BELIZE CITY, Mon. Sept. 7, 2015–With the kind sponsorships of SMART and BELIKIN, the Harrison Parks Cricket Competition, under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, came to a beautiful ending on Saturday in Bermudian Landing, when Easy Does It from the ever so beautiful village of Lemonal captured the 1st place by defeating Wicked 11 from Flowers Bank handily, with a score of 126 to 122 with two spare wickets, in front of a massive crowd.
The game should have started at 10:30 a.m., but because of a slight rain that came down, it was delayed a few hours. Well, the umpires, Dirk Sutherland and Emmanuel McFadzean, who did a splendid job, said time for game to start.
Wicked 11 took to bat first. Both teams will now play to their best. There should be no room for errors. First two batsmen went in to meet Herbert Banner and Kenroy Reynolds. The first wicket fell for 17. And it went on this way: 2 for 24; 3 for 28; 4 for 29; 5 for 99; 6 for 104; 7 for 116; 8 for 117; 9 for 117; all for 122. Herbert Banner was the man that did the damage by taking 4 wickets for 17 runs scored against him. Winston “Bass Hag” Flowers scored 55 runs for his team, Wicked 11.
All around you could see fans talking to individual players from each team. No sad faces were seen, as both teams believe they have a win. After lunch break of rice and beans with fish or game meat, even chicken, tamales, pudding, be they bread or potato, somebody had some. Food was all over the Landing grounds.
Wicked 11 took the field. All eyes and ears of spectators were glued to the playing area. Ball started to roll, and wickets started falling in this order: 1 for 2; 2 for 4; 3 for 23; 4 for 40; 5 for 51; 6 for 58. The 7th batsman to go in was Herbert Banner. With his strong left hand batting, he started to put a beating on the bowling of Wicked 11. When the 7th wicket fell, the score was at 65; then 118 for the 8th wicket. The next two men surpassed the score Wicked 11 had put up.
Teammates, families and friends rushed on to the field to congratulate the 2015 Cricket Champion, EASY DOES IT, two time championship winner. Herbert Banner top scored with 57; while Walter Flowers and Ted Robinson took 3 wickets each. Herbert Banner is definitely the man of that match, such qualities he displayed. My personal congratulations to you, sir! You played very excellent.
I must say a big Thank You to both teams for a game well played, with respect and discipline towards your opponent. Easy Does It, you have played an excellent season against some odds. With the strong coaching of Mr. Michael Muslar and your determination, you have successfully captured the title for the second year. You all have done it with much support from your families and friends. May God bless you all.
For Wicked 11 team, second year you have been denied going to the end by Easy Does It. You all have played well also. You all tried your best. But in any game played between two or more teams, there could only be one winner. I imagine how you all feel, but I say, better luck next year. You too have made your friends and families proud.
Thanks again to the reading public out there. I will continue to write on the sport as it comes available. Sunrise is to host some friendly games shortly. You will be informed. I must mention that after the game, Mr. John Gillett, Sr. of the beautiful village of Crooked Tree handed prizes to the first place and second place winners. They knew what they got. Also, Mr. Carl “King Rancho” Smith, a son of the soil of the Cream of all other Villages, Rancho Dolores, also handed a prize to the Easy Does It captain. To you two gentlemen, thanks for your good gestures. A big THANKS TO ALL.