Yearwood leads Keith Boyce XI to victory

Corey Yearwood top- scored for the Keith Boyce XI. (FP)
Corey Yearwood top- scored for the Keith Boyce XI. (FP)

Set up by half-centuries from Corey Yearwood and Don Oneal, Keith Boyce XI fittingly retained the 2013 Keith Boyce Memorial limited overs title with a 23-run victory over Maple in the final on Sunday.

Playing at the picturesque Keith Boyce Pavilion ground at Diamond Corner in St. Peter, Boyce XI scored 213 for four off the allotted 35 overs.

Yearwood, a former Spartan First division batsman, who is now coach and occasional player for ESA Field Pickwick in the BCA Elite and Sagicor General limited overs competitions, top-scored with 61 while Oneal, a current Maple domestic player, contributed 54.

Maple were bowled out for 190 in 33.4 overs. Jed Yearwood scored 41 and Shawn Ramsay 31.Fast bowler Ryan Nurse grabbed four for 36, man-of-the-match Oneal picked up two for 34, while skipper Rondelle Yearwood, the Pickwick Elite division captain, known for many years as a wicket-keeper/batsman, picked up two for 52, with his off-breaks. Rondelle is the brother of Corey Yearwood.

The last tournament was played in 2011 when the Boyce XI crushed Conrad Hunte by 108 runs in the final, also at Diamond Corner.

Corey Yearwood also starred in that final with a match top-score of 60.

Boyce was an energetic Barbados and West Indies fast bowling all-rounder, who also played with distinction for Essex in the English County championship. He died suddenly on his 53rd birthday on October 11, 1996.

Also a brilliant fielder, Boyce represented Maple in the BCA Division 1 championship after turning out for his alma mater, Coleridge & Parry. (BCA)††

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