It was a mixed bag for the Empire Sports Club, as the well-known body continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary. On Sunday 10th November, the club hosted a Cricket extravaganza at the ET Willet Park, as part of the celebratory activities.
Two matches were played.
In match one, the Empire Masters took on the Nevis Masters, in a much-anticipated clash of the oldsters. The Nevis Masters won the toss and elected to bat first and got to a challenging 90 for 3 in their allotted 15 overs. Sterling Marshall top-scored with 38 and Rakeesh got 35.
The Empire Masters lost a couple of early wickets in response, but Elijah Browne, Captain Joel Simmonds and Curtis “Tatics” Dore batted sensibly and helped the Empire team to cruise home to victory at 92 for 4 in the end.
Nevis Masters 90 for 3 from 15 overs:
Sterling Marshall 38; Rakeesh Subnarine 31; Elroy David 14*
Curtis Morton Sr; Gavin Wattley and Mervin Hendrickson picked up 1 wicket each and Gary Pemberton bowled his 3 overs for a mere 4 runs
Empire Masters: 92 for 4 in 12 overs:
Joel Simmonds 28*; Elijah Browne 25; Curtis Dore 17*
Elroy David, Brian Dowe; Rakeesh Subnarine and Merlin Liburd 1 wicket each
Empire Masters won by 6 wickets
Man of the match – Rakeesh Subnarine
In the second match, the Empire Junior team, engaged a Nevis Junior team, in another highly anticipated game.
The Nevis Juniors batted first and scored 151 for 4, led by a scintillating half century from the bat of Saeed Williams.
There was much excitement in the early exchanges of the Empire Juniors’ response, as a charged up Kian Pemberton, really worked up some serious pace, but an equally fired up Jelani Manners, responded in kind, fighting fire with fire. Jelani managed to hit him gloriously over long on for a huge six but Kian got a couple back, as he also had him ducking from a few snorters and even touched off his helmet at one time.
‘The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the exchanges. However, outside of Manners, nobody really got going and so, the Empire response wilted in comparison and they could only manage 95 for 9.
Nevis Juniors 151 for 4 in 20 overs:
Saeed Williams 52; Ross Powell 29; Trishawn Francis 28*
Vish Singh 2 for 19; Ryan Solomon and Jevon Manners 1 wicket each
Empire Juniors 95 for 9 in 20 overs:
Jelani Manners 42; Anand Bhim 13; Jacel Allen 10
Jaden Carmichael 5 for 17; Kian Pemberton and Trishawn Francis 1 wicket each
Nevis Juniors won by 56 runs
Man of the match – Jaden Carmichael