By Neto Baptiste
PIC Liberta Blackhawks claimed their 14th title in 16 finals following an 83 runs victory over Pigotts Crushers at the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG) on Sunday to win the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association’s (ABCA) Super 40 crown.
Asked to bat after Crushers won the toss, Blackhawks amassed 233 for nine in their allotment of 40 overs in windy and cloudy conditions at the Coolidge venue.
They were led by Amahl Nathaniel who made 51. He slammed four fours and two sixes on his way to the half century. There were also contributions from Kadeem Phillip who made 43 and Avier Christian with 42. Phillip cracked two fours and four sixes while Christian picked up six fours. There was a knock of 35 from Uri Smith at the top of the order for Blackhawks.
Demari Benta was the pick of the bowlers for Crushers as he snatched three wickets for 48 runs in eight overs while Vincent Shadrach Jr and Elroy Francis Jr had identical figures of two for 33 in eight overs.
In their chase, Crushers started well with Malique Walsh and Benta putting on a 50-runs partnership to see their team to 82 for two in 19 overs.
Crushers eventually caved, and despite a well-played 52 off 66 balls from Benta, were all out for 150 in 37.4 overs. Kadeem Henry was the next best batsman with 25 runs.
Leeward Islands all-rounder Kofi James was the pick of the bowlers for Blackhawks as he claimed three for 11 in five overs. Regis Burton also had some success with the ball, snatching two wickets for 13 runs in 2.4 overs. Christian, Karima Gore, Phillip, Wilden Cornwall Jr and West Indies spinner, Rahkeem Cornwall, all claimed one wicket.
Meanwhile, All Saints Pythons eased to a six-wicket triumph over Empire Nation in Saturday’s third place contest at the same venue.
Batting first, Empire Nation posted 187 for eight in their 40 overs with Justin Athanaze hitting a top score of 60. Michael Marcellin snatched three wickets for 41 runs, bowling for the victors.
Pythons then raced to 189 for four with 3.4 overs to spare. Michael Dover led the way with the bat, slamming nine fours and one six on his way to 72 from just 80 deliveries. Lynton Africa took two for 36 in eight overs bowling for Empire.