A great day for Knight
A SUPERLATIVE?all-round performance from Kareem Knight lifted Psychiatric Hospital into the final of the Sagicor General Shield knockout cricket competition yesterday.
Knight, who bowls right-handed and bats left-handed, took six wickets for 24 runs in eight overs with his leg spin and returned to hit a match-winning unbeaten 46 off 33 balls as Psychiatric Hospital edged Old Brigand Dover by two wickets with four overs to spare in their semi-final at Friendship.
Down and seemingly out at 71 for seven, chasing Dover’s relatively modest total of 155 in 35.4 overs, Psychiatric Hospital fought back gallantly to reach 159 for eight off 36 overs and set up a showdown with the Barbados Fire Service in next Sunday’s championship match at Kensington Oval.
Knight featured in an important eighth-wicket stand of 66 in 10.1 overs with veteran Gregory Gaskin, who made 40 off 62 balls and added a further 22 with tailender David Leacock for the ninth-wicket to seal a thrilling victory for Psychiatric Hospital.
Knight’s knock was adorned with six fours and a six while Gaskin counted four boundaries.
Earlier, captain Vibert Greene, the former Barbados seamer, top-scored for Dover with a knock of 59, studded with six fours and two sixes off 76 balls before he was last out, well caught by Jamar Willoughby.
Sent in, Dover lost Kemar Harte and Shamar Taylor, both stumped by Gaskin off the medium pace of Akeem Caddle for nine and 28 respectively but were still in a reasonably good position on 86 for three in 21 overs when the experienced Wilbur Bruce became Knight’s first victim, bowled off the inside edge for 21.
Knight triggered a dramatic middle and lower order slide as Akheel Crookendale was also stumped by Gaskin. Peter Clarke and Steven Blackett contributed four each while Powlett went without scoring and Kirton made just one.
In reply, Psychiatric Hospital lost their skipper Roger Burrowes to Greene for 12 while Jamar Willoughby was out in the bowler’s next over without scoring, both batsmen caught by Crookendale.
The evergreen spin pair of Malcolm Powlett (3-36) and Litchfield Kirton, who conceded just 12 runs in his eight overs, then triggered a dramatic collapse.
Selvin Greenidge was Kirton’s only wicket, falling for 10 while Powlett removed Reco Headley (9), Akeem Caddle (0) and Dwayne Wilson (3).
Pacer Harte chipped in with the wicket of Alfred Alleyne for six but from a position of 71-7 in the 24th over with the Black Rock-based side still needing 85 more runs for victory, Gaskin and Knight carried the score to 137.
After Gaskin was eventually trapped leg before wicket by Harte for 40, Knight confidently guided Psychiatric Hospital home.
Summarized scores: Dover 155 in 35.4 overs (Vibert Greene 59, S. Taylor 28, W. Bruce 21; Kareem Knight 6-24, A. Caddle 2-28). Psychiatric Hospital 159-8 in 36 overs (K. Knight 46 n.o., G. Gaskin 40, D. Leacock 13 n.o.; R. Burrowes 12, S. Greenidge 10; M. Powlett 3-36, V. Greene 2-22, K. Harte 2-46). (EZS)