Former Canadian medium pacer Austin Codrington featured in a century third wicket partnership that inspired Jamaica to a convincing 46-run win over a Trinidad & Tobago select team in the fourth annual limited-overs match to mark the twin-island republic’s independence last Sunday in Scarborough.
T & T secured its independence from Britain on August 31, 1962.
Codrington, who celebrated his 40th birthday on August 22, and Neive McNally – who represented a Jamaica Select XI against the touring Australian cricketers at the Trelawny Stadium seven years ago – put on 105 for the third wicket to help their team post a challenging total of 185-7 off of their allotted 20 overs.
Still active in the Toronto and Etobicoke Leagues, Codrington slammed 61 with three sixes and five boundaries while McNally contributed 46.
T & T was dismissed for 139 in the 19th over.
“This win is sweet because we had to wait two years to get back on top after winning the first game,” said Codrington, who was awarded the Best Batsman Award for his game-high score. “I am still having fun and it’s good to win with a good group of guys.”
Codrington, who represented Canada in nine One-Day Internationals and four first-class matches from 2003-2007, led his adopted country to its first World Cup win in 2003 in South Africa with a five-wicket haul against Bangladesh.
Norton Whitley, who migrated to Canada six years ago, won the Man-of-the-Match award.
“I had to turn down opportunities to play in this festival match twice before, but I am glad I could come out today and help my team win,” said Whitley who plays for Malton in the Toronto & District Cricket Association league.
The winning Jamaica team won a $2,500 cash award.