Following on from the success of the Afro-Caribbean festival at the county ground in Northampton, on September 3rd Catford & Cyphers Cricket Club hosted The Caribbean Cup Final involving the top two teams from the tournament competing to win the trophy.
London Combined won the toss, with captain Maverick Perry Opting to bat first with the intention of putting on a big score. Romando Browne & Kevin Ramsey opening the batting together slowly eating away at the overs, putting on a partnership of 103 after 22 overs before the 1st wicket fell and Romando Browne exits.
After the partnership was broken Kevin Ramsey put on a partnership of 66 with Davidson before meeting his ends at the crease on a team final team score of 169 after 32 overs.
London combined found difficulty maintaining partnerships throughout the remaining 8 overs and collapsed after ACE managed to get one of their key batters Enrique Drew, known for his massive hits across the Division 10 Kent League for10 runs. There, the team was unable to get their rhythm and finished their innings on 206 /9 runs after 40 Overs.
After the innings break ACE captain Shamar Anderson sends Ajmal Allahdad and Ahsan Salim to open the batting facing Bowlers Tevin Sterling & Phillip Weight for London Combined. It wasn’t long before the partnership ended within the first over with the departure of Allahdad being caught at Mid Off by Chris Thompson. Leaving ACE 03/1 after the first over.
It took The ACE programme some time before they could find their footing much like London Combined after the 2nd Wicket was taken. Within the first 10 overs The ACE program found themselves 69/3 after 9.4 overs. All changed when The ACE programme found themselves 159/6 off 27.2 overs with Captain Shamar Anderson taking to the crease and remaining there to the end with Troy Henry winning them the match putting on a 50-run partnership. The ACE programme reached the winning total of 206 within 38 overs to cap off an exciting tournament.
The ACE Programme players were awarded their medals and performance trophies after the match by Tournament Chair Darcey & Co-Chair Windell Morlese and crowned Champions of the Caribbean Cup.
The day finished with an evening of festivity in which all staff, players and spectators saw an end to the tournament with smiles, musical dance numbers and singing to conclude the end of the 2023 Caribbean cup tournament.
Kent Cricket will continue to show its support in preparation for the 2024 season. To know more about the Caribbean cup please send all enquiries to Asher.email@example.com
By Asher Roberts, Kent Cricket 4 London Development Officer