NHT, Jamaica National meet in Business House T20 cricket final

Saturday, August 25, 2018

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National Housing Trust (NHT) and Jamaica National (JN) Group will meet in the 2018 Business House T20 cricket final for the Triple A Sports and Technology Trophy tomorrow at National Water Commission (NWC) playing field, starting at 10:00 am.

Last Sunday the match was abandoned due to heavy afternoon rain which saturated the pitch, as there were no covers available.

The two umpires decided after 45 minutes that no further play was possible as a result of a wet pitch, and abandoned play. The organisers of the competition then advised both captains and managers that the match will be replayed this Sunday.

When play was abandoned, Jamaica National were 149 for three wickets off 18.5 overs.

This was the second time both teams faced each other, with NHT winning the first encounter.

In the first meeting in the preliminary round JN made 163 for four wickets off their 20 overs, with Delroy Morgan scoring 34, Richard Johnson, 31, and Bryan Latore, 30. NHT replied with 164 for two wickets off 19 overs, Johnathan Buchanan getting 42, and Latore Samally scoring 41 runs.

The competition was played using a single, round-robin format, with each team playing the other once in the preliminary rounds. NHT topped the preliminary rounds with six points, while there was a three-way tie between Jamaica National, Sagicor, and National Water Commission with four points each.

NHT qualified for the final by coming out on top in the preliminary rounds, while Jamaica National advanced to the final by virtue of having a higher run rate than both Sagicor and NWC.

Meanwhile, Sagicor Group defeated National water Commission (NWC) by 10 wickets in their third-place play-off at the same venue.

NWC batted first and made 129 runs for five wickets off their allotted 20 overs. Domain Wilson was the top scorer with 65.

Sagicor's openers were in devastating mood and they hit off the runs without losing a wicket, replying with 135 runs off 15 overs to win the match convincingly. Lorenzo James cracked a blistering 80 not out, while his batting partner Roshane Bird scored 46 not out.

Apart from the Triple A Sports and Technology Trophy, there will be awards for the batsman and bowler scoring the most runs and capturing the most wickets, respectively, throughout the competition.

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