Rawlins pulls off the Impossible

Section of crowd at Hard times tape ball matches on Sunday
Section of crowd at Hard times tape ball matches on Sunday


Sports Page — It was all over by the shouting. It was not only one fat lady in the huge crowd on hand but several of them. The Rawlins’ team was staring down the proverbial barrel of a gun, with over 30 runs required and just one wicket to fall.

But guess what? They pulled off the impossible!

Aided by a spate of wides……some 51 in total, the two last men at the crease managed to overhaul the total, much to the anguish of the Morris Bailey/JAHBASS select team.

This as the tape ball Cricket action continued at the Hard times playing field on Sunday 26th October.

The series of matches are being played as part of the ongoing efforts of Community Laison officer, Michael WISE Herbert, in reviving and fostering true community spirit.

There was a bumper crowd on hand to witness the two matches.

The match of the day was the Rawlins team versus the Morris Bailey/JAHBASS team which was a well established team of players from around the island, carefully selected by the two bus drivers.

The select team won the toss and batted first and was in early trouble but a breezy knock by Akito Willet, served to put some semblance of respectability to the total.

They eventually got to a challenging 134 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.

The Rawlins team started briskly with a first ball maximum from the aggressive Carlon Smithen but when he was bowled with the very next delivery, the Rawlins’ team’s hopes seemed to be dashed.

Wickets continued to fall steadily and the home team’s support faded as they anticipated the inevitable.

However, with an abundance of wides and the two last men running hard for everything and being cheered on by the crowd, they manged to overhaul the victory target with just two balls in the final over remaining!

In the first match, the over forty team humbled their under forty counterparts.

The over forty team scored 123 in 12 overs and bowled out the under forty team for a miserable 59 runs.

The man of the match for the over forties team was Jaston Liburd with a five wicket haul and for the under forty team, the main hero was Reso Griffin.

The men of the match in the feature match were: Akito Willet for the Select team and Jacell Allen for the Rawlins team. He also got a special award for hitting the most sixes in the match.

Some of the awards up for grabs in the two matches included lunches complements Mem’s Pizzeria; monetary awards complements Greg Hartman and Tamarind Cove; monetary awards complements the Poor man’s bar and incentives from Garfield and FIREMAN..

The action continues this coming Sunday at the same venue with the commencement of a Gingerland tape ball league sponsored by Greg Hartman and Tamarind Cove.

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