POSTED: 11/9/12 12:27 PM

St. Maarten – Raken Cornwall had the best bowling figures of 3 for 19 for Antigua And Barbuda when they pulled of a 26 run win over St Kitts to lift the coveted title in the Leeward Islands T/20, tournament which concluded yesterday.

It was a long awaited encounter for the two teams after rain ruled out all possibilities when it was originally set to take place a few weeks ago right here. Winning the toss and batting first, Antigua and Barbuda were 164 for 6, from the allotted overs.

It was a rough start for the eventual champions after losing the early wicket of Austin Richards Jr, who was bowled by Sheno Berridge on 03, in the very first over and then with the score on 14, Cornwall was run out by Elvin Berridge, on 01.

After 5 completed overs, Antigua and Barbuda were 35 for 1 and then the middle order stepped on the gas to push the score to 116 before the fall of wicket number 3, when Jurian Edwards was bowled by Elsroy Powell on 07.

With no changes to the score, Orlando Peters was brilliantly caught by Jaques Taylor off the bowling from Powell for no score and Devon Thomas was caught by Powell off the bowling from J Taylor for no score.

A 47 run partnership between Sylvester Joseph and Hyden Walsh brought some respectability to the score. But Joseph, who had already scored a half century was run out by D Liddie, the keeper  with the last ball of the inning on 57 after batting for 75 minutes and facing 48 balls with 1 four and 5 sixes. Walsh was the not out batsman on 24.

Chasing 165 to win with a required run rate at 8.2 per over, St Kitts were off to a brilliant start and then crumbled on 133 for 7. For the first 10 overs, everything seemed to be under control, the shot selection was good and bad balls was punished.

The first break for St Kitts came in the progress of the 10th over with the score on 63 when Terrance Ward was caught by J Edwards off the bowling from R Cornwall on 30. Then with the score on 68, Mills was bowled by L Joseph on 27.

It was evident at that stage in the game that Antigua and Barbuda were intent on pegging the run flow. Steve Liburd was next to go, caught by Gavin Tonge off the bowling from L Joseph on 02 and that dismissal spelled deep trouble for the Kittitians who had more runs to score than balls available.

But the Antigua and Barbuda bowlers had little or no difficulty removing the rest of the batting line up. Shane Jeffers was caught by Cornwall, off the bowling from Tonge on 14 and the score on 93. J Taylor was caught by Walsh, off the bowling from Cornwall on 13 and score on 109, N Mc Call was bowled by Cornwall for no score, with score on 110 and the last wicket to fall was that of Liddie, caught by Cornwall, off the bowling from Tonge on 01. The not out batsman was Berridge on 02.

Bowling for St Kitts, Berridge had 1 for 18 and J taylor had 1 for 16. For Antigua and Barbuda, Cornwall had 3 for 19 from 4, Joseph had 2 for 25 from 4 and Tonge had 2 for 37 from 4.

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