Published 16 October 2020
Buckie Got It, St. Kitts and Nevis News Source
Tabernacle one game away from Number Seven Domino League 2020 championship
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, October 16, 2020 (MMS-SKN) — Tabernacle Domino Club Thursday evening October 15 signalled that they have what it takes to be champions when they floored former champions Unity Domino Club 13-9 after a hotly contested first clash in a best of three encounters in the finals of the 25th edition of Constituency Number Seven Dr the Hon Timothy Harris Domino League.
The game which was played at the Lodge Community Centre in Lodge Project saw Tabernacle players take seats first. It started at 7:25 pm with Unity scoring early points, but it was Tabernacle who on table two saw Captain Jason ‘Spoon’ Nisbett and Ryan St. Marie win the first game 101-70.
Simeon ‘Cuban’ Liburd and Davin Henry of Unity on table one took the second game 106-80. In a seesaw Tabernacle won the third game from table two and Unity through Antonio ‘Marsh’ Phillip and Everton Boon won game four from table two to tie the games at 2-2
Tabernacle made a break and in the fifth game their Captain Jason ‘Spoon’ Nisbett and player Ryan St. Marie on table two raced to 104 points before unity players could earn a single point, and on table one Sean Maryat and Kerone Roache earned 102 points against none by Unity, and Captain Nisbett on table two won another game by 105-50 to bring the total score at 7-2 in their favour at break time.
After the break Tabernacle won two games almost simultaneously from the two tables to take their score to nine games, after which Unity brought in Captain Desmond ‘Fergie’ Rawlins on table two where he played alongside Everton Boon which saw the team score four straight games, two from each of their tables. This brought the score to 9-6 in favour of Tabernacle.
After those four straight loses, Tabernacle changed their game strategy which quickly earned them a game from table two, while they brought in Lionel Nisbett Jr. on table one where he played alongside Sean Maryat and it paid instant dividends as they won two straight games taking the score to 12-6 in their favour.
Unity’s Captain ‘Fergie’ Rawlins sensing defeat upped their game on table two winning one game 102-56, and the next 119-0 for a total of three games, but before they could finish the next game, at 10:58 pm Tabernacle’s Captain ‘Spoon’ Nisbett and player Ryan St. Marie who had moved to table one clinched the winner having amassed 101 points against Unity’s 36 points for the overall 13-9 win.
The win was quite an achievement for a team which had withdrawn from the league on August 2, 2018 still in the first round of the competition after it lost a number of their players who were poached by other teams, and stayed out of the competition for the entire 2019 season.
The game was refereed by Octavia ‘Tackie’ Huggins and David Brandy on table one, and Joy Rogers and Roger Crawford on table two, while Hope Bradley was the scorer.
The two teams will now meet on Sunday October 18 at the same venue at 4:00 pm and should Tabernacle triumph, they will be crowned champions for the first time which will be an honour to their fellow villager and sponsor of the league, Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris.
Should Unity however turn the tables on them and win in their second encounter, it will trigger a third game which will act as a tie-breaker, and according to League Coordinator Calvin Farrell, if that happens, the game will be held on Tuesday October 20 at the same venue starting at 7:00 pm.
In the meantime, the two teams vying for the Best of the Rest competition championship, Small Corner Bar Domino Club and Sylvers Domino Club will meet on Monday October 19 at the Lodge Community Centre starting at 7:00 pm for the second encounter of their final clash.
Small Corner Bar had emerged the winners in their first encounter and should they win they will be crowned Constituency Number Seven Domino League’s Best of the Rest 2020 champions. However should Sylvers win, it will trigger a tie-breaker ‘Super 100’ game to be played immediately.