Deighton Griffith start with win

Ashley Nurse starred last night in the Joel Garner Twenty20 Tournament.
Ashley Nurse starred last night in the Joel Garner Twenty20 Tournament.

Deighton Griffith Old Scholars started their defence of the Christ Church Foundation School Joel Garner Twenty20 tapeball title with a five-wicket win over Alleyne Alumni in the opening match of the fifth annual tournament at Dover last night.

Set up by Barbados T20 player Ashley Nurse, who showed his versatility with the ball as well as a wicket-keeper, and boosted by a four-wicket haul from the unrelated Martin Nurse, Deighton Griffith dismissed Alleyne for 87 in 13.2 overs after Alleyne won the toss in the Lee Harford Skeete/Lewiston Wellington Zone A encounter.

Then after struggling on 44 for five in the ninth over in the face of telling seam bowling from left-armer Adrian Maynard, Deighton Griffith were propelled to victory with 2.3 overs to spare by left-hander Seth Holder, who made an unbeaten 26 and Adam Browne (ten not out).

Maynard grabbed four for 14 off four overs including the scalps of Martin Nurse (nine), Ashley Nurse (two) and skipper Kenroy Williams (one).

Earlier, off-spinner Ashley Nurse removed openers Trevon Murray for four and Marty Griffith without scoring in the second over of the match before Jason Gilkes and Andre Lewis led a recovery by adding 55 in 6.1 overs for the third wicket.

But once the partnership was broken by medium-pacer Martin Nurse, there was a collapse.

Ironically, Martin Nurse, who earlier kept wicket, was replaced behind the stumps by Ashley Nurse, who swiftly stumped Lewis for 18.

Left-hander Gilkes topscored with 33 before he was sixth out, bowled by Martin Nurse, who took four for 22 off 3.2 overs.

Ashley Nurse, who picked up two for 25 off three overs, also brought off two stumpings and held two catches.

The tournament continues at Dover tomorrow with the 2010 champions Norman/Roy Marshall Lodge Road opposing Foundation ‘A’ Old Scholars in the Lewin/Gilpin Jones Zone ‘B’ at 8 p.m. (BCA)

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