By E. Glenford Prescott
It was named as Palm Sunday and the story of Joseph being put in a pit by his brothers can be found in the same book –the Bible.
On Sunday it was a man named Joseph –Dawnley Joseph — who took his opponents, Guardian General Saints, into the palm of his hands and helped The News Spartans batter them into the pit of defeat.
The scene was not in Jerusalem or any of the holy places named in those scared pages but at a place nicknamed “Mount Zion” by its herb-burning, conscious thinking young brigade of the 70s but known as the Sion Hill Playing Field.
And Joseph emblazoned on the hearts of many that he remains possibly the best batsman that this country has ever produced with a brilliant 123 to see his team to an innings and 51 run victory over Saints.
Spartans took the advantage from early after winning the toss and asking their opponents to bat on what was once again an uncertain pitch. It took them 31.3 overs to send back Guardian General Saints for 68 with Darnley Grant, the son of Joseph, taking 3 for 6, former West Indies pacer Nixon McLean 3 for 16 and the recently married Kissinger McLean 2-15.
The News Spartans, who had suffered humiliation against Victors 1 in their first match at the same venue, must have been experiencing a sense of uneasiness at their turn at the crease. But Joseph’s wisdom, talent and belief were too strong on the Lord’s day as he reportedly batted with consummate ease on a pitch that should have been serving up all manner of pestilence.
He swatted 4 fours and 5 sixes and, to prove his Job-like patience, added 42 singles to lead his team to 213 for 6.
Kidron Pope hit 25 and offspinner Glenroy Jacobs got 4 for 51 as they sought to get their names in the Book.
Sitting comfortably with a lead of 145, Spartans triumphantly left the arena, after eliminating their foes in 33 overs for 94 with Sunil Ambris getting 27. Grant, in a spell which must have left his father saying “this is my son in whom I am well pleased”, grabbed 5 for 31. Offspinner Teron Simon took 3 for 16 and Kissinger McClean, 2 for 30.
In another Premier Division match this time at Arnos Vale II, defending champions, Rivals on the back of a good allround performance by former Windwards seamer, Deighton Butler beat RSVG Police by 10 wickets.
Scores: RSVG Police 130 & 142; Rivals 257 & 18 for zero.
Batting first, Police who won the toss and were restricted to 130, with opener Salvan Browne getting 32. Butler, bowling seamers and left arm spin, took 5 for 34, while pacer Kimali Williams supported with 3 for 13.
Rivals, who were in deep trouble at 42 for 6 and the possibility of conceding first innings points, were pushed to their match-winning total by former SVG youth keeper, Hanson Latchman, who hit 65, Butler 54 and Roneil Jeffrey 47.
Latchman, who struck 12 fours and Butler 5 fours and 4 sixes, added 97 for the 8th wicket as what is said to be the now customary loose cricket by the lawmen saw their downfall.
Mohammed Lavia ended with 3 for 31 and Rolando Wright 3 for 62 — victims of a host of spilled chances.
With a deficit of 127, RSVG Police were bowled out for 142, with Salvan Browne 49 once again being the topscorer. The 16 runs set for victory were duly complied without lost of a wicket.