20 Bash and our Under 15 reaching the Kingston Wharves final, we have set the bar pretty high and it’s now up to our players to continue improving their game.”
Spencer outlined a plan for sustainable development for the parish including the Jeff McKitty 35 Overs in January, and a training programme for all primary schools taking part in next year’s JCA Primary School League.
Port Maria mayor Richard Creary, in bringing greetings, said he’s pleased at the standard of the competition and its role in the development of St Mary’s Cricket.