Defending champions, Excellence of Double Head Cabbage, upset Brilliant Cricket Club of Crooked Tree 84-79 in the first match of the 2013 SMART Harrison Parks National Cricket Finals in Crooked Tree on Saturday, July 6.
The Crooked Tree eleven batted first, with Arturo Wade opening with four runs before he was run out.
Marlon “Camala” Nicholas dismissed his partner for two runs. The wicket keeper, Shane “Bump” Westby, entered to hit three boundaries for 18 runs before Sydney Martinez bowled him out.
Marlon Nicholas dismissed the next batsman for zero runs while Landis “Ciego” Wade managed only six runs before he was caught on a ball from Excellence captain Ian Broaster. Hart Tillett hit eight runs before he two was caught on a ball from Orson “Big Dawg” Flowers.
Jermaine Smith hit five boundaries to lead his side scoring 24 runs before he was caught on a ball from Ian Broaster, who also dismissed the next batsman for zero runs. Brilliant’s captain Lawrence Banner managed only five runs before he was caught on a ball from Nicholas and Sydney Martinez dismissed the next batsman for zero runs. Brandon Lewis, the last man standing, had yet to score a run when the last wicket fell. Brilliant had scored a miserly 79 runs.
When the visitors came up to bat, Sylbert Martinez started with nine runs before Landis Wade bowled him out and Orson “Big Dawg” Flowers managed eight runs before he was caught on ball from Lawrence Banner. Keenan Flowers entered and batted 11 runs not out, while Brandon Lewis dismissed the next two batsmen for zero runs. Enter the man of the match, Kenny Broaster. He walloped five sixes and five more boundaries for 47 runs, remaining not out as Excellence eclipsed the Brilliant score: 84-79, with six wickets to spare.
It’s a best-of-three games series, but Excellence hopes to finish it in two when they host Brilliant for the rematch in Double Head Cabbage on Saturday, July 13.