Montserrat defeats BVI but not enough to move on

POSTED: 10/5/11 12:38 PM

St. Maarten – Montserrat defeated the British Virgin Islands by 40 runs on Tuesday at the Warner Park in St. Kitts in the NAGICO/Leeward Islands One Day Cricket tournament. It was the final game for Montserrat which lost to Nevis on Monday and last week to Antigua and Barbuda. They’ve now been knocked out of the tournament.

Montserrat, sent in to bat after losing the toss, scored 271 for 5 off 50 overs. Jaison Peters scored 71 runs from 87 balls hitting seven 4s; Roscoe St. Clair scored 56 runs from 81 balls hitting seven 4s and two sixes. McPherson Meade scored 51 not out and Lionel Baker 50 not out. Bowling for the BVI Brent De Fraites took two wickets for 15 and Maxford Pipe 2 for 3.
In reply the BVI scored 231 all out off 46.1 overs. Richard Fredericks scored a commendable 81 from 100 balls notching six 4s. Dennisford Browne added 22, Montgomery Butler scored 21 and Brent De Fraites also added 20 runs. Bowling for Montserrat Deno Baker grabbed four wickets for 50 runs and Tevin Osborne three for 53 runs. BVI having lost their two matches so far are already out of the tournament. They will play their last match against Nevis on Thursday at the Elquemedo Willet Park in Nevis.
BVI coach Charlie Jackson, while disappointed in the loss, felt his team stuck to the game plan. He believed it went wrong when Brent De Freitas went out with shoulder injury.
“We got a couple of soft catches…so there is room for improvement there,” he said.
“Overall (it’s a) much improved performance than the Antigua game and certainly one of the best attempt at the run chase than I have seen in recent times,” Jackson said.
He is looking forward to a good game against Nevis before heading home Thursday.
Coach Sylvester Greenaway of Montserrat said the tournament was a bad one for his team. He nevertheless commended Deno Baker and Jason Peters for exceptional batting performances and ending the tournament on a high note with a win.

St. Kitts win Group B
Meanwhile, team St. Kitts top Zone B which comprised Anguilla and St. Maarten. All three teams had a win each but St. Kitts, with a net run rate of 0.086, eventually topped the group followed by 2010 beaten finalists Anguilla with a net run rate of 0.064. St. Maarten finished with a net run 0.028.
The tournament continues Wednesday at the Elquemedo Willet Park in Nevis. The home team will take on defending champions Antigua and Barbuda. On Thursday Nevis will play BVI to round out the preliminary round also in Nevis before the first semi-final on Friday between St. Kitts and the runner up in Zone A (either Antigua and Barbuda or Nevis). On Saturday Anguilla will play the winner of Zone A and the finals will be Sunday at the Warner Park.

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