Ox N Dem champions by two runs
Hundreds of spectators witnessed a nerve-jangling climax to the third Oyee Brathwaite T20 Tournament where Ox N Dem emerged as the new kings after defeating defending champions of 2017 Skins XI by the narrow margin of two runs at Rices on Tuesday night.
Man Of The Match Kemar Smith delivered the decisive final over, which started with Skins XI requiring eight runs for victory and five wickets in hand.
After conceding two runs off the first ball, off-spinner Smith bowled Kyle Mayers and Ryan Nurse in successive deliveries and then assisted in the run-out of Devon Phillips as the situation became increasingly dire for skipper Ashley “Skins” Nurse, who was tasked with the responsibility of making six runs off the final two balls.
The West Indies limited overs specialist could only muster two runs off the fifth and a single from the final delivery as Skins finished 168 for eight, to spark tumultuous celebrations among the hometown favourites’ many fans.
Ox N Dem, who took first knock on winning the toss, lost the tournament’s leading runscorer Dwayne Smith in the second over, soon to be followed back to the pavilion by opening partner Shayne Moseley.
Smith’s younger brother Kemar (39) and Renaldo Brathwaite (50) partially repaired the damage in adding 69 for the third wicket, while Brathwaite and veteran Ox N Dem captain Floyd Reifer (24) completed the recovery effort with a 52-run fourth-wicket stand.
Jonathan Carter’s four wickets for 17 runs included the scalps of Smith, Brathwaite and Reifer and helped to peg back the rate of scoring.
“Skins” too lost an early wicket, Armani Best caught off leading wicket-taker Raymond Bynoe (2-23), but Shamarh Brooks and Martin Nurse snatched the initiative while compiling 66 in 7.1 overs.
Brooks played a number of delightful shots in racing to 83 from 48 balls with five fours and seven sixes but his dismissal to a superb yorker-length delivery from pacer Kemar Harding with 15 runs required from nine balls, breathed new life into Ox N Dem.
The crowd was treated to the unusual spectacle of a 15-ball over by Dwayne Smith from which 35 runs were taken, most off the bat of the stylish West Indies A team skipper Brooks. (WH)
Ox N Dem 170-7 in 20 overs (Renaldo Brathwaite 50 (49 balls, 2 fours, 3 sixes), Kemar Smith 39, Floyd Reifer 24, Shayne Moseley 11; Jonathan Carter 4-17).
Skins XI 168-8 in 20 overs (Shamarh Brooks 83 (48 balls, 5 fours, 7 sixes), M. Nurse 28, J. Carter 16, A. Nurse 12 n. o., A. Holder 12; K. Smith 2-12, R. Bynoe 2-23). Ox N Dem won by two runs.