Gift for is­lands

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - By WAYNE HOLDER

Celebrity ben­e­fit match raises US$100 000

HUN­DREDS OF CRICKET FANS en­joyed the spec­tac­u­lar, light-hearted bat­tle be­tween the Sagi­cor UWI Icons and the Prime Min­is­ter’s XI, but peo­ple of the is­lands rav­aged by Hur­ri­canes Irma and Maria were the main ben­e­fi­cia­ries when the Univer­sity of the West Indies Cave Hill Cam­pus put on the Sagi­cor Celebrity T20 Ben­e­fit match on Satur­day night at the 3Ws Oval.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s XI won by seven runs via the Duck­worth/lewis/stern method, but the high­light of the evening came af­ter the on-field con­test, when Don­ald Austin, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Sagi­cor Life East­ern Caribbean, pre­sented a cheque worth US$100 000 to UWI Vice Chan­cel­lor Sir Hi­lary Beck­les.

Sir Hi­lary had ear­lier ex­cited the au­di­ence with a breezy knock of 29 that in­cluded two sixes out of the Icons to­tal of 183 for five.

In re­ply, the Prime Min­is­ter’s XI were given an ex­plo­sive start by open­ers, for­mer West Indies play­ers Dwayne Smith and Omar Phillips, who posted 123 be­fore both re­tired on 50 and 84, re­spec­tively.

When rain in­ter­rupted play for the sec­ond and final time, the PM’S XI were 156 for one from 17.1 overs.

On a hat-trick

The match com­menced in dra­matic fash­ion as for­mer West Indies pacer, Ja­maican Franklyn Rose (2-10) cap­tured the first two wick­ets with the sec­ond and third de­liv­er­ies of the first over, to be on a hat-trick.

Sir Hi­lary teamed up with Dale Richards in the first of two handy part­ner­ships that pre­ceded an en­ter­tain­ing, un­bro­ken 90-run sixth-wicket stand be­tween UWI stu­dent Cameron Pen­nyfeather and Vas­bert Drakes.

Kit­ti­tian Pen­nyfeather, who made an un­beaten 58, and Drakes, with 40 not out, com­bined for six fours and eight sixes to boost the to­tal.

Phillips was the main ag­gres­sor as he and Smith set about chas­ing down the for­mi­da­ble tar­get in an ag­gres­sive open­ing stand.

In un­char­ac­ter­is­tic fash­ion, Smith adopted the sup­port role be­fore he was first to re­tire on reach­ing 50 off 36 balls.

Phillips soon for­feited his knock af­ter 51 balls, hav­ing struck six fours and six sixes.

THE MEN’S PHYSIQUE and the fig­ure con­tests at the Darcy Beck­les In­vi­ta­tional fol­lowed the usual script, with the dy­namic Hadley Hoyte and the el­e­gant Ra­mona Mor­gan hav­ing pride of place on Satur­day night at the Lloyd Ersk­ine San­di­ford Cen­tre.

Fig­ure con­tests over the past year have been a duel be­tween Mor­gan and the Thomp­son sis­ters, Lynette and Dionne, and this was no dif­fer­ent.

There were eight en­trants in this field, but these three, who got the judges nod, were fans’ favourites, along with An­tiguan Sher Rhonda Brath­waite.

As ex­pected, the first com­par­i­son in­volved these four, but it came down to Lynette Thomp­son’s curves and Mor­gan’s stel­lar con­di­tion, and in the end, the judges went for the lat­ter.

The ex­pe­ri­enced Mor­gan told NATIONSPORT that she never fo­cuses on the com­pe­ti­tion, but about mak­ing im­prove­ment.

“The whole aim is to im­prove all the time. My last show was the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships and I wanted to im­prove on that per­for­mance, and I think I did.

“I wasn’t think­ing of com­pe­ti­tion, I was more think­ing of Ra­mona, about be­ing a bet­ter Ra­mona, that is my phi­los­o­phy through­out, so it doesn’t mat­ter who comes, once Ra­mona is bet­ter than she was last time, I am good,” she said.

The men’s physique com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted the big­gest field, 21 en­trants, nine in the short class and 12 in the tall class.

The big sur­prise was that Jamil Jones and Deono James, both of whom com­peted with some suc­cess at the Ben Wei­der Legacy Cup in Canada, did not crack the top six in their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions. Jones, the de­fend­ing cham­pion, was in top shape and it is hard to un­der­stand why he was over­looked in the tall class.

Alex Ifill, 33, a first-year man­age­ment stu­dent at the

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