Southern Sparks gets by Eastern Flames in Sandals U19 Competition

Monday, July 16, 2018

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The Southern Sparks defeated Eastern Flames by four wickets on Saturday to advance to the final of the Sandals Under-19 Cricket Competition against Western Heat, at Melbourne Cricket Club.

The fifth-round match was a do or die for both teams if they were going to make it to the final against Western Heat, who had already booked their place by virtue of winning their first three matches.

Both teams came into the match with two wins and two losses.

Eastern Flames won the toss and decided to bat making 190 for seven in their 50 overs on the back of Sanjay Walker with 51, Adrian Weir with 30, and Norris Tenn with 29 — the main contributors to the total. The top wicket-takers were Andre Blake and Rushane Allen, who bagged two wickets each. This was considered a reasonable score for the Flames, who are made up of the island's Under-17 players.

The Sparks in reply started briskly while overhauling the score to make 191 for six in 35.2 overs. Top scorer Ricardo McIntosh was well on his way to the second century of the competition on 94 when he was clean bowled by Delano Collins, who got his only wicket of the match.

McIntosh got some support from Zavier Burton with 26 and Javardi Francis with 23. The main wicket-taker was Jordan Johnson, who took two for 50 in 10 overs.

Barry Barnes, coach of the Southern Sparks, was pleased with the win. He said that he was looking forward to the final next week and getting the better of Western Heat. He also said that it will be a repeat of last year's final. He will now get his team together in the upcoming week to fine-tune its preparation for the final.

Western Heat on the other hand lost their first match in this year's competition. They played The Northern Lights who had lost all three previous matches. The Lights won by three wickets after Kirk McKenzie made an impressive 75. The teams played at Port Rhoades Cricket Ground in St Ann. They have one more match to complete their fixture but it will be of academic importance only.

The final is scheduled for Jarrett Park in Montego Bay next Saturday, starting at 10:00 am.

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