Blackhawks Beat Pythons To Top Group-A In T20 Explosion

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People’s Insurance Company (PIC) Liberta Blackhawks made light work of All Saints Pythons to emerge winners of Group A in the 2017 Cool & Smooth T20 Cricket Explosion on Tuesday.
Both teams needed a victory if they were to finish at the top of the standings and Blackhawks seized
the opportunity, beating Pythons by nine wickets in the feature contest of a double-header at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
Deciding to bat after winning the toss, Pythons failed to find their footing at the crease losing their first two wickets for just three runs before stumbling to 13 runs for five wickets. The All Saints men struggled onto 40 for seven before eventually getting to 81 for eight in their allotted 20 overs.
Wilden “Polo” Cornwall was the pick of the bowlers for Blackhawks, claiming three wickets for 12 runs in four overs while Stanny Simon also bagged three wickets but for 19 runs from three overs.
Liberta in reply, were led by Avier Christian who slammed 42 not out as they reached 82 for one in 10 overs.
Wilden, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his bowling figures, said the defending champions are yet to play their best cricket of the tournament as a number of players are yet to get an opportunity to put their talents on display.
“It’s all about putting the ball in the right areas and making the ball do the work for you sometimes. When you have learnt your trade they come natural to you but I felt good and for the whole day [Monday] me and Jimbo [Rahkeem Cornwall] arguing because he said he wasn’t giving me no bowling in the tournament so I told him to drop me and he decided he would give me the ball and I had to prove my worth,” he said.
As for his own performance, Wilden said he had no choice but to step up to the plate and get the job done.
“I would like to see Jimbo get a little more batting but the team is doing well and if you realise, half of the batsmen haven’t batted yet, but going into a final with players who haven’t gotten a chance means they are hungry … so in a situation like this, it can be very dangerous because players want a little feel in the middle [order] as well,” the player/coach said.
Meanwhile, in Tuesday’s other contest, former champions Pigotts Crushers picked up what will be their only victory in the competition this year, beating New Winthorpes by 54 runs.
Batting first, Crushers were led by Demari Benta who made 42 as they amassed 127 for five in their 20 overs.
New Winthorpes, in reply, could only reach 73 before they were all out. Their best effort came from Russell James who made 32.
Benta was best with the ball for Crushers as he claimed three wickets for 20 runs in four overs. Elvin Berridge, Dwain Fordyce and Dean Williams all had two wickets also bowling for Crushers.

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