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Bonner leads Mico to 50-over title

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Raymond Graham, Sunday Gleaner Writer

WEST Indies Twenty20 player, Nkrumah Bonner, was in great form last Friday as he hit a classy 72 runs to steer Mico University College to a four-wicket victory over G.C. Foster College in the final of the Intercol 50-over cricket final at the University of the West Indies, Mona Bowl.

With rain interruptions during the G.C. Foster innings, the game was reduced to 45 overs. The Spanish Town-based institution made 210 for eight wickets.

Needing a revised total of 229 for victory based on the Duckworth Lewis Method, Mico reached their target in 39 overs for the loss of six wickets.

Seeking a third win in three finals over Mico this season after winning the University of Technology (UTech) Twenty20 Classic and the Intercol Twenty20 competition, G.C. Foster got off to a shaky start as pacer Jason Dawes sent back Orane Williams (nine) and Pete Salmon early (nought) as they reached 11 for two.

However, Derval Green and Jamie Trenchfield shared in a 107-run third-wicket partnership, taking the score to 118 before Green was bowled by spinner Frederick Hermit for 45.

Fourteen runs later, Trenchfield was bowled and caught off the bowling of skipper Marlon Johnson for 59 with the score on 132.

formidable total

The lower order batsmen shored up the innings to make a formidable total, with Kemar Foster hitting a lusty 45. Bowling for Mico, Dawes took two for 26, Hermit two for 23 and Shacoya Thomas two for 31.

Mico also lost two early wickets in their run chase, with Ramon Senior (four) and Herman Henry (21) being the victims, as they reached 38 for two. The experienced Bonner, along with Zeniffe Fowler, repaired the innings with a 115-run third-wicket partnership, taking the score to 153 before Bonner was caught on the long-on boundary for a well played half century.

Six runs later, Fowler also lost his wicket, as he skied the ball high to mid-off where he was caught for 53, as Mico reached 159 for four.

Led by Shacoya Thomas, who scored 31, the Mico batsmen kept their cool towards the latter stage and reached their total in the 39th over. Green, with three wickets for 46 runs, had the best bowling figure for the Gibbs Williams-coached G.C. Foster team.