YMPC win Sagicor Super Cup
Left-arm spinner Nkosi Ross saved the day after his team’s below par batting performance and propelled YMPC to their first Sagicor Super Cup title in 21 years by defeating Sierka Rentals Maple Sunday.
YMPC won the toss and posted 148 all out in 37.2 overs, short of their allotted 50 on a seemingly good pitch at the Windward Club ground, Lucas Street, St Philip. In response, Maple who last had the title in their possession in 2014 slumped to 109 all out in 47.4 overs to give YMPC under the captaincy of Ryan Wiggins a well deserved victory by 39 runs.
Ross adjudged Man of the Match had a brilliant spell of three wickets for 14 runs off ten overs inclusive of five maidens.
Both teams definitely had a strong bowling attack especially Maple who had the services of West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach full of energy and hitting the deck hard for his two wickets for 37 runs from nine overs inclusive of a maiden. Khalid Springer and Don O’Neal also picked up three wickets each for a combined score of less than 27 runs between them.
YMPC openers Steven Blackett with 33 and Kemar Smith, 20, were two of four players to reach double figures. The other top scores were Amal Nurse with 36 and Mathew King 16 batting at seven and eight respectively. They had a seventh wicket partnership of 49 for the Beckles Road side.
With YMPC being restricted for fewer than 150 runs Maple and their support team were no doubt happy with a target that seem gettable.
Shane Ramsay and Shane Parris opened the batting for Maple and were in early trouble when Ramsay without troubling the scorers was trapped leg before off the very first delivery bowled by Ross who opened the bowling.
Parris followed the next over this time off a superb catch taken by wicketkeeper Mathew King bowled by medium pacer Amal Nurse for a duck.
Jed Yearwood and Renaldo Parris batting at number three and four respectively were fresh at the crease and ensured Maple did not lose any more wickets before lunch.
Resuming after lunch Parris fell victim to Ross for a mere two runs and YMPC were in definite worries with three wickets down for just seven runs. Number five batsman Mario Albert joined Yearwood and the pair put on 27 runs before Mario Miller comprehensively bowled Yearwood for 14.
There was definite cause for concern from the Maple camp with Kemar Roach coming in at six to face the music and before Maple could reach 50 they lost their fifth wicket with Roach being caught behind by King off Neil Persaud.
The score was 47 for 5 at this stage. Eventually Maple’s 50 came in the 28 over off 167 deliveries with only two fours being hit after occupying the crease for 105 minutes compared to YMPC who brought up their 50 off 40 delivery with four fours and three sixes in just 28 minutes.
Albert who was dropped twice eventually departed for 30 caught by King behind the stumps off Ross’ bowling.
Khalid Springer came in at seven and Jamar Griffith at eight and the former contributed 23; Griffith went for a duck bowled by Smith. Springer was then caught by Wiggins off Smith. Don O’Neal batting at nine was the only other person to reach double figures with 18 not out.