St Kitts lifts Luther Kelly cup

POSTED: 11/22/11 7:07 AM

GREAT BAY- After scoring a total of 109 runs and capturing three wickets and two catches, Junior Mitchum, the Captain of the St Kitts team emerged as the MVP when his team defeated Nevis by 31 runs yesterday.
Four teams participated in the second annual T/20 event which started on Saturday. But after winning their opening matches, the defending champions Nevis and St Kitts faced off in the decider.
St Kitts, winning the toss and batting first in a game that was reduced to 15 overs were able to reach 133 for 9.
The loss of two early wickets placed the Kittitians in a precarious position. Luther Kelly, the man the tournament was named after was unable to make an impression and was caught by D Sergant from the bowling of W Wallace on 01 and shortly after, Jason Saddler was also caught by Sergant off the bowling of F Monzac for no score.
With two wickets down, the Kittitians needed to consolidate and it was Codville Rogers along with his captain, Mitchum that spearheaded the recovery effort.
After 5 overs, St Kitts were on 38 for 2 and after 9, they had reached 88 for 2 and from the way they were batting, it appeared that they would get in the vicinity of 140.
The 50 for St Kitts was up in the progress of the 6th over and a good partnership was in the making. But with the score on 93, Nevis got a well deserved breakthrough with the wicket of Rogers who was run out by Sergant on 43, which came from 27 balls, in 37 minutes with 2 fours and 3 sixes.
Mitchum was able to get to his half century which came from 30 balls, but shortly after that achievement, Stanley the new batsman was too slow on his feet and was run out by D Parry for 8 with the score on 113, in the 12th over.
It was a clinical effort for the Nevicians after that, A Hendricks was run out by parry on 7 and S Rawlins was caught by Liburd off the bowling from Wallace on 8 to bring an end to the St Kitts inning.
Chasing 134 to win, Nevis Liburd and Mills opened the batting and with score on 9, they lost their first wicket when Mills, playing a bad shot selection was caught by Farrell off the bowling from Mitchum on 03.
With Liburd and Carl Tucket out in the middle, 50 up in 5.4 over and a good partnership is in the making. But Liburd who was getting most of the strike was bowled by Saddler on 42 after facing 26 balls in 36 minutes with 4 fours and 2 sixes.
After 9.4 overs, had lost their 4th wicket, Tucket who was settling down properly was brilliantly caught by Mitchum off the bowling from Saddler on 15.
With lights quickly fading, St Kitts were eager to wrap it up and Nevis needing to score 58 from 30 to win. The batsmen out in the middle, Andre Liburd and Sergant and St Kitts strikes again with the wicket of Liburd, caught by Warren Joseph the keeper from the bowling of Farrell for 06.
The overs were drying up for Nevis, they needed to score 55 from 26 to win and the Kittitians were showing commitment in the field, they were playing like a team that wanted to win the coveted title.
Nevis needed to score 47 from the last three overs and that meant that they had to get boundaries, it was impossible to win the game with singles.
A LBW decision by Umpire Morton saw Sergant heading back to the pavilion from the bowling of Farrell and the pressure was on with 6 wickets down.
Leader, took a low catch to dismiss Ramsay off the bowling of Farrell with the score on 90 in the progress of the 13th over and the Kittitians were certainly tightening up the screws.
But they were still a long way from victory needing to score 36 from 12 to win in the 14th over and the position became dire for the defending champions when Parry, playing an irresponsible stroke was stumped by the keeper from the bowling of Mitchum on 03, with the score on 102.
In the last over, Nevis who had already lost 8 wickets needed 32 to win with Monzac and Wallace out in the middle. But with Farrell, who had already picked up 3 wickets operating from the commentary end, it was just a matter of time, Nevis were unable to pick up boundaries and the Kittitians went onto win the decider in a convincing manner.
St Maarten secured the third place spot with a better run rate, the MVP award went to Mitchum with 109 runs, 3 wickets and 2 catches, W Wallace had the most wickets (5) and M Liburd had the most runs (170).

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