Antigua and Barbuda picks up second victory

POSTED: 11/6/12 12:19 PM

St. Maarten – Duplicating the performance of their first win over St Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda went onto to pick up their second successive victory when they defeated St Kitts by 61 runs and 81 balls to spare in the Nagico/LICA 50 over competition yesterday at the Caribe Lumber Ballpark.

Batting first, Antigua and Barbuda were 196 all out off 44.3 overs with 21 fours and 3 sixes and after losing the early wicket of Mali Richards who was caught by D Liddie the keeper from the bowling by Shem Berridge for no score. Austin Richards Jr was instrumental in the spirited recovery.

But even that early wicket had little or no effect on the impetus of the Antiguans who literally stepped on the gas and the second breakthrough for St Kitts came in the 13th over with the score on 96 when Rakeem Cornwall was caught by Steve Liburd off the bowling from Terrence Ward on 56 from 44 balls.

When Sylvester Joseph, the captain joined Richards Jr out in the middle, he was expected to play a captain’s roll. At the end of the first water break, Antigua and Barbuda were in cruise control with the score on 105.

However, Joseph was unable to shift into high gear and was caught by Berridge off the bowling from Mc Call on 08. Richards Jr, was next to go by the LBW decision off the bowling from Mc Call on 53, and the score pushed to 128 in the 24th over and the incoming batsman, Devon Thomas was caught and bowled by Mc Call with the very next ball for no score.

There was a notable decrease in the run flow by Antigua and Barbuda after the dismissal of Richards Jr but considering that the game was at the half way point, getting over the 200 run mark was a possibility as the scoreboard ticked over slowly.

Hayden Walsh who batted for 31 minutes and faced 31 balls was also given the LBW decision off the bowling from J Taylor on 04 and the score on 157. After two additional runs Larry Joseph was bowled by Shane Jeffers on 01 and after that, two wickets fell for just 11 runs.

Peters was caught by Wark off the bowling from Jeffers on 38, Gavin Tonge was bowled by Jeffers on 16 and the not out batsman was Anthony Martin was the not out batsman on 04. Chasing 197 to win, St Kitts were all out on 135 after 36.3 overs and that spell included 15 fours and 3 sixes.

Antigua and Barbuda were able to peg any form of momentum as St Kitts attempted to overhaul the required target with three wickets falling for the first 16 runs. T Mills was first to go, caught by Peters off the bowling from Stephen Matthurin on 02 and the score on 15.Then Akeem Sanders was caught by Cornwall, from the bowling of L Joseph for no score and S Liburd was caught by Thomas off the bowling from Tonge also for no score with the score on 16.

A recovery was needed at that stage of the game for St Kitts, but Antigua and Barbuda were intent to restrict the run rate and was successful in doing so. With the score pushed to 43, S Jeffers who was doing a good job up to that point in his inning was caught by Cornwall, off the bowling from L Joseph on 31. All efforts by the middle and lower order to maximize their full potentials failed and the domino effect started after the dismissal of Elsroy Powell who was caught by S Matthew off the bowling from Cornwall on 27.

T Warde was caught by Walsh from the bowling of Cornwall on 12, T Taylor was caught by Tonge off the bowling from Cornwall on 25, Liddie was bowled by Cornwall on 06, C Williams was out LBW by Martin on 05 and Berridge was out LBW by Martin for no score. The not out batsman was Mc Call on 21. When the competition resumes today, St Maarten will face St Kitts in a crucial game and Anguilla will face Nevis in Anguilla.

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