Caribbean Union Bank (CUB) Bethesda opened their Cool & Smooth T20 Explosion campaign with a convincing eight-wicket trouncing of the Jennings cricket team at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
Winning the toss and opting to bat, Jennings barely got past the 100 mark, making 104 for nine in their allotted 20 overs. Tyson Mickle was the only scorer of note for Jennings with 27 runs.
Former national and Leeward Islands spinner, Anthony “I-roots” Martin, was the pick of the bowlers for Bethesda, bagging three wickets for 16 runs in four overs while Kevin Archibald snatched two for 29, also from four overs.
When their turn at the crease arrived, Bethesda reached their target in just 10.3 overs, hitting 108 for two. Tonito Willet slammed 40 not out while Austin Richards Jr contributed 32 runs.
President of the Bethesda Cricket Club, Kenny Lewis, welcomed the somewhat easy victory.
“You know when you go fishing, no matter what fish you catch and no matter how small it is, you are thankful so you don’t throw away anything, so that is the way we are looking at it. Jennings, some people may say is a small fish, but we’re thankful for any victory at this point and develop a momentum going forwards,” he said.
Bethesda, Lewis said, is hoping to be one of two teams advancing to the semifinals from their group but said they must keep an eye on the invited and seemingly in-form Montserrat squad.
“That does not say because Montserrat won two games that they have been guaranteed a spot in the finals. They still have to go and at least win one game and the tougher of the teams are who they have remaining,” he said.
Meanwhile, Montserrat defeated Bolans by seven wickets to win their second match of the tournament.
Batting first, Bolans made 97 for nine in their 20 overs with Orlando Peters’ 28 being the only score of note. Shernyl Burns picked up four wickets for 11 runs bowling for the victors.
Montserrat, in reply, reached 101 for three with Jaison Peters not out on 26 and Dion West hitting 24.
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