ST JOHN’S, Antigua – New Winthorpes opened their 2014 cricket campaign on a winning note on Sunday when they defeated Combined Schools by six wickets to capture the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association’s (ABCA) Sixes Tournament in Bethesda.
Chasing 71 for victory after Combined Schools had posted a total of 70 in their allotted six overs, New Winthorpes reached 72 for four in just 4.4 overs.
Owen Graham top-scored for New Winthorpes with 40 runs which included two boundaries and four sixes. James StevensJr had the best bowling figures for Combined Schools as he bagged two for eight in his single over.
For the losers, Tyrone Williams top-scored with 45 runs which included three sixes and five boundaries, while Ian Eusebe picked up three wickets for five runs in his one over.
New Winthorpes captain Nino Henry said his team’s winning performance came as no surprise.
“We had just won the sixes tournament in Pigotts the weekend before so we were on a high and it’s the same set of guys really so it didn’t really change. Everybody sort of understands each other so that’s what happened over there,” he said.
“We have been in training since after the New Year just after the Christmas season. We have been doing a lot of physical training as well as in the nets. So it’s just the hard work paying off right now.”
New Winthorpes walked away with a cash prize of $1,000 presented by Karib Cable, while Combined Schools received $500 courtesy Benjies Workshop.
Henry believes his team will have a successful 2014 season.
“We had been playing well last season but last season was affected by the rain. So this season we started good, yes, but the players are really looking forward to the 2014 season and we are very hungry for a 40 overs trophy as well. So we’re going to work towards that next,” he said.
“We have a balanced team where a lot of the guys are all-rounders, especially in the middle. So not only do you have guys that can bat, you have guys who can bowl as well and hold their own in the field. So as long as everybody does what he has to do, the team will be successful,” he added.
Combined Schools’ Tyrone Williams was adjudged Tournament MVP and received a DL 700 Hand Set complements Digicel along with one case of Vitamin Water complements Ken’s Club.
New Winthorpes’ Graham was the player of the finals and received a half case of Power Aid donated by Ken’s Club, while Combined Schools captured the most disciplined team award.