ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Defending champions News Winthorpes and Orion have both booked their spots in the quarter-finals of the PIC Insurance Inter-Church Cricket League following wins at Powell’s on Saturday night.
New Winthorpes endured a scare against Jennings who limited them to 66 for seven, while Orion beat Parham by nine wickets after shattering their opponents to a paltry 37 for nine off ten overs.
Chief organiser Seth Burton explained how New Winthorpes and Orion managed to etch their names into the final stages of the competition.
“New Winthorpes, out at Powell’s, had a very decent display against Jennings, winning by some nine runs and therefore with one match remaining they are pretty safe and secure. They are on 25 points, winning five and only lost one, so they are pretty comfortable at the top and they had some decent performances from guys like Earl Waldron, Dorian Grant and Glentis Martin,” Burton said.
“In the other game at Powell’s, we had a situation where Orion beat Parham by nine wickets. So we have St John’s and Orion already confirmed at the top of Group B; New Winthorpes already confirmed at the top of Group A, and four other teams vying for three spots,” Burton added.
Only Martin, with 24, made any serious contribution for the defending champions after Patmore Richards took three for nine and Daniel Williams three for seven.
In reply, Jennings reached 57 for eight. Waldron took two wickets for two runs for New Winthorpes, supported by Kimani George’s two for six and Grant’s two for 13.
Burton anticipates the competition’s intensity will increase.
“After last weekend’s matches, we have found ourselves in a situation where a lot of teams are tying up and vying for the quarter-finals because in the two matches played at Dredgers you would have had a situation where Tindall would have beaten Clare Hall, so Clare Hall would have ended on 20 points while Tindall, with one game to go, are on 20 points,” he said.
“Bethesda had beaten Bible Speaks in the same Group A which means Bethesda is on 20 points like Tindall and Clare Hall, and they also have one match remaining; and Bible Speaks did not get off the mark. So you have four teams on 20 points – PAWI (Pentecost), Tindall, Bethesda and Clare Hall.”
In other results at Dredgers, Tindall beat Clare Hall and Bethesda beat Bible Speaks as both winners moved to 20 points, the same as Clare Hall.
The competition continues tomorrow at Dredgers where Jennings play Bethesda at 6:30 pm and Freetown battle Parham in a crucial contest.