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Westbury Captures Busta Lawrence Title

By Orin Davidson
Westbury climbed back atop the pinnacle of the Metropolitan League's ladder of success by recapturing the premier title at stake, - the Buster Lawrence Division 1 Cup last weekend.

They outplayed arch rivals Villagers by three wickets in an exciting final at Floyd Bennett Field.

Junior Murray

C. Lopez

After reigning as champions for five straight years upto 2005, West Burry was brought down to earth last year when they lost for the first time since 2001.

But they rolled the good times back with a solid team performance to triumph in a low scoring affair despite fighting performances from Villagers' former West Indies wicket/keeper batsman Junior Murray and Kirk Higgins.

Murray hit an outstanding 51 not out and with Higgins' help carried Villagers to their eventual challenging 163 runs total in 37 overs.

But in the end West Burry sneaked home by hitting 164-7 in 31 overs.

Pablo Bennett batted brilliantly, cracking a top score of 51 in highlighting the runs chase. Pablo Solomon added a valuable 38 that helped take the game away from Villagers.

Nicolas Sandiford captured three wickets and Higgins chipped in with two, after the latter scored 31 runs in a face saving ninth wicket stand when Villagers batted.

Taking the crease at Number 10, Higgins linked with Murray and built a fine ninth wicket partnership of 65 runs that saved Villagers from embarrassment, after they were tottering at 72-8 at one stage.

Odelmo Peters was the only other batsman to offer resistance, scoring a useful 22 as Villagers wilted under an attack spearheaded by C.Lopez who bagged four wickets.

C. Gayle - not the West Indies batsman, came good with two wickets as was L. Cuff while New York medium pacer Barrington Bartley claimed one.

West Burry defeated Progressive to advance to the final while Villagers stopped Cosmos.

West Burry will be going for the double today (September 22) when they take on Cosmos for the Colored Clothes crown in the final.

Meanwhile Liberty bagged the Division Two title by outplaying Spice Island also at Floyd Bennett Field.

Liberty batted first and scored 197 and then bowled out Spice Island for 173.
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