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Did The Bajan Batsmen Sink Jerome Taylor 6-1-50-0 Comeback Attempt?

What say you?
(Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.)
(Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more.)

Woah Woman, oh woman, don’t treat me so mean,
You’re the meanest old woman that I’ve ever seen.
I guess if you said so
I’d have to pack my things and go. (That’s right)

The foregoing lyrics were written by Ray Charles’ good friend Percy Mayfield, also an R&B singer.

Mayfield was badly disfigured at the early part of his performing career because of a car accident in which he was involved.  

Mayfield later decided to cut back on touring and made his mark as a prolific songwriter with many of his compositions performed by Charles.

This two minutes song was a big hit for Charles, charting at number 1 on the Billboard chart.

Now, the game of cricket is a major source of entertainment, attracting large crowds to sports venues as well as reaching a global audience through the broadcast media.

In this spectator sports, the center of attraction is the testing of skills between that of a batsman and bowler.

It is therefore not surprising to find opposing teams approaching the game in a combative mood that spells “war.”

The recently concluded Regional Super50 final between Jamaica Scorpions and Barbados Pride marked such an occasion – war!

Batting first, the Bajan batsmen set the Jamaica Scorpions a target of 271 to pass in order to take home the Cup as the winner.

The Barbados Pride challenging total did not come easily until the back-breaking overcame in the 44th when the Scorpions’ captain Miller turned to his most seasoned and experienced bowler Jerome Taylor to put the sting in and take out the opposition Bajan batters who were becoming too settled.   

However, that was not to be as the pair of Jason Holder and Shai Hope combined to put Scorpions’  bowler Jerome Everton Taylor’s bowling to the sword.

Taylor, the 32-year-old Jamaican pace bowler had gone into self-imposed cricket exile for a while and in his comeback bid, he performed fairly well in the Regional Super50 until the final against Barbados Pride.

It was Prides’ Captain Holder who began the onslaught against Taylor with a six off a full toss over midwicket. This was followed by a four behind point.

A single would later put rising star all-rounder Shai Hope on strike, and he drove a straight six before a chest-high no-ball off what should have been the final delivery of the over.

This brought back Holder to face the ace pace bowler, a thrilling move to the spectators,  all hell broke loose as Holder up the ante by hitting another six as Taylor galloped in to bowl.

When the massacre was all over Taylor had given up 25 runs in one over.

Needless to say, the die was cast at this stage of the game — Alea iacta est, (the die is cast) a phrase used by Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon with his legions, starting a civil war.

The Scorpions’ players and spectators were crestfallen, while the Bajans were singing, Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.

The Jamaica Scorpions in their turn at the wicket could only muster a mere 212 runs in their reply to the Pride’s mammoth total of 271.

After the dust was settled, Kieron Powell of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes was named the tournament’s top batsman while Ashley Nurse of the Barbados Pride was the top wicket-taker with 26 wickets.

Shai Hope of the Barbados Pride was voted top all-rounder and top wicketkeeper of the tournament. Jamaica Scorpions’ Rovman Powell was named the most outstanding fielder.

And the spectators were left questioning a Taylor comeback.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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