Sunday was double trouble for All Stars and Bryson's Bullets female team as Old Road pull out everything they got in their artillery. They came up with the stops when they needed to. The stars shone but not bright enough as it didn’t have any impact in the finale. Bryson's Shipping & Insurance (BSI) bullets were just not penetrative enough. Old Road came out fighting with fire as they denied All Stars another Ten (10) over championship. After both team won their semi finals game in style, it was moment waiting, as that of last year’s 10 overs final rematch. Old Road with an additional fire power in Murphy Joseph as the deceptive spin bowler, the trick for Old Road this time around.
Earlier Old Road male defeated Bryson’s Bullets by 9 wickets. After Bullets posted a decent score of 71 for 6 but Old Road cruised home scoring 75 for 1. Nigel George and Franklyn Harris were the main contributors in Bullets innings with 19 and 29 not out respectively. When Old Road came to the bat Jason Marshall and Alex Harris with 32 not out and 22 not out respectively ensure that Old Road would be back to the 10 overs finals again. The main wicket taker for Old Road was Murphy Joseph with 2 wickets for 8 runs. In the other semifinals matchup All Stars came out victorious. After Heritage Sports Cracker Jack posted a decent score of 62 for 3 Al Stars cruised home scoring 63 for 2. Hendricks Govia and Conroy Benjamin both contributed 22 runs for Cracker Jack while Cortwright 'Carty' Mason and Vaughn 'Joey' Christopher made 30 not out and 24 runs respectively. The main wicket taker for All Stars was Vincie Bowen with 2 wickets for 6 runs.
Quality Boat Works Enforcers edge out by Bryson’s Bullets in the female quarter finals. Old Road bowling was just too much for Molwyn Joseph Clippers as Old Road made 65 for 3 off their allotted 10 overs but Clippers could only respond with 44 for 2. Daphne Morris continued her batting form with 27 runs for Old Road. Sonia Farrell and Denise Williams were the main contributors with 12 and 15 runs respectively for Clippers. Earlier The Hon. Winston Williams Cracker Jack defeated Nature Girls by 10 runs to book a place in the semi-finals behind efforts from Karen Warner 27 runs not out and Darolyn Barnes 2 wickets for 11 runs. Ann Anthony 2 wickets for 4 runs was the bright spot for Nature Girls. But Bryson’s Bullets showed to be just too much The Hon. Winston Williams Cracker Jack who was restricted to a mere 43 for 6 from 10 overs with Rosely Lewis making 21 runs. In reply Bryson’s Bullets cruised to victory with 46 for 2. Dian Baxter was main destroyer for Bullets with 2 wickets for 8 runs.
The fans were waiting for the well anticipated rematch from last year’s male 10 overs finals. Old Road batted first this time around. They posted a good score of 91 for 7 thanks to a nice late innings of 20 runs not out from Marlon ‘X Man’ Richards. The star with the ball for All Stars were Vincie Bowen 2 wickets for 15 runs, Denley Barthley 2 wickets for 14 runs and Kenroy ‘Bingo’ Fredericks 2 wickets for 12 runs. In reply All Stars made 72 for 5 with Clarence Francis like last year leaving his best for the finals made 33 runs but it was just not enough this time around. Jason Marshall was the pick of the bowlers for Old Road with 2 wickets for 11 runs.
The question after the male finals was can the ladies from south make it a double success for Old Road? Well after an hour later they proved they could. Guess Old Road architect knew what he or she was doing because he or she not only designed a plan for one championship victory but two as Old Road was just double trouble on Sunday capturing both male and female championship. It was stunning performance from the female as they dominated with both the ball and the bat. They restricted Bryson’s Shipping & Insurance Bullets to 48 for 7 from their allotted 10 overs and then went on to cruise to victory with a marvelous half century opening partnership of 51 runs. Daphne Morris 17 and Robinette Burton 24 showed their class and talent as they batted brilliantly.
Old Road female team knew that two were better than one as their followed up the fine performance by the CFCCU Old Road male team with a win over Bryson’s Bullets. What a way to start off the year for this club. A double! Who would have predicted this from the start of the season? My guess is only the fans of Old Road. Old Road decided to take two for the road as they came to town empty handed but returned south with not one but two championships under their belt. Well done champs.