ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Scotiabank Empire crashed to a second straight loss on Wednesday, while General Insurance Pigotts Crushers cruised to a second consecutive victory in the Cool & Smooth sponsored Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) Twenty20 Tournament at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.
In a match reduced to 11 overs due to rain, Empire lost by 40 runs to the undefeated Caribbean Union Bank Bethesda when they clashed in the opening match of a double-header.
Winning the toss and opting to field, Empire’s bowling attack was pummeled by former West Indies wicket-keeper/batsman Devon “Boobie” Thomas and national cricketer Mali Richards who made 61 and 42, respectively.
Thomas had four boundaries and five sixes in his total and Richards had five boundaries.
Bowling for Empire, Trevorson Atley picked up two wickets for 20 runs, Alva Joseph bagged one for 29 and Edwin Richardson snatched one for 29.
When their turn at the crease arrived, Empire could only get to 75 for five off their 11 overs. Shane Burton led with the bat as he had 30 runs while Jauri Edwards scored 28.
Desir St Ange and Kevin Archibald both had a couple of wickets for Bethesda. St Ange had two for 11 and Archibald snatched two for 13, while Gavin Tonge picked up one for eight.
Devon “Boobie” Thomas was adjudged Man of the Match.
In Wednesday’s feature contest, Pigotts Crushers made it two in a row with a 47-run victory over Medpath New Winthorpes.
Batting first, Crushers reached 136 for eight off their 20 overs with Rolston “Trish” Phillip blasting 56 off just 52 deliveries. His knock included five boundaries and one six.
Daniel “Timmy” Thomas also contributed with the bat as he made 36 from 36 deliveries that included three boundaries and a six.
Rawl Lewis bagged two for 23 with the ball for the losers while Chad Hampson picked up two for 32 also in four overs.
New Winthropes could only reach 89 for seven in their allotted 20 overs. Former Leeward Islands player, Anthony “Butters” Lake, was named man of the match after bagging four wickets for 11 runs from just 3.3 overs.