Mahico Edge Freetown in One-Run Thriller to Secure Spot in Finals

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Ian Tittle stroked 17 not out and took two wickets for six runs
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By Samuel Peters

It is not over until the fat lady sings is a common term you might hear when a cricket match becomes tense – and tense it was on Saturday afternoon, when Mahico Cricket Club defeated Freetown Community Sports Club by one run in Clare Hall.

Batting first, Mahico Cricket Club lost wickets steadily as Hughan Tonge made early inroads into the batting line-up.

Then the introduction of Austin Richards Jr and Jarel Phillip, who picked up three for 12 and three for 25 respectively, kept them subdued for the majority of their innings.

Mahico was bowled out for 108 in 26.2 overs as Ian Tittle top scored with an unbeaten 17, Samuel Peters 15 and Stephen Fane 12.

With a 109 target set, Freetown was set back early as Cleve Cornelius removed Shamar Pereira in the first over with the score at one.

Peters then removed Derrick Gardner the next over to leave them reeling at two for six.

Richards (25) came to the crease and hit a few lusty blows but didn’t last too long as Peters removed him via the lbw route with the score at 47 for four.

At the score of 54, the fifth wicket fell bringing Antwone Willock (25) to the crease to meet Keif Baltimore (32*) as they put on 51 for the sixth wicket.

But then Captain Ian Tittle brought himself into the attack to bowl off spin and immediately tied up the run flow.

Willock was caught behind with the score at 105 for six off Xaveek Toppin, as Freetown needed just four runs to win with three wickets in hand and eight overs to spare.

Kelvin Myers was run out for a duck by J’quan Athanaze attempting a quick single which caused the oldest player in local cricket, Vance ‘Saminat’ Nathaniel, to walk out to bat.

The stalwart was able to survive a run out opportunity for Mahico but successfully ran two runs. With two runs needed, seven overs left and two wickets in hand, Ian Tittle removed Nathaniel for a duck leaving them at 107 for eight.

A youngster in the name of Demarie Smith strolled to the crease with his side needing just two runs to win. Anxiety gripped both teams as Freetown waited for two runs and Mahico waited for the final wicket.

He survived the first two balls but then was comprehensively bowled to leave Freetown supporters stunned and a joyous and exuberant Mahico team celebrating well after the match was over as they won by one wicket.

Javonte Joseph was injured during Mahico’s innings attempting a high catch, and left the field leaving Freetown with 10 men.

The other match between Masters and Seatons saw the former winning by 54 runs.

Masters posted 177 for three from their 26 overs as the in-form Kadeem Henry cracked an unbeaten 70 while the legendary Ian Gore had 57 not out.

In reply, Stingray City Seatons got to 123 for six from their allotment of overs. Brothers Tarik and Goldwin Prince were their best batters, getting 28 and 23 respectively, while Robert Browne had three for 24 and Pernel ‘Roxie’ Joseph picked up two for 10 runs.

Mahico will meet Masters next Saturday at Ball Beef in the finals.

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