No spectators for SDC T20 final on Sunday

November 26, 2021
Terrence Richards
Terrence Richards

No fans will be allowed into the Port Rhoades Sports Club in Discovery Bay, St Ann, for Sunday's big showdown between Race Course of Clarendon and Fairfield of Manchester in the Social Development Commission (SDC) National Community T20 final.

Terrence Richards, senior programme coordinator at the SDC, says the short planning time would not allow the entity to use the portal to apply for permission for the admission of spectators.

That same portal was used to apply for spectators to attend the recent Reggae Boyz versus United States match at the National Stadium.

Any sporting body or organisation has a specific time frame to apply to the Government and the Ministry of Health for permission to have any gathering over a specific number.

Even without fans, Richards says an exciting day of cricket action will be on show.

"We will have exciting matches for all finals because we will have finals for the females as well as the masters ahead of the T20 final on Sunday," he said.

In the meantime, captain of Race Course, Krishmar Santokie, says he will be hoping to take home their third SDC title and make the parish of Clarendon proud.

"This final is important for us because as you know in national cricket, Clarendon has not played to their true potential. We have very good players, but somehow when we reach the big stage we never capitalise in senior cricket, but in SDC we won this title twice and we are going for the hat-trick," said Santokie.

The player/manager of Fairfield United, Brian Clarke, says they won't let the big occasion get to them despite playing in their first SDC final.

"The entire Fairfield community is behind us and we are going to try and play our best cricket on the day. We are looking for a good game and we would love to come out on top," said Clarke.

The T20 final will be preceded by the T10 female final between St Mary Women and Westmoreland Women after which the T10 Masters final will see South East Masters from St Elizabeth locking horns with Ultimate Masters of St Ann.

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